Today was the start of the Summer Movie Season. We went to see our first matinée in many months. We got our tickets, popcorn and soda. One word describes this movie - AWESOME!
I was surprised that Iron Man ran 126 minutes - it felt longer. That isn't a bad thing, though. Having read Marvel Comics, mostly X-Men, I have enjoyed a story arc or two of Iron Man's. They hinted at SHIELD and War Machine towards the end, which could make for interesting sequels. The story, just as with most Marvel movies, doesn't fall completely true to the Marvel Universe, but in this case, that's ok.
Robert Downey, Jr. is fantastic, and even if you don't like movies based on comics, he's worth seeing. He is a wonderful actor and brought a great performance. If you like comic books, Downey is Tony Stark. If they pursue the Marvel Universe story, the sequel could deal with Tony's alcoholism, and I think Downey could bring a lot of depth to the role under those circumstances.
People get blown up, there are scenes of Tony being tortured by Arab terrorists, there is death. There are no body parts, but some of the scenes may be too intense for small children, though there were plenty at the theater for a 2:30 pm show. It has a PG-13 rating, because there is some "adult content" (Tony hooks up with a reporter - no nudity).
If you want a story were someone finally "sees the light" and wants to "change their ways" and "do the right thing", this is one of those movies. It's a popcorn kind of movie - go see it. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 93%, their highest of the year!