Iron Man

When I saw a couple of scores of 100 on metacritic.com for Iron Man, I thought it was hyperbole. Nope. Jon Favreau knocked it out of the park.

I thought Robert Downey, Jr. was an odd casting as Tony Stark but, having seen the film, I don’t think it would work without him. He brings a charm to the role that makes the trillionaire playboy thing work. Gwyneth Paltrow plays Pepper Potts perfectly. Jeff Bridges does a good job as Obadiah Stone. The script contains enough references to the canon to please the geeks and enough hints for sequels to please the suits with some comedic moments to balance the introspection. Matthew Libatique did a good job photographing the dark sets and Dan Lebental edited it together well. ILM provided stunning visual effects.

Favreau did for comic book movies what Peter Jackson did for Tolkien. If you are not a geek, you should see this film. If you are a geek, you must see this film.

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