Iron Man Proves His Mettle In Marvel’s Newest Extravaganza

Tony Stark faces his most nefarious foe yet in the “Iron Man” trilogy. Is the pressure too much for him to handle?

Robert Downey, Jr. has proven to be the finest actor of this generation. He’s the guy who fuels the “Iron Man” franchise and once again, he doesn’t disappoint.

“Iron Man 3” is yet another example of Downey’s talents. It would be hard to imagine anybody else playing the role of Tony Stark. That’s a shame, because Downey can’t play Iron Man forever and Stark’s suit is sure to show up in Marvel Comics blockbuster for years to come.

Time To Suit Up!

“Iron Man 3”

Director: Shane Black

Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Rebecca Hall and Jon Favreau

Running time: 130 minutes

Rating: PG-13

Budget: $200 million

The familiar faces of “Iron Man” are here as well: Pepper Potts played by Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle (James Rhodes, piloting War Machine, which is funnily renamed Iron Patriot in this film; even Stark makes light of this change).

This new installment of “Iron Man” is darker with the inclusion of the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) and Guy Pearce’s Aldrich Killian. The Mandarin brings a terrorism angle that launches Stark into action again while Killian is up to no good using sophisticated technology for the forces of evil.

Iron Man never had the strongest cast of villains, but Downey’s performance coupled with director Shane Black’s new vision make the third film a success.

Some things to note about “Iron Man 3”: there are numerous Iron Man suits in this film, moreso than in another movie. For some odd reason, every single one of these suits seem flimsy as hell. The bad guys in “Iron Man 3” are worthy adversaries, but compared to what the one suit went through in “The Avengers,” this was a practice game. And that includes the licks the suit took from Avengers allies before they were all on the same page.

If you’re one of those who like to stay for the credits, there is something waiting for you. It’s OK. It is kind of funny, but certainly something could have been better. Something funnier would have been Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee (who does make his trademark cameo in the movie) staring back at the audience and saying something like, “Get a load of this,” and then he would pull his pants down to a very full moon.

As a hard core comics book fan or casual moviegoer, you won’t be disappointed in “Iron Man 3.” There are certainly better comic book films out there. Yet “Iron Man 3” is smart, funny, dramatic at times, and of course, features very loud, explosive action scenes.

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