Iron Man

Rating: 3.75 of 5 ★★★¾☆ 

I’m not a huge Robert Downey Jr. fan. In fact, I kind of dislike him more than I like him. Or, I did. But I was actually surprised at how much I liked this movie, even after everyone said again and again how good it is. I still didn’t expect to like it that much, because I generally don’t like him.

But I did like this movie. I was surprised by how dark it is in the beginning; how tonally it was so different from the opening and from what I expected. But it was a necessary shift in tone and it was odd but still believable and authentic. Unlike X-Men 2 which had a horrible shift in tone half way through the movie.

And then, when it got back to the shiny, flashy side of life I liked that Tony Stark was changed – that there was a real shift in character so that whole first act had significance and resonated through the rest of the film.

The unexpected and great thing was that I actually like tony Stark, and now Robert Downey Jr. somewhat by extension. He brings such complexity to the role it’s remarkable. His irreverence is amusing but you believe his strength and his vulnerability also. He pretty much makes the movie worthwhile. But in doing so, he makes this a character driven super hero film with more story than action which I loved. And judging by how much money it made, studios should have paid more attention to that.

Writing:★★★¼☆ 
Characters:★★★★☆ 
Performances:★★★★☆ 
Directing:★★★☆☆ 
Production:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★¾☆ 

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