This latest entry in the ever increasing ranks of the comic book-turned-movie genre is one of the better ones I have seen, if also one of the more derivitive. To dispense with the flaws first, I have to point out that the climactic scene was ripped off from Transformers frame for frame. I also noticed after about 45 minutes that Terence Howard's character served no purpose in this movie other than looking occasionaly worried, as though we needed to be reminded that the defense department isn't all down with unidentified flying titanium vigilantes wrecking s#*t up.
These were the movie's only major faults. Other than that, I thought it was the sleekest script to pop out of this genre thus far, and that Downey Jr. and Paltrow both did some of their best work in years. And director John Favreau is smart enough to realize that even if he's playing an arch-villain, Jeff Bridges will never quite cease to be The Dude, and to abide as such.