High Marks for
- Overall Recommendability – B+
- Artistic Merit – 3 Stars
- Moral and Spiritual Value – +1/-1
- Age Appropriateness – Teens & Up
Here’s the lede:
Smart, sardonic and more than a little silly, Iron Man is a successful super-hero movie that never takes itself too seriously. Here is a popcorn movie with a will to entertain, at turns evoking James Bond, Batman Begins and Transformers; if it’s not in the same league as Batman Begins, it’s better (and shorter) than Transformers, with a redemptive angle foreign to James Bond.
Realistic and comic-book war-zone violence; some immoderate drinking, innuendo and suggestive material, including a brief bedroom scene (no nudity); a couple of wince-inducing scenes involving Tony’s chest injury; some objectionable language, including at least one instance of profanity.