the 1966 Iron Man cartoon here:
HT for the TV series videos: The Husband
SFSignal has a review saying, "All told, it was exactly what I wanted out of a summer film - action, excellent CGI, and a hero you can root for.".
SFScope has a review.
John Wright's review.
PositiveLiberty didn't like it:
Look, casting Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark was a stroke of genius and it was wonderful that Downey could work the film into his schedule between rehabs. Gwyneth Paltrow’s quasi-romantic interest works well, giving Paltrow’s much publicized stiletto heel fetish an opportunity to be put on display on the talk show circuit.
In fact, everything about Iron Man works except Iron Man. Taken as a whole, it is simply too predictable to engender the slightest bit of dramatic tension from the point where Stark escapes from the cave.
The fact is that Iron Man is splashy and big-screen worthy and just about everything a summer blockbuster should be except a good movie.
Yikes! I thought the rehab crack was a bit tacky in a review, but maybe I'm prejudiced since I thought the film was "everything a summer blockbuster should be": lots of fun.
Not only is it a good comic book movie (smart and stupid, stirring and silly, intimate and spectacular), it's winning enough to engage even those who've never cared much for comic books or the movies they spawn. Like me.