Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 78% (Critics) / 84% (Audience)
Directed By: Shane Black
Written By: Shane Black and Drew Pearce
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall and Ben Kingsley
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Synopsis:Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man? (Source)
An admission…I read comics, all sorts of comics and I have for more years than I care to share but in all that time of reading comics I have never felt anything more than total disregard for Tony Stark as Iron Man. The only time I enjoyed the Iron Man comic was when Stark become such a stumbling drunk that his best friend James Rhodes had to take over the gig. Comic book Tony Stark is just a dick and movie Tony Stark is pretty much a dick too. But I love the guy in movies and the credit for that goes entirely to Robert Downey Jr who infuses a asshat of a character with so much charm and wit that you find yourself overlooking the fact that he is an asshat. Downey Jr’s performance is the best cinematic effect of IRON MAN 3.
Having a more beefed up role for Don Cheadle as Rhodes was a good move too even though I would have liked to see more screen time devoted to him and Stark working together against the bad guys.
Kingsley’s performance as the enigmatic terrorist Mandarin was an oddly effective one and had me really looking forward to the big confrontation between him and Iron Man.
Shane Black’s decision to focus on Tony Stark, the MacGyver-esque genius more than Tony Stark in high powered armor ended up working a lot more than I expected it to.
Guy Pearce’s slick, souped up villain Aldrich Killian was not the most interesting bad guy and didn’t do much to make me care about his motivation or desires. Iron Man facing off with interchangeable evil businessmen is extremely tired and needs to stop.
Saddling Tony Stark with a kid sidekick for a good portion of the move was a bad idea.
Cutting around 30-45 minutes wouldn’t have hurt things either because this movie is way too damn long.
That after-credits scene was a total waste of time.
And Gwyneth Paltrow is never a welcome sight in any way, shape or form so her becoming the hero of this movie made me want to puke..
The twist with The Mandarin was just about the dumbest plot decision I have seen in a movie so far this year. It took what was, up to that point, a compelling and original villain and just pissed all of that potential away in favor of what exactly? This may be the dumbest move I have ever seen in any movie and just ruined what was already shaping up to be a tough watch to begin with.
Final Verdict: A sometimes fun but at its core a deeply flawed movie that overcomes most of the things it does wrong pretty much entirely thanks to Robert Downey Jr.’s great performance as Tony Stark.I guess it is a semi-enjoyable way to spend 2 hours but it could have been much better if Shane Black had gotten out of his own way. Notnearly as good as the first IRON MAN but infinitely better than IRON MAN 2 which is pretty much damning IRON MAN 3 with feint praise..