Iron Man 3 (2013)   4/54/54/54/54/5


Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man 3 (2013)

Chinks in his Armour

Before he was Iron Man and just Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) the playboy with a weapons company, Tony was approached by the geeky looking Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) with an idea but Tony being Tony said he would have a meeting but of course didn't. Year's later and Tony finds himself having a bit of a personal crisis as he spends all his time developing Iron Man suits rather than spending time with Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow). But then a terrorist arrives on the scene and after being lured out Tony's whole world is destroyed and he is forced to confront his own demons and find the courage to be the man he really is.

It is kind of strange as whilst I enjoyed "Iron Man 3" and even with a change of director it packs that same big special effect, action punch for some reason this third movie felt detached from others. I suppose it is because of the development in the character of Tony who has become obsessed with the Iron Man suit and suddenly has anxiety issues. Thankfully we are not talking the darkness of other super heroes but it makes for a different sort of "Iron Man" movie as Tony struggles with who he is and who he has become not only as Iron man but also with no business to run and so on.

But as I said "Iron man 3", now under the direction of Shane Black, still delivers the big action big special effects and of course humour which is the combo which has made these movies work. I won't go into details other than to say there isn't just one Iron Man suit and there is a rather curious terrorist causing a different kind of mayhem for are hero and friends. On the subject of which there is a scene towards the end of the movie where Tony and Rhodey are clambering around the gantries and it felt like a scene out of "Lethal Weapon", it has that buddy feel about it.

What this all boils down to is that "Iron Man 3" is as entertaining as ever and if you are of the age where the big action and big special effects are top of your priorities than you are sure to enjoy this. But whilst I enjoyed "Iron Man 3" there just felt like there was some sort of detachment between this movie and the earlier ones which made it almost more soulful with Tony having psychological issues.


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