Good news, everybody! The movie everyone assumed would be good and the media said would be good, is, in fact, good. I’d go as far as to say great, even.
The film pretty much develops as the trailer hints: Tony Stark is a bad-ass arms dealer and playboy billionaire who gets captured by some very evil dudes in Afghanistan. His experiences there are life-changing, and he comes back a man with a mission, to fight evil with a sweet robotic suit.
What might be the most surprising aspect of Iron Man is just how little action there is. The film is about two hours long, but there are only three noteworthy action sequences. This is a very character-driven movie, with plenty of humor throughout.
We all thought Robert Downey Jr. was the perfect choice for Tony Stark, and we were right. Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard and Jeff Bridges as much mileage out of their screen time as they can, but this is Downey’s show. Director Jon Favreau and Stan Lee both deliver on their expected cameos as well.
Iron Man is one of those great summer escapist movies. It’s everything we wanted it to be and I can’t wait to see what most certainly will be the more action-packed sequel.
Make sure you stay for the scene after the credits.