Just got home from seeing Iron Man, and I loved it! Well worth the price of admission. (But I still gave the kid in the ticket booth a hard time about it: "What do you think you're doing, selling gas?" I asked. )
Just add Robert Downey, Jr. to the list of bad boys you can't help but love... (See Also: Sheen, Charlie and Wilson, Owen) I really do hope he's beaten his addictions and wish him the best. However, you won't catch me cosigning on any movie-insurance forms for him, if you know what I mean.
The origin story was very endearing, I liked that the character was a rich genius. I'm very anti-Hulk that way. Clark Kent never did anything for me, either. Just because everyone around him was so stupid they couldn't figure out 'glasses' as a secret disguise didn't make Clark a theoretical physicist, just smarter than those dopes. At least Batman was tortured. And rich. Hmmm. I'm seeing a trend... Oh, God, no! My comic dream date - Ritchie Rich??? Ew!! Maybe Aquaman. I'd like to live under the sea.
I understand Paltrow asked Marvel for issues that would help her understand her character. I certainly admire that, but I'm sure the material severely limited her performance. She had no depth because the character was written with none. Miss Moneypenny all the way.
The show was obviously sponsored by Burger King and Audi. Both Iron Man and Pepper drove Audi R8s! Nothing like being so rich your assistant drives an R8. However, I must alert readers to another grade of A this movie receives from me: A for Auto Abuse.
I'm talking about the disturbing scene where Tony is single-handedly creating the Iron Man suit in his monster garage - without removing any of the exotics or motorcycles along the outside wall. One glance and I knew disaster was about to occur. I should have covered my eyes. I spotted a Lamborghini, Porsche, Audi, and Cobra, along with a few others I couldn't ID.
Spoiler Alert: The Cobra gets it. This blatant movie destruction of a priceless automobile is more than this enthusiast could shrug off easily. It's only a movie, it's only a movie, it's only....
Also, I hated having to wait for the closing credits to hear the iconic Black Sabbath song. I do hope they open the next movie with it!