Iron Man 3 review

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As a serious fan of Tony Stark and his metal alter ego, I’d avoided all Iron Man 3 trailers.

I was excited for a film with Tony in a brand new, fully-working suit, (because apparently it’s a crime not to upgrade him in every film) versus chilling guerrilla terrorist the Mandarin and his army.

Sadly, (without spoiling the plot) this was not the film we got.

So what did we get? After six Marvel Studios films including last year’s The Avengers, the third best selling movie of all time, no one would have expected any less than an action-packed, dramatic storyline with stunning cinematography. And if that’s your criteria, it delivered.

There were some scenes that were particularly memorable, including a fantastic rescue of 12 people falling from a plane. However, part of me can’t help feeling that the film was constructed to sweep from one of these stunning scenes to the next, without thinking enough about the story in between.

If you take comic book films (too?) seriously like I do, it’s easy to notice a list of gaping plot holes.But the film has obvious merits other than iconic action sequences: a refreshingly non-robotic villain, interesting character development meaning there is more going on under the armour than the controlling of repulsar blasters, and classic comedy moments in Marvel’s ‘not taking themselves seriously’ style.

Robert Downey Jr, whose portrayal of the titular character transformed him from a C-list comic book character into the third most profitable superhero after Bruce Wayne and Peter Parker, may have picked up on this. There are talks about him not returning for the Avengers 2, scheduled for 2015. And you can bet that if he does decide to come back, he’ll be asking for a figure that’ll make him nearly as rich as his character.

Bearing all this in mind, an Iron Man 4 seems questionable at best. Iron Man 3 is the blockbuster you’d expect, but not the movie this die-hard fan wanted.

Simon James