Iron Man

2008, Marvel Studios

I'll admit I was a little skeptical about casting Robert Downey Jr. as a superhero. But all doubts were laid to rest as I came to thoroughly enjoy Iron Man. Critics and fans were likewise enthusiastic about it as well. Snappy script, consistently pace, and great effects contribute to a success.

       

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Iron Man 2

2010, Marvel Studios et al

The inevitable sequel sees some slight changes: while the story, action and performances are all up to par, it's already starting to feel ever so slightly stale. On the plus side, Don Cheadle replaces Terrence Howard as Iron Man's sidekick, to the film's benefit. Competent production and good performances help maintain an even keel for a fun, worthwhile ride. Incidentally, Mickey Rourke was not especially well liked, but I thought he was more interesting than most villains. Shows you how much I know.

       

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Iron Man 3

2013, Marvel Studios

Number three was an enormous critical and financial success, raking in a mind-boggling one and a quarter billion. By contrast, for me it's the least interesting member of the trilogy by far. In particular, it suffers from the "more is better" mentality, offering us not one, not two, but dozens of Iron Men, all engaging in wildly frenetic, implausible battles. The romantic scenes also come off as uncharacteristically saccharine, particularly at the end. And while I can't fault the quality of the effects, they're a bit overwhelming at times. Not a bad film by any stretch of the imagination; just a slightly above average one for me.

   

   

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