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Iron Man 3


We’ve all heard that there are no certainties in life, except death and taxes.   Well, as true as that may have been back when first coined, in today’s world, that phrase is in serious need of revision. Because another, almost guaranteed event is that every year, during the summer months, Hollywood rolls out their big, blockbuster films.  Whether it’s the newest Will Smith actioner, the latest installment of the Transformer series or something else with a $200 million budget, they all begin appearing at the multiplexes.  We have now reached that special time of year as evidenced by the release of the latest Iron Man film, Iron Man 3, starring Robert Downey Jr.

Iron Man 3 begins with our wealthy, playboy hero, Tony Stark (Downey Jr.), at a party in the arms of a woman in Switzerland in 1999.  As Stark and his beautiful companion enter the elevator to retire to their room, Stark is approached by a shady and unkempt character spouting on about some new scientific discovery he has made.  In typical Tony Stark fashion, he brazenly ignores the man and his findings.  Flash forward 14 years to today and we find our hero questioning whether it’s the man or the suit that makes Iron man as he suffers from panic attacks and lack of sleep because of events that occurred in last summer’s The Avenger’s film.

We also learn Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) is now primarily running Stark industries, leaving Tony Stark to tinker with his toys in his laboratory at home.  One day, Pepper has a meeting with Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), he professes to have created the latest and greatest piece of technology. Soon after an individual simply calling himself, The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), takes responsibility for several deadly terrorist acts and promises more until his demands are met.  Tony Stark must overcome his psychological problems,

The acting in the film is very similar to the two previous films in the Iron Man series and the rest of the Marvel films.  Downey Jr. brings his trademark wit and wry sense of humor that we’ve all come to know.  Ben Kingsley is a treat as the film’s dark, menacing villain. The film does the audience a disservice because Kingsley’s screen time is astonishingly scarce. However, he’s able to make the most of what he’s given.  The only real ineffective performance in the film is Pearce. He appears to be trying to imitate Javier Bardem’s character as the villain in Skyfall and doesn’t work and is at times, laughably bad.

The story is pretty run-of-the-mill for the comic book film genre. There are several plot holes, but the biggest irritant is that the story’s set up took too long. It’s also way too long at 2 ½ hours.  However, the aforementioned problems are forgiven because of several unforeseen twists.

Does Iron Man 3 entertain? Yes. Is it worth seeing? Probably, if just for all of the Tony Stark’s little quips and gadgets.  Also, you’ll want to stay until the credits are over.



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