Iron Man Three 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. It is, however, one of the best of the Marvel superhero films to come out. 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 only disappointment was in the Mandarin. In the comic books, the Mandarin is supposed to represent a magical villain that Iron Man must use science to overcome. In this film, his role and importance is very downplayed.
PARENTAL CONCERN: Minor sensuality, language, and action violence
- Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man
- Gwyneth Paltrow as Virginia “Pepper” Potts
- Don Cheadle as Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes / Iron Patriot
- Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian
- Rebecca Hall as Dr. Maya Hansen
- Stephanie Szostak as Ellen Brandt
- James Badge Dale as Eric Savin
- Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan
- Ben Kingsley as Trevor Slattery/The Mandarin
- Ty Simpkins as Harley