One doesn't really go with great cinematic expectations for a movie like "Iron Man". What I wanted was just a good ol' action/superhero film, but it's hard to say I wasn't disappointed, even with those very low expectations.
It was a typical SuperHero story with a Batmanesque billionaire-fighting-crime-at-night theme, and that was a fun concept for a category such as this. The director also tried some unique treatment of milestone events. The part where Tony Stark's (played by Robert Downey Jr.) convoy gets bombed in Afghanistan, and when he makes an announcement at the end are two examples that immediately spring to mind. Something very important happens very quickly. This, however, didn't really work for me. I suppose trying to differentiate oneself as a director is hard, and Jon Favreau couldn't really pull this one off.
To be fair, the movie had its positives. It did do a decent job of infusing some humor with scenes such as Iron Man shooting down multiple targets (no spoilers!), and asking his villainous version, "How did you solve the icing problem?". Oh, and there was this robot that acts as cute as any robot can get.
As with any superhero movie, the costume plays a major part in how the movie is accepted, and the maroon and gold Iron Man suit was just cool beyond words. The stunts were a mixed bag; the one with the two fighter planes chasing down Iron Man was awesome, but the one with the Iron-Men fighting wasn't too hot. It's also possible that I'm getting a little too old for this kind of action, seeing as how I didn't enjoy the Transformers' action too much.
It also had the usual superhero moral dilemma, with this movie essaying the guilt that weapon makers feel (or don't feel) and the corruption that exists in that industry. My favorite part of the whole movie, though, was the Black Sabbath riff from their song 'Iron Man' as the credits began to roll. Sweet!
Having said all this, the movie missed that crucial punch, with probably a little too much happening at times, and some parts overstaying their welcome. One felt that the usually gorgeous Gwyneth Paltrow was a bit too plain as Pepper Potts (sigh, what a disappointment!) and her role was a little too boring at times. Tony Stark's personality is confusing, with some scenes showing him as a mature human being, and some scenes showing him to be plain crazy.
In summation, the verdict is confused, I'm not crazy about the film, but it's not a dud either. 6 on 10.