130 Min | Action – Adventure – Fantasy | April 2013
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Director: Shane Black
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow
Iron Man 3 Review: In 2008, Iron Man ushered in a new era of superhero movies that would push the genre to unbelievable success over the next 5 years. Iron Man 2, although not as strong as the first, proved itself a worthy sequel on the road to The Avengers. Now with The Avengers all assembled, Iron Man 3 kicks off Marvel’s second stage of their cinematic universe with a solid, but not amazing film, much like Iron Man 2 was to Iron Man 1. The first thing you notice in Iron Man 3 is that it’s moving in a different direction than the previous Iron Man films, and this is largely due to a new director at the helm. While Jon Favreau was in the chair for the first two movies, Shane Black was chosen to direct the third entry in the beloved Iron Man series.
Now, with that all being said Iron Man 3 had many positives going for it. The action was exciting and fun and the CG effects added to the action very nicely. The comedy in Iron Man 3 is plentiful, and between the high-octane action and the comedic relief, there is never a dull moment (excluding the face palm moment). While the action makes up for possibly the best parts of the movie, it would be nothing without the actors behind those sequences. Robert Downey Jr. once again shows us that he is arguably the most entertaining actor to ever play a superhero on the big screen. Simply put, he steals the show once again. Whether he’s cracking a joke, kicking major butt, or battling with his inner demons, Downey Jr. is a treat to watch. The acting is one of the best parts of Iron Man 3.
To conclude, Iron Man 3 might not live up to Iron Man 1, but how many sequels do? Yes there are some huge plot holes but the seamless blend of entertaining action and comedy plus the fantastic acting save the movie from being a train wreck. Iron Man 3 is a solid and respectable entry in the ever-growing Marvel Cinematic Universe and it is currently the 4th highest grossing movie of ALL-TIME. Casual superhero movie fans will probably enjoy more than others, but even for the hardcore, Iron Man 3 delivers an entertaining movie.