I admit, I was expecting this to be dreadful but I was wrong, its amazingly very good. The usual obvious creation/start up storyline of course with everything you tend to expect when a superhero legend begins. The first thing that hit me was the suit, its sex on a stick for sure! it looks so so damn cool. The way it attaches itself to Downey and locks in place, the HUD display in the helmet, the weapons on the arm sections, its fantastic, finally there's a competitor to the Stormtrooper armour.
This is what I wanna see for the next 'Robocop', but with a more violent tone of course. This movie shows what can be done if done right, how 'Transformers' could have looked, its very impressive indeed. Not only are the actual Iron Man suits extremely well made for real in certain sequences, but the CGI is top notch in other outlandish sequences.
I'm no fan of CGI I won't deny but even this shocked me, I fully expected this film to look bad, obvious, plastic and fake, but bugger me if the CGI wasn't fudging amazing! best damn CGI I've seen in ages, I loved the new shiny looking suit effects but I loved the battered, scratched, used CGI effects even more. It could of been so easy to keep everything looking nice sparkly and new, but like Star Wars the used universe works wonders and a beaten up Iron Man suit looks brilliant.
The first action scene where 'Stark' gets back at the terrorists that captured him is excellent, really action packed and gets you right into the action and wanting more. You really get behind 'Stark' as he powers the terrorists through walls and takes them out with tiny missiles, superb intro to the suit with an awesome and highly grounded action sequence (wouldn't blame you for thinking any action was gonna be hokey).
The finale battle with bridges character is a little silly and kinda loses that realistic feel, really goes into the comicbook realms and almost looks a bit like 'Transformers' at times *shudders*. Its still handled well and of course looks excellent, much better than Bay's robot film as you can actually make out what's going on. Plus its not too over the top, it just about remains reasonably sensible...well as sensible as a comicbook action flick goes anyway.
The cast is also spot on for once, Downey is great as 'Stark', his humour is dry, witty, sarcastic and does raise a giggle for the older audience members. Bridges does look powerful and evil as the bald villain, he has that deep thick voice which serves him well, didn't see quite enough of him being evil here. Paltrow was also OK, a little annoying with her screams all the time but I guess that's what heroines do in these type of films.
There were a few bits I didn't get too well, when he's captured by the terrorists he makes his initial suit very quickly, a little too quickly maybe. At the end he refers to himself as 'Iron Man' but this is never mentioned throughout, it just pops up at the end which is weird. Why does he tell the world he is Iron Man at the end? did he make up the name there and then? and why does he show the injury on his chest with a circular glow? surely that just asks for trouble. Maybe these are things you know if your a fanboy. I would like to ask for no more bloody Stan Lee cameos, jesus...yes you made up the characters, we get it, get of your high horse already.
Anyway, yes this was a great fun film for everyone to enjoy. Still very surprised it turned out so well and with such good looking CGI! would have laid money on this being a childish, poor looking mess. For once I am looking forward to a sequel.