The choice was Iron Man. The Carl Pavano story? Alas, no. Turns out it was even better than that. I loved it.
Robert Downey Jr. is the best movie superhero in recent times. It was brilliant casting because he’s not what you expect. The guy who played Charlie Chaplin as Iron Man? He plays off his own character flaws in a way that makes you want to root for him.
The supporting cast is note perfect. Terrence Howard is the cool sidekick. Gwyneth Paltrow, hot as ever, is the supportive girlfriend. Jeff Bridges is the evil villain and Leslie Bibb is top-notch as the eye candy who drops in from time to time. They’re all gleefully committed to it. You get the idea that director Jon Favreau made it fun.
There’s some actual acting in this comic book movie, not just a bunch of explosions and CGI. The end came together a little quick. Like a lot of movies, the writers have a good idea but can’t quite figure out how to put a bow on it. And of course they kicked a door to the sequel wide, wide open. Stay around after the credits, by the way.
You’ll walk away entertained and less furious than usual that you paid $4.50 for a soda. Iron Man will continue to get primo word-of-mouth and will bury the tedious Indiana Jones this summer. Downey is twice as cool as Harrison Ford.
Meanwhile, the trailer for The Dark Knight makes you want to see if they’re selling tickets now.