Iron Man character! He is natural and smooth at comedic drama. And, he's pretty nice to look at. He's gotten really buff from this series and the Sherlock Holmes action movies. But the real star of this movie is the technology fantasy and those awesome suits.
I also love Guy Pearce. He was terrific in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and The Count of Monte Cristo, among other roles, and he makes a great villain. His acting is very intense and believable. His character proved to be a very nice nemesis to Tony Stark. Aldrich Killian was wonderfully power hungry, greedy and terrifying. He was also incredibly buff for this role, and so hot!
I was happy to see Don Cheadle once again playing a character that talks intelligently and doesn't drop the "f" bomb every other word like his character in the TV series, House of Lies, on Showtime. I couldn't get into that show just because of the offensive language. As Colonel James Rhodes, his personality was likeable and smart. I enjoyed the comedic banter between his character and Stark. He also looked good in a metal suit.
Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts was the most action-packed role for her yet. Even though she was voted Most Beautiful Woman of the Year on the cover of People Magazine, her style in this movie was gorgeous. She fought with the best of them, and her abs would equal any male six-pack. She was fun to watch.
Lastly, Ben Kingsley's role as The Mandarin was really fun. It was a different role for him, and I enjoyed watching him create it. His costume was great, and he is so incredibly talented as an actor.
This was truly big screen movie fun with lots of giant explosions and sci-fi fantasy entertainment. But, the question remains: is this the last Iron Man movie? Not sure. It's not crystal clear to either me or Larry. I guess we'll have to wait and see. If you want fun, mindless entertainment, go see it. We both really enjoy the distraction.
P.S. Larry and I had no problem ignoring the blatant commercial plugs in this movie for FiOS and Oracle. And, the plug for Downton Abbey was priceless.