Directed by Shane Black this time around, Iron Man 3 has a familiar feel to it but with a more serious overtone. The story is also more character driven by Tony Stark and less so by his metallic counterpart. The script was definitely stronger to me, there were some intense moments as well as lighter notes that gave you a chance to laugh a little too. That’s a tough balance to do well and maintain and they did that with this film.
Stark is threatened by a much more direct, well equipped and brutal foe this time. I won’t get into much detail in this review as I really don’t want to spoil anything for anyone…
My only complaint is how things resolved at the end and the way Pepper Potts was involved, seemed a little out of place and not consistent with character and abilities. That’s my inner geek speaking but it was enough for me to jump out of the film mentally, therefore suspending my suspension of disbelief long enough to distract me from the movie. Other than that, I liked the way things wrapped up and really enjoyed the storyline’s left turns, there were some surprising moments.
The effects and production are stunning to see on the big screen but not overly done. The acting is great to watch too with a strong cast across the board including Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Jon Favreau, William Sadler, and the great Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin.
I’d definitely recommend seeing this in the theater if you’re into Iron Man, and be sure to stick around after the credits.
reviewed by Sean McKnight