I went to see this movie without any real high expectations -- boy, was I surprised.
Yes, there was an undercurrent of "Weapons Are Evil/Merchant Of Death" going on, but it wasn't as bad as it could have been.
Jeff Bridges shocked the hell out of me. I didn't even realize it was him until about half-way through the movie; and he apparently had a great deal of fun chewing the scenery.
Robert Downey, jr was born to play the role of a boozing, womanising, ne-er-do-well arrogant playboy -- not much of a stretch, come to think. He did a spot-on portrayal of Tony Stark.
Gwyneth Paltrow actually pulled off the part of the loyal Virginia 'Pepper' Potts, and Terrence Howard -- although a bit rocky at first -- managed a decent Jim Rhodes.
The CGI isn't as obvious as in some other movies recently, the humour is rather well done, and the cast and director were obviously familiar with the comic book and stayed true.
This one gets the LawDog Paw Of Approval.