Iron Man ★★★★

If ever art were to imitate life, it was in the casting of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. Both immensely talented but deeply flawed men, Downey Jr.'s performance is perfectly nuanced in a film that could have otherwise just been a Big Dumb Film. Sure, it *is* a big dumb film, but it's well written, well acted, looks great with SFX that are slick but never overwhelming, and really whets my appetite for the forthcoming Avengers film.