Todd Gaines’s review published on Letterboxd:
Tony Stark: Billionaire, playboy, maker of weapons, gambler, ladies man, lover of cheeseburgers, and before the end credits roll, Iron Man.
Iron Man? Iron Man? RDJ? But, Dark Knight with Heath as Joker is coming out in a couple of months? The hell? The fuck? I think this was my reaction when this flick was released. I had no desire to watch. Oops, my bad.
The origin story is off the chain! When you have AC/DC blaring through my speakers within the first few minutes, you have my full attention. Tom Morello plays guitar throughout, and I have to give credit to composer, Ramin Djawadi, for his Rock N' Roll musical score. Something, I believe is missing in most comic book man movies, today. Plus, the action is fun as fuck. Such intelligent direction from Jon Favreau. RDJ blasting cave fuckers is priceless. This is the type of action we expected in Transformers, but never received. Also, RDJ perfecting his design looks tight. I think Stan Winston played a part. Mr Winston was a special effects genius. Hell, these effects look more real, than most of today's big movies. The world lost a legend when Mr Winston passed.
I can't stand Gwyneth Paltrow. She's on my short list for most annoying snob. I don't feel her, and never will. Who thought it was a brilliant idea to cast her? Yikes. Leslie Bibb and RDJ have one of the worst sex scenes I've seen. They should've edited it out. But, that about all I didn't like.
The Dude is in this, and he looks like he hasn't smoked a J in 20 years. Poor fella. The Dude looks like Jesse "The Body" Ventura. You know what? He nails his role. His eyes, man! The way he looked at me, freaked me the fuck out. I think I need something to relax.
Terrence Howard is badass. It sucks his role was recast. I guess it's hard out here for a pimp? Watching these MCU movies has taught me a valuable lesson: Agent Coulson is the motherfucker of all motherfuckers! Hot damn he's on fire.
I love the pace of Iron Man. It runs at a zoom zoom boom speed. Nothing is wasted, and I was never for one minute bored. The story is right on target. The end credits scene is just right. Stan Lee's cameo is pimpilicious. In a way, could Iron Man be the best and worst thing to ever happen to the MCU? Does it get any better than this? What a way to set the bar so high. Easily, my favorite MCU movie, and now one of my favorite movies of all time. Yeah, I like this one!!