While Iron Man 2 was lack luster, but still good, in my opinion, director Shane Black brought us to a whole new level when it comes to The Avengers’ solo films. It stars Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, Ben Kingsley, Ty Simpkins, and others.
Iron Man 3 follows Tony Stark immediately after The Avengers film. He’s been having trouble sleeping and when he does, he has nightmares. Meanwhile, the President of the United States of America has made James “Rhodey” Rhodes into Iron Patriot, and tasked him with finding the terrorist known as the Mandarin, who has been targeting US troops and their families. A think-tank known as AIM (Advanced Idea Mechanics) has developed an enhanced nanobot technology known as Extremis promising astounding leaps in medicine, but Pepper Pots suspects they have more sinister motives. As Tony struggles with his personal demons, he challenges the Mandarin to a showdown which leads to disastrous results.
This film is better than Iron Man 2 (which didn’t deserve the nitpicking it got), I don’t think it’s better than the first Iron Man film. Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow shine onscreen with their chemistry and fluidity. The action in the film rocks and the special effects are amazing! I hope Thor 2: Dark World and Captain America: Winter Soldier can hold a candle to this feature. The biggest disappointment is with the Mandarin. In the comic books, the Mandarin is supposed to represent a magical villain that Iron Man uses science to overcome. In this film, his role and importance is very downplayed.
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