Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce
Directed by: Shane Black
Written By: Drew Pearce, Shane Black
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr 49 min
Iron Man 3’s time line follows after the The Avengers story, and Tony Stark is suffering a little post traumatic stress disorder. Well he did have to carry a nuclear bomb though a dimensional portal to save the world, and nearly die doing it. That’s probably not something you shrug off easily. But he has to deal with it, and take on the new emerging threat from The Mandarin. No, not a megalomaniac dwarf orange salesman – but a dangerous terrorist bent on killing the president of the United States of America.
Iron Man 3 is mostly an enjoyable film, and it’s certainly not dull. It’s filled with plenty of decent action, drama and humor. Robert Downey Jr is on his usual good form, and is ably supported by Gwyneth Paltrow, and Don Cheadle. My only problem with the third installment is the technology on show. In the first installment, the suit, while clearly CGI, seemed real. We all know the technology to create the Iron Man suit doesn’t exist, but the way the first film used and displayed Tony Stark’s work allowed us to suspend disbelief and buy everything we were seeing as possible. In Iron Man 3 that’s just not happening. Tony is able to eject out of one suit and fall into another and his new mark 42 armor can fly to his location in several smaller pieces and then reassemble around him. No time is taken to make any of this even remotely plausible so the third installment in the franchise ends up being an entertaining fireworks show, and not much more.
If you liked the first two Iron Man movies, you’ll also enjoy this. In my opinion it’s about as good as the second installment. If this is your first visit to the Iron Man story. Just expect a great fireworks show, and don’t go looking for a lot of depth and logic.
Best viewing format:
I digital matinee is recommended. At home a HD viewing.
Best moment for me: <<mild spoiler >>
Several people are sucked out of Air Force One, and Iron Man takes off after them. One by one they link up in mid-air with Iron Man guiding the group. This action scene looks great, and it makes for a great ‘superhero’ moment.