All right, so what's so fabulous?
Well, simply put, this film was the perfect combo of jaw-dropping action, smart-alekky comedy, blood, sweat, tears, drama and... Wait for it... Emotional depth...
Yeah, that's right, this is actually a big-budget action movie that features a relationship between our resident super-hero (that would be RDJ) and his girlfriend Pepper Potts (aka the gorgeous Gwyneth Paltrow) that actually attempts to be more than the usual slap-dash affair.
As well as Tony's relationship with Pepper, we also get his hilarious friendship with young Ty Simpkins - who turns out to be a bit of a chip off the old block when Tony finds himself holed up in Ty's garage with a defective suit and no way to save the world from impending doom. Bummer! The best thing about their scenes together is how refreshingly honest they are, with master showboater Tony determined not to be out done by his young showboater-in-the-making.
The action, needless to say, is completely awesome. With all the fire-power we have come to expect from these movies - just wait for the vertigo inducing sequence when Iron Man saves a group of air-crash passengers by playing a game of Barrel Monkeys at ten thousand feet (don't ask!). But for once the character development and the relationship dynamics don't play second fiddle to the SFX. And the plot is sophisticated enough to keep you guessing - there is one particularly clever switcheroo that you really won't see coming.
Honourable mentions should also go to Guy Pearce (going the full smarmy) and Ben Kingsley (in a brilliant performance of two halves) as the two star villains who turn out to be worthy opponents for Iron Man in ways you would not expect.
All right, I'm gonna stop banging on about this now. Just go see the movie. I guarantee you will be entertained beyond measure - and quite possibly a complete convert to the Marvel Universe (if you aren't already)... Plus the more bums I can get on seats, the more likely I am to get Iron Man 4! Just sayin'
In honour of the awesomeness of this movie, I'm giving away a copy of my 1st Harlequin KISS novel Too Close for Comfort to one lucky commentator... Just leave a comment telling me who your favourite super-hero is and why? Then I will pick a winner from random on Saturday morning (in the comments thread)
Heidi's 1st Harlequin KISS novel Too Close for Comfort is out in the US and the UK in June (as an M&B Modern). The US edition also features a free novella by Aimee Carson which kicks off the fabulous KISS quartet The Wedding Season - featuring books by Aimee, Amy Andrews, Kimberly Lang and Heidi. For some delicious sneak peeks check out The Wedding Season Pinterest page.