Screen Gems Movie Reviews with Kennie Bass. You'll find it First On Fox!
May 10, 2013 Iron Man 3
Studio: Paramount Pictures Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief suggestive content.
So, how do you follow up one of the biggest movies of all time?
In "Iron Man 3", Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) is dealing with the aftermath of the events in "The Avengers."
After battling an alien invasion at the side of a thunder god and a big green monster, Stark is having anxiety attacks because he realizes he's just a guy in a tin can.
But there's no rest for the weary, A terrorist called the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) is taking credit for a series of deadly bombings. An explosion nearly kills one of Stark's best friends (JonFavreau) so he calls the Mandarin out on live television, even giving him his home address.
The Mandarin takes him up on his invitation and launches an attack, destroying Stark's home and nearly killing him.
With Stark presumed dead, he winds up in middle America where a pre-programmed flight plan deposits him. He has to repair his armor and fine tune new technology which allows him to suit up faster than ever.
Stark investigates a local bombing and finds clues to the terrorist's plans. However, the Mandarin is also busy. He hits Air Force One with the president on board, and kidnaps the leader of the free world.
While I enjoyed "Iron Man 3" I had some major problems with the movie. There are some incredibly stupid moments scattered throughout the story. I can't tell you about them without spoiling some major plot points but I will say some decisions Stark makes just left me shaking my. They don't make any sense.
But, if you can get over those bumpy spots, the action sequences, including that mid-air rescue and the introduction of a bunch of new suits of armor make for some great scenes.
And the acting, led by Downey's spot-on portrayal of the billionaire genius, also carries the film. Kingsley's Mandarin and Guy Pearce fellow scientist Aldritch Killian give Stark some foils to bounce off.
And the villains actually have powers which push Iron Man to the limit. Pepper Potts (Bwyneth Paltrow) has a larger role this time around, but Colonel James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) who wears the armor of the Iron Patriot, is mostly wasted.
There was no way this movie was going to be bigger than "The Avengers." However, despite its flaws, director Shane Black delivers a solid story, which for the third chapter in a series is almost unheard of.
On my rating scale, "Iron Man 3" earns a HOME RUN.
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