Bottom Line: Big, bold and brilliantly executed for maximum summertime cinema fun, this third installment is the best of the iron-clad bunch and almost stands toe-to-toe with the high-flying, dysfunctionally charged fun of THE AVENGERS. Almost… Much darker than its predecessors (it never reaches the depths of the recent Batman movies and I’d still wait a year or two before taking my 8- and 6-year old boys), it still offers a multitude of silver linings in the form of thrilling action sequences, exciting twists and – as expected – charismatically buoyant performances from its A-list cast (especially Downey Jr; as expected and anticipated). There are a lot of moving parts here and a smattering of negative (read: boring) critics have their ill-thought complaints – but ignore all that and enjoy this flick for what it is… With a second-wind nature that I was hopeful for but never fully expected, IRON MAN 3 is a witty, wild and wickedly entertaining 3D-worthy spectacle that delivers the heavy metal goods!
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwnyth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pierce and Ben Kingsley
Directed by: Shane Black (director of KISS KISS BANG BANG; screenwriter of LETHAL WEAPON, THE LAST BOY SCOUT and THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT)
Running time: 135 minutes
Story: Marvel's "Iron Man 3" pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man? (c) Disney