Written by Contributor
By Matt Mungle
Title: Iron Man 3
My first thought when I received the notice for the Iron Man 3 screening was, "do we need another Iron Man movie?" The first film was superb. The second one, mediocre at best; plus we had a good dose of the suited, brilliant, billionaire, playboy Tony Stark in the Avengers film. My concern was not only that the franchise would suffer with more movies, but also that viewer burnout would be high. Boy, am I glad when I am wrong. This could be the best helping of Iron Man yet.
Though certainly not an origin film, we do get a bit of back-story into Tony and the current villain. We quickly get to present day in the wake of the alien attacks witnessed in The Avengers. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is more popular than ever and his relationship with Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) closer than ever. Things are humming along until a maniacal terrorist by the name of The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) begins plotting an attack against the U.S. It will take all of Stark's brain power to come out on top.
There is no doubt that RDJ is the reason we gravitate to the franchise. Yes Iron Man is cool but it is Stark that is the rock star. That could be the reason that in this one we get more of Tony outside the suit. He said clearly in the first film, "I am Iron Man." This allows him to carry the film fine just as he is. But don't worry. There is a bunch of heavy metal in this one for those who simply want the fire power. And they are the best creation yet.
This one has a superb villain too which is a must for super hero films. Kingsley gives a performance that will astound. Guy Pearce also stars as Aldrich Killian, a scientist that sadly chooses the dark side to work his skills. The story line is solid and does not rely simply on gadgets and familiarity. It is engaging from start to finish and offers up tons of Stark sarcasm and humor. You will find yourself laughing out loud then on the edge of your seat and instantly cheering. Also, the effects and visuals are incredible. The action sequences are well thought out and executed with precision.
Iron Man 3 is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief suggestive content. This does nothing content wise than the other before it. I give it 4.5 out of 5 rewires. After the barrage of Marvel films and an onslaught of hero flicks, you would think it would grow old. But this one delivers everything you want and will revitalize your excitement for the summer heroes.