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Iron Man 3  : Iron-clad Entertainment
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Friday, April 26, 2013
Science fiction adventure
Shane Black
Robert Downey Jr, Sir Ben Kingsley, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Jon Favreau, Rebecca Hall
Robert Downey Jr is back, incredible as ever. This time it is pure retribution and revenge when Iron Man faces a deadly enemy called Mandarin. Hop on, you wouldn’t want to miss this latest adventure.

The plot: After the events that occurred in The Avengers, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) is struggling to still come to terms with his near-death experience. Now he faces a fiery foe called Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley) with connections to his past. When Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) and Mandarin team up and threaten to rock Stark’s personal life, the billionaire superman goes for vengeance and also finds the answer to a question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or the suit make the man?

The good: Robert Downey Jr as the irrepressible Tony Stark/Iron Man is in rib-tickling form. His scenes with kid Harley (Ty Simpson) and the brash ‘bad dad’ jokes that Stark cracks with him may have seemed insensitive with any other actor but it works perfectly well with Downey. A superhero having anxiety attacks, being as insecure about his relationship with girlfriend Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) as the next person, and cracking jokes even under dire circumstances, add new layers to  Stark’s character with Robert handling it all amazingly easily. It’s all about him. It’s all about Iron Man and this is one super hero movie where you don’t really care about the other characters. Sir Ben Kingsley as Mandarin is effective, oozing the correct amount of evil. During the second half, he’s hilarious and able to make a perfect switch from being a monster to a regular, fame-hungry stage actor. Guy Pearce plays Aldrich Killian efficiently, easy to identify with his need to be blindly determined to get past his limitations and build a different life for himself. You kinda wish Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts was given more screen-time. Don Cheadle as Col James Rhodes and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan play their parts exceedingly well. The other hero in this film is the special effects team. It’s a visual spectacle to view the different technologies and they completely take it to another, sky-high level with mind-boggling effects. What a brilliant treat! Some brilliant writing (Drew Pearce and Shane Black), well-etched characters coupled with witty dialogues galore and impressive direction (Shane Black, again) make this an entertaining watch.

The bad: It’s easily a four-star film but for the 3D effects. They are all over the place, clearly not a planned move since it was converted into 3D during post-production. The first two Iron Man films didn’t have it and they were huge blockbusters, this one surely didn’t have any need for it.

Overall: Iron Man 3 is bigger and better than the last two. No way can you miss this one. A compulsive watch but without the 3D glasses.

- Latika Mehta

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