RDJ brings real verve to his portrayal, the supporting cast are excellent and the setup is contemporary and clever. Favreau keeps things moving nicely and the entire piece balances well the tension between comedy, drama and thrills. Starts the Marvel party with a real bang, let down only slightly by the rather underwhelming metal man clash finale.
Nearly revolutionary for its time, Iron Man has changed Blockbuster films forever. The template for every attempt at a big sweeping summer hit, is structured around & cloned from the beats of this film. How many times will the worldwide audience be willing to subject themselves to Iron Man masqueraded as another film? Watching any modern Marvel film has me daydreaming back to the impact films like this once had.