One of the things I squeezed in to my recent trip home to Ohio was to see Iron Man. As regular readers already know, I'm a sucker for super hero movies. I'm a DC Comics fan, mostly, but still get excited about almost any super hero movie that comes along.
Iron Man, a Marvel Comics character, was one of the most unlikely super heroes to exist in the real world. He's big and clunky, doesn't look very flexible or flight-worthy, and would seem to lend no personality to the screen because of his total encasement in a metal endoskeleton.
But this movie fixed all that. It's exciting, it's fun, it's even funny. And 50% or more of its success is attributable to one thing: Robert Downey Jr. For all of his troubles over the last decade or so, he was the perfect choice for Iron Man's alter-ego, Tony Stark. His 40+ years (virtually the same age as this blogger) melds perfectly with the character. Perfect, just perfect.
It didn't throw too many villains, too many heroes, or anything extraneous at the screen like so many other super hero movies tend to do (hello, Batman & Robin and Spider-Man 3).
And the movie is everything that Superman Returns should have been. Don't get me wrong, I dearly loved SR, and am a DC purist at heart. But Iron Man, while it does include a little romance, easily surpasses that movie, all of the Spider-Man movies, all other super hero movies, in this comic book fan/blogger's opinion.
Go see it on the big screen, you will not be disappointed. Highly recommended.