TITLE ON SCREEN: New Years Eve, Switzerland, 2000.
TONY STARK (voice over): It was New Years Eve in Switzerland in the Year 2000.
Cue a few shots of a buck toothed, hobbling homunculus - Villain? Villain? Is it the villain? - making with the crazy talk and badgering RDJ.
TONY STARK (voice over): Little did I know then, but this wasn’t this last time I’d see that crazy nut.
To say the opening of this one was a bit heavy handed and obvious is to use a degree of understatement largely lacking from the movie. A key skill in genre film making is to make use of the conventions associated with that genre, honour them and pay due respect to them, while at the same time not drawing attention to the fact that you’re doing this. A key skill in good genre film making, in any case.