Iron Man (2008)

On one hand, Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark is a rich asshole, wisecracking his way through a self-centered lifestyle. On the other, he’s a brilliant and hardworking recluse who still puts his nose to the grindstone for his company. He’s a suitably complex leading man for a film that’s otherwise quite standard (though still with some great action) and his moral transformation–while a bit simplistic–perfects him as a protagonist while still taking care to retain the charisma we’ve grown to love/hate.


  1. When I first saw this film eight years ago, it actually kind of blew me away. I didn’t expect to see a superhero movie that’s equally thrilling and humorous. It has characters that you can take seriously and invest in, yet it isn’t afraid to be fun. Plus, Downey, Jr. is just perfect here.

    Excellent review!

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