Film Analysis: Iron Man


This is the 3rd movie in my marvel marathon. Tony Stark, The owner of a huge weapons company seeks out to do a weapons presentation over seas in the middle east during war. He then gets captured and needs to escape using a high tech suit he built from scraps. He then later builds a professional version and is known as iron man.

Film Analysis

Film Title
Iron Man
Year 2008
Jon Favreau
Genre Action/Adventure/Sci-fi
If you could work on this film (change it), what would you change and why? I would have a longer end battle scene because it could be much better.


1. Who is the protagonist? Iron Man
2. Who is the antagonist? Obidiah
3. What is the conflict? Terrorists using Stark weaponry
4. What is the theme or central, unifying concept? (summarize in one or two words) always do what is best for your reputation
5. How is the story told (linear, non-linear, with flashbacksflash-forwards, at regular intervals) Linear
6. What “happens” in the plot (Brief description)? Tony Stark gets kidnapped by terrorists overseas and has to build a suit of armor to escape and become iron man
7. How does the film influence particular reactions on the part of viewers (sound, editing,
characterization, camera movement, etc.)? Why does the film encourage such
The soundtrack on this move makes your head rock out and makes you totally connect with the film
8. Is the setting realistic or stylized? What atmosphere does the setting suggest? Do particular objects or settings serve symbolic functions? Realistic, I think everything in this movie technically could happen
9. How are the characters costumed and made-up? What does their clothing or makeup reveal about their social standing, ethnicity, nationality, gender, or age? How do costume and makeup convey character? There are military uniforms and terrorist uniforms which shows their standings, plus there’s the iron man suit which identifies tony
10. How does the lighting design shape our perception of character, space, or mood? Lots of flashy lights and blue lights which symbolizes the iron man core
11. How do camera angles and camera movements shape our view of characters or spaces? What do you see cinematically? Uses lots of wide shots to show all the action
12. What is the music’s purpose in the film? How does it direct our attention within the image? How does it shape our interpretation of the image? What stands out about the music? The music is a bunch of classic hard rock songs which fits with tony’s personality and his ability to be a badass
13. How might industrial, social, and economic factors have influenced the film? Describe how this film influences or connects to a culture? Soldiers who fought overseas during the war in the middle east could relate to this movie
14. Give an example of what a film critic had to say about this film. Use credible sources and cite sources.Example: “The Shawshank Redemption Movie Review (1994) | Roger Ebert.” All Content. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 June 2015. “Iron Man is a different breed of superhero movie – a film that remembers it’s possible to be outside the target demographic and still enjoy a tale set in this genre” -James. Berardinelli |reelviews 2008 (no date)
15. Select one scene no longer than 5 minutes that represents well the whole film and shows relevant cinematic elements. Write a one-sentence description of the scene and record the time of the scene.Example: from 1:05:00 to 1:10:00.

Explain why you chose this scene.


Shows starks risky personality and is a great introduction to the first professional suit

16. In the selected scenewrite a sentence for each of the elements below to justify why this scene best represents the film:
a. Screenwriting: risky decisions while flying which connects with his personality
b. Sound Design: Flying noises which are throughout the film
c. Camera Movements/Angles: full body shots to show off the suit
d. Light Setup: bright in his mansion and dark outside
e. Soundtrack/Score: Rock music to show how cool it is
18. What’s the socio-cultural context of this film? Takes place during the war in the middle east

This worksheet was developed with ideas from many IB Film teachers, thus should remain in the Creative Commons

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