Tony Stark is a billionaire inventor, industrialist and weapons manufacturer. After seeing first-hand what his weapons do, he decides to don a crime-fighting metal cape.
It’s hard to fault Iron Man as it has very few shortcomings. It’s Hollywood at its best: finely tuned action, expensive special effects, golden-haired girls and entertainment made for the big screen. On the flipside, it’s really not a deep movie; in fact it’s all surface. For what Iron Man tries to be, however, such depth is moot.
Iron Man works in all the ways Spider-Man 3 didn’t. It’s well paced, entertaining, believably unrealistic and with a story that doesn’t feel like it’s quilted together in the last minute. Robert Downey works well in his role and surprisingly: so does Gwyneth Paltrow. Now watch out for a cameo early on by director Jon Favreau. In the mean time, I’ll wait patiently for the sequel. Added note: I’m told there’s an extra scene after the end-credits.