Certificate 12A, 130 Minutes
Director: Shane Black
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle
Iron Man 3 sees the return of Robert Downey Jr. (Chef, Captain America: Civil War) as Tony Stark/Iron Man. It is set after Avengers Assemble and after the events in New York, Tony has been having problems sleeping and is suffering from flashbacks to the invasion by the forces of Loki and the Other. The start of the film has goes back to a conference on New Year's Eve in Bern, Switzerland, in 1999, the same conference where Stark first met Ho Yinsen (Shaun Toub) who helped him build the first Iron Man suit whilst Stark was being held captive and who has a brief appearance in this film.
Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow, Contagion, Mortdecai) is now living with Tony, as well as running much of the business. Don Cheadle (Avengers: Age of Ultron) reprises his role as Colonel James Rhodes/War Machine although War Machine has had a re-branding, including a new paint job, and is now called Iron Patriot, in what appears to be a deliberately rather heavy handed attempt to make him more nationalistic than the simple black and white War Machine.
Iron Man 3 is a fine superhero film and better than Iron Man 2. The film looks fantastic and contains a lot of action. There is a great battle scene in the film featuring multiple, possibly dozens, of Iron Man suits of many different types with different features, flying around and fighting terrorists. The film is available in both 2D and 3D; 3D was the one watched and the 3D was frankly not very noticeable, even, surprisingly, in those scenes that had to have been computer generated, which is normally where 3D is the most noticeable.
There is quite a bit of humour, predominately from Tony Stark with his tendency towards somewhat sarcastic comments, but not solely from him, including a funny scene when Iron Patriot takes a phone call in the middle of bursting in to a room filled with suspected terrorists. Ben Kingsley's Mandarin, even though he doesn't get anywhere near as much screen time as Stark, is a good, over the top villain. An unexpected twist to the plot makes the story more complex than it initially appeared. There is, as is typical for many Marvel films, a brief appearance by Stan Lee, who co-created many of the Marvel superhero characters. This is something that he also has done in the comics themselves. Watch out for the brief post-credits scene. Iron Man 3 is a special effect filled action extravaganza.
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