Iron Man ★★

This is maybe the third or fourth time I’ve seen this movie, and every time I’m like, “Oh, this is what happens?” That’s because as a piece of storytelling it’s incredibly forgettable. All you really take away from this film is cool images and insouciant quips, the things Favreau is most comfortable with. By contrast the narrative is on auto-pilot; when it comes to the big emotional beats, what Favreau gives us is all ham fisted simplifications and of course plenty of Downey Jr.’s tiresome posturing. The only character that suggests depths is Bridges’ Obadiah Stane, but he’s given to little to do until the last act, when what he’s given to do is just idiotic.