This is the best Iron Man movie, thanks to a sharp, hilarious script and strong character work. With Tony Stark out of the armor for most of the running time, the film really has time to dig deep into what really makes this guy so compelling.
The villains are credible and threatening and the final fight with Aldrich Killian is still great. The movie also does a good job of making the audience think it’s going one direction only to turn a cliche or trope on its ear, with mostly hilarious results.
Not everyone appreciated “the twist,” but I did. It made me confront how quickly I bought into the prepackaged obvious villain instead of the real threat.
Best moment: The midair rescue of Air Force One is spectacular because it’s an actual real-life stunt and still one of the more cleverly heroic action sequences you’ll see anywhere.