Directed by: Jon Favreau. On a list of top 10 movies about cartoon robots beating eachother up while AC/DC plays in the background, this would rank fairly high. I’m not sure if it would rank higher than Iron Man 1, or higher than Transformers even. I suppose Robert Downey Jr is as captivating a leading man as you could hope for, and this role really is tailor-made for him, in both movies. And I am a reformed comic book geek, so these tied-in Marvel franchise movies, leading up to Avengers, really gets me jittery with pubescent excitement again. But, those days are over, and it’ll take more than nostalgia for me not to notice that 1) Iron Man wasn’t the most emotionally compelling character in the first place, just a rich guy in a fancy suit with a heart thing going on, and a mild commentary on technology and weapons in American society; and 2) these movies are seriously just about a bunch of cartoon robots beating each other up while AC/DC plays in the background. If that seems like a dismissive appraisal of these perfectly consumable comic book movies, then may I direct your attention to Exhibit A: this movie. To be fair, there are portions of this movie that aren’t about cartoon robots beating each other up while AC/DC plays in the background. And as tremendously compelling and rich with character development as they are, those moments are ultimately just filler meant to provide a well structured book-end to the inevitable “payoff” that apparently brought us all into the theater in the first place, namely: cartoon robots beating each other up while AC/DC plays in the background. Of course, for all my sarcasm, I am still too emotionally invested in these movies, this entire bloated franchise, for me not to see Iron Man 3 whenever it comes out. Who knows? They might move on to Motorhead or something.