Wednesday, May 19, 2010



Robert Downey Jr.: Tony Stark, CEO of Stark Industries
Garry Shandling: Senator Stern, chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee
Gwyneth Paltrow: Stark’s personal assistant Virginia “Pepper” Potts
Scarlett Johansson: Stark Industries new hire Natalie Rushman
Mickey Rourke: Russian physicist Ivan Vanko
Sam Rockwell: Justin Hammer, CEO of Hammer Industries
Don Cheadle: Stark’s best friend Lt. Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes
Samuel L. Jackson: Nick Fury, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.

There are a few good one-liners - I especially liked the one by Stark about the interview he gave for a magazine - and these double entendres make it a surprisingly funny script at times.

Unless you are a committed fan of the series you will probably find it too long with a running time in excess of 2 hours. Although the beginning and end move along at a good clip, things bog down in the middle because of the complex plot and lots of dialogue that goes nowhere: there are too many words, not enough action.

As would be expected the special effects are nothing short of spectacular. For the most part the acting is top notch except for Cheadle. He is an excellent actor but this part just isn't right for him; most of the time he looks out of place and uncomfortable with what he’s doing.

for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence and some language.

• Lt. Colonel Rhodes and the Air Force base commander should not have saluted when they terminated their discussion in the hanger as saluting is not required when indoors, except when reporting to an officer or when on duty as a guard.
• While being interviewed Ivan’s white undershirt is sometimes much in evidence and in other shots his black vest-like shirt completely hides it.

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