i don't think it's unreasonable to state that if you put robert downey jnr. in a film, it will be lit up like my arse at christmas. this is absolutely true of Iron Man, and downey carries this film for two hours of utterly brilliant, easy watching genius. he is ably assisted by jeff bridges who performs the classic villain, and even gwyneth paltrow warms the screen.
more than warms it, actually... she's very pleasant as a slightly neurotic, cutesy PA with calves you would eat your dinner off, given half the chance.
this film is pure fun, with more than enough "AWESOMMMMEEEE!!!!!" moments. the suit design is fantastic, the humour is wonderful and.... and... robert downey! stick around for the post-credit secret scene. if you liked the film, it will make you smile inanely for a little while.