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Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3
Release date: April 26, 2013
Directed by: Shane Black
Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Jon Favreau, James Badge Dale, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak

The swashbuckling millionaire with a capital B is back to his antics, only this time without rocking to an AC/DC track. Sadface. But there’s a bunch of women prancing around in lingerie, all in good taste though! The first superhero from the Super Friends’ League to come out with a film of his own post The Avengers.

The screenplay captures the residual spirit of the aforementioned film by putting Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) in a frenzy of anxiety, whenever the portal incident is mentioned to him. His girlfriend Virginia “Pepper” Pots (Gwyneth Paltrow) is flummoxed at his alarmingly increased devotion to developing more Iron Man suits. Meanwhile, Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle) is now the permanent War Machine-turned-into-Iron Patriot.

Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) is the current antagonist with his anti-American ideologies. The bombings caused allegedly by him, come as close as killing Tony’s close associate Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) thereby provoking him to call down the new outrageous forces right at his home. Also Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) makes his return to put forth his new invention to Stark Industries.

There are just as many more characters as the plot has much finer intricacies induced into it. The usual self-indulging narcissist humor keeps flowing in, but they go overboard with it and end up spoiling certain moments. Tony Stark’s anxiety is just established and his attacks are just portrayed as fits, yet there’s no relevance to the entire trauma. The same humor that is an attraction to his character proves to be detracting from the impact of his conflicts.

Iron Man 3 is entertaining, heck, it’s even captivating. The thrills and the oomph that the heavy metal (no pun intended) armour pounding exude are sheer fun. It’s the usual approach of creating a dilemma inside the superhero’s head in the final-part-of-the-trilogy which left me particularly underwhelmed. So much that the entire angle seemed forced.

My rating: *** (3 stars out of 5)

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