Iron Man 3 (2013)
Reviewed on 2013 May 16
We were lucky enough to catch this in a huge cinema with a tiny crowd of people, and it was wonderful.
This entry in the Iron Man saga starts with a reflective Tony Stark, remembering his boorish behavior at a New Year’s Eve party in 1999 and how it was going to literally mess up his Christmas today. The Ten Rings gang appears to be at it again, this time fronted by a vengeful creature that calls himself The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). The Mandarin promises lots of terror attacks to us narsty unwashed Americans as “teachable moments.”
Tony decides that he’s going to get The Mandarin, and soon realizes he’s up against something his suit may not even be able to stop.
This Iron Man had more depth, and more things going boom than the prequels. The beginning of the film was brilliant and then the tone changed somewhat; but overall I thought it was very good, It’s a notch below the first Iron Man movie. It also suffered briefly from AKS, or Annoying Kid Syndrome, but ultimately even that was handled well, and with humor. Downey and Gwyneth Paltrow have their usual chemistry as Tony Stark and Pepper Potts, and Kingsley is always good to watch.
Three chocolate morsels. And yes, there’s a little something after the credits too.