I think one of the best things about the movie was actually letting Tony be an asshat. So not the usual formula. Part of what I love about the character is that he's not a perfect white hat superhero. Because, yeah, I can see why the government would be worried about tabloid Tony having that sort of firepower. Also, it really shines through how much Tony needs to be loved and adored. He eats up the adulation of the public and can't get enough. His speeches at the Expo and at the Senate hearing knock it out of the park. Another kind of addiction. I'm torn during the movie between wanting to smack him upside the head and wanting to hug him.
My silly peeve is that I hate the new triangle version of the arc reactor. It does not please me [sniff] Speaking of the triangle, the silliest thing ever was Tony building a collider in his basement. Though, in the novel, they throw all sorts of techno jargon at that scene to try name make is seem plausible. On the other hand, Tony built the first suit in a cave... in Afghanistan... with a box of scraps! (sorry, couldn't resist)
Love Tony and Rhodey's friendship in this. I was kinda worried from some of the early snippets from the film that they were going to end up enemies.
What was with the whole theme of Tony not liking things handed to him? The only thing I can come up with was because he was germaphobic due to the palladium poisoning.
Pepper, so much about Pepper, but that will have to be another post.
Where did all that come from?!? I rarely do thinky review posts.