An early bootleg circulated last summer. Here’s the new one, in which we’re asked yet again to accept Robert Downey Jr. as the savior of mankind. The more I watch, the better I like him: Have we ever had a sardonic superhero? They’re usually either earnest (Christopher Reeve) or brooding (Keaton and Christian Bale), and either way just sort of … flat. Clooney was kind of sardonic but he’s too much the leading man to pull off the winking, “I can’t believe they cast me either” vibe Downey’s projecting here. It’s as if they gave super powers to Chandler from “Friends.” Can’t. Wait.
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