Thanks to the brilliant casting of Robert Downey Jr., Tony Stark — aka Iron Man — is the most fun of all movie superheroes.
Unlike the army of muscular pretty boys, Downey brings incredible talent, charisma and personality to his roles. He has gifted Stark with an infectious, devil-may-care attitude and an array of ready wisecracks. Read More
Already mourning the loss of best mate Dr. Watson (Jude Law), whose impending nuptials at least provide an excuse to throw a spectacularly bruising stag party, a newly single Sherlock Holmes would seem to be wanting for playmates. What’s a punch-drunk, giddily androgynous supersleuth to do? Read More
Robert Downey Jr. never hesitated to slip back into the shoes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s meticulously methodical, impeccably perceptive detective in “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” opening Friday. The only question, really, was whether he’d be wearing traditional leather loafers or high heels. Read More
In “Iron Man 2,” Tony Stark may be self-obsessed and troubled by mortal thoughts — rightly so, considering the mechanical heart that’s keeping him alive is slowly polluting his body with lethal toxins — but he’s no Bruce Wayne.
As played by Robert Downey Jr., he combines a sly sense of humor with natural showmanship. He enjoys being a superhero, and soaks up the spotlight with a narcissist’s glee. Read More
Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes” is “Brokeback Mountain” without the sex and depth of emotion, the story of two cerebral thrill-seekers who would rather be with each other than just about anywhere else.
Neither acknowledges this explicitly, perhaps because doing so would push Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic investigators too far down a road Ritchie was reluctant to travel. Read More