A damn good superhero movie. The strongest of all the Marvel Cinematic Universe films thus far, with the possible exception of The Avengers, which is just more fun. I usually hate origin stories but this one is well paced and so doesn't get bogged down in waiting for Iron Man to show up. And, when he finally does it's very well worth it.
It's a good movie and I see what all the fuss is about James Dean. He oozes charisma on the screen, it really is a shame he died so young.
The movie itself is good, like I said, but also definitely a relic of its time. The need of Jim for a masculine father, one who doesn't listen to his shrill wife, or wear aprons, is evidence of that. As is it's portrayal of roving gangs of leather bound thugs in high school.
Natalie Wood is also phenomenal as the confused love interest with serious daddy issues.