Iron Man ★★★★

77/100

Remember when superhero movies were (gasp!) simple? And (whoa!) sweet? And barely connected to one another? My memory is getting foggy when it comes to all of these conveyor-belt products, replacing cinema with post credit stingers and throwing away a collective storytelling experience and shoving in a quick-fast-cut-boom-quip audience cheer fest. I feel like I'm witnessing the downfall of something monumental and sacred, but so many people love these things (it's a rush seeing an MCU film in a packed theatre), and when I watch Iron Man, I feel for the personality of Tony Stark and his origin. Jon Favreau's knack of snappy popcorn pacing and refined action bombast makes for a supremely entertaining film, one that continues to hold up the foundation of the MCU juggernaut.

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