Robert Downey Jr. truly blasts off in this blockbuster. This film set the standard for all future Marvel-verse movies to meet or exceed. Robert Downey Jr. comes off as a real character and as a believable Tony Stark; a genius, freewheeling, disreputable, egotistical reprobate. The bad boy who you feel equal parts annoyance and amusement at his goofball behavior.
There is definite chemistry between him and Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts) and his relationship with Jeff Bridges (Obadiah Stane) seems like a big brotherly, almost fatherly affection. And the rage, the fury of their titanic battle only echoes the betrayal that Stark must feel at the hands of Stane. Yeah, the characters are really real and the actors are all great.
And the special effects? The sheer gadgetry and techno-wizardry totally blew me away. This is what Iron Man is suppose to be like; bleeding edge technology at it's finest, so cutting edge that you wonder why the Hell all of us don't have armored battlesuits like Tony Stark.
The storyline is great as well. A munitions maker rediscovering his conscience when he is mortally injured by his own weapons. And Jeff Bridges was one of the truly great villains on the screen. He comes off so likeable and reasonable even when he reveals that he's the one that stabbed Tony in the back to save the stock prices. It's clever and cognizant of how evil can justify itself like that. I had no complaints, this film stands on it's own, yet clearly it's building on itself for the future.
Iron Man Lives! He Walks! He CONQUERS!