After two Iron
Man movies, The Avengers and cameos in other Marvel pictures, it’s
hard to tell what Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) has left to prove. He still
delivers a quip better than any other superhero in the biz; the suit is still
cool; and the villains still seem beneath him. But it’s fun.
The glue in
all this silliness is Downey. His natural charm and charisma go a long way in Iron
Man 3’s more absurd moments. For example, whose idea was it (co-writer and
director Shane Black?) to remind us over and over that Stark and Co. just
defeated a bunch of aliens? Call me crazy, but aliens (The Avengers)
seem tougher to defeat than a guy who’s trying to turn people into bombs.
That’s the plot in Iron Man 3, but at least Guy Pearce is the villain.
thing that happens to Tony here is the occasional anxiety attack and the
destruction of his home. Otherwise, are we in any doubt? There’s also the
question of whether the filmmakers are too cavalier about terrorism—but
remember, it’s a comic book. Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle return. By the
bye, the 3-D really kills John Toll’s cinematography.
IRON MAN 3
Directed by Shane Black
With Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Guy Pearce
Regal Santa Fe Stadium 14
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