Reporting Julie Fisk
“Iron Man 3’ stars Robert Downey Jr. as the billionaire super-hero who is forced to battle a new dangerous foe.
Director Shane Black gained fame in the late 80’s for writing all of the Lethal Weapon movies, so the man definitely has a flair for writing funny action flicks. He also directed Robert Downey Jr. in the awesome “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” so he already has a keen sense of his style. Pair Black & RDJ with a character like Iron Man and you’ve got a match made in heaven.
How you feel about “Iron Man 3” though will all depend on how you feel about Robert Downey’s version of Tony Stark. Pretty much every frame features him quipping, mugging, and swaggering. If you find that annoying, then prepare to be wildly annoyed. If you LOVE him and list Iron Man as your favorite Avenger, then you will be in Tony Stark heaven. Ben Kingsley has a great turn as The Mandarin & Gwyneth Paltrow finally gets to do more than show up & look pretty as Pepper Potts.
They do go way overboard with the special effects and the big showdown at the end goes on WAY to long. I found myself thinking “Kill the guy, already.” Also, the 3D effects are essentially nonexistent so spend that extra cash on snacks instead of the glasses. Those gripes only bring my score down to an A- because I for one LOVE Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man.
As far as I’m concerned, Iron Man could only be improved if Thor showed up and wrestled him in running shorts.