The first film I remember seeing Robert Downey Jr. in was Weird Science, where he played a douchebag boyfriend named Ian. In a film that was itself an uneven combination of elements sweet and profane, he found the right balance to make the guy a good old fashioned jerk and a little bit human at the same time. Since then, of course, he's gone on to star in imminently more sophisticated roles in prestigious movies for distinguished directors. But that combination of mischief and vulnerability has always been key to the success of his most memorable or effective performances; and moreover, the fact that he's been able to maintain that balance so successfully so many times is the main reason that it's so tough to decide which of the roles in his storied, up-and-down career might have been the very best.
categories Cinematical