Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

(2013)

Prepare for a heavy metal.

Robert Downey Jr. returns as Tony Stark in the third instalment of Marvel's Iron Man. Largely confined to his workshop after the events of The Avengers, Stark is sidelined from superhero duties until he calls out violent terrorist The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). Pausing a campaign of anti-U.S. attacks, The Mandarin takes a personal interest in Stark, who soon finds his whole life threatened by a foe more powerful than he or the government anticipated.... More

The once over-confident Tony Stark is still rattled by the battle of New York in which he helped to repel an alien invasion. Anxious and having trouble sleeping, Stark obsessively works on his Iron Man suits, to the consternation of girlfriend Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). Potts is soon in the firing line along with a scientist and former lover (Rebecca Hall), after Stark challenges international terrorist The Mandarin, who turns his deadly attention towards Stark in a spectacular attack on his home. As The Mandarin returns to his plan to strike at the heart of American politics, Stark must overcome his own battered psyche, familiar faces from his past and a new wave of formidable weaponry to stop him. Written and directed by Shane Black (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang). Based on Warren Ellis' comic book arc Extremis.Hide

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Following the triumph of The Avengers, Marvel Studios proves two important things with Iron Man 3: firstly, that a Marvel film focusing on "only" one hero still has plenty to offer the blockbuster landscape; and secondly, that they are true masters of assigning directors to material.... More

The Avengers benefited superlatively from Joss Whedon's voice, but even more so, Iron Man 3 is a Shane Black film, and it's overflowing with the witty swagger of his best work as a screenwriter (The Last Boy Scout; The Long Kiss Goodnight).

Black helped shape Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark persona in 2005's Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which was Black's directorial debut after years as a successful screenwriter. Iron Man 3 is Black's first film as director since then and the visual dexterity on display in it makes me mourn for all the films he could've made in that time. Put this guy in charge of all the big stuff from now on please!

The idea of stripping Tony Stark of his Iron Man powers might not seeming hugely exciting ahead of time, but the dynamic it introduces helps this film sing as a character piece. Black (and co-writer Drew Pearce) have written to Downey's strengths as an actor, and the film rules for it.

They've come up with an nifty way of addressing the anachronistic nature of The Mandarin, excellently essayed by Ben Kingsley, and also given Guy Pearce plenty to work with as a suspiciously suave scientist.

But all the great character stuff doesn't mean there's any shortage of hardware or action here – Iron Man 3 features several of the best set-pieces in Marvel movie history. This helps the film put fading memories of the underwhelming Iron Man 2 to rest, and reinstates the series as Marvel's gold-standard for awesomeness.

Superhero movies just don't get better than this.Hide


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BY wobbit superstar

Ok but enjoyed the earlier ones more.


BY Rhys-Rushton superstar

An Iron Fist Never Rusts...Especially when its hell bent on panel beating the stuffing out of bad guys.

Pour sugar in your neighbour's lawnmower, nail your door shut, rip out your light fittings and turn the volume on your home theatre system up to OTORRHAGIA.

The Shane Black directed, third instalment of the Ironman narrative belts onto your screen. Arresting your attention in its vice like grip while assaulting your eyes with a barrage of welcoming action sequences as the quick witted... More Tony Stark rids the world of yet another menace. This entertainment-a-plenty sequel is well worth the dosh. Whether you have spent thousands of dollars on the latest 4K Ultra HD, 7.1 digital THX home theatre system our mere hundreds on a standard set-up you will get your money's worth.

A well entertained 3.5/5 from me.Hide


BY KyVaha nobody

It was great therefore Shane Black is great.

Post - very epic Avengers we follow Stark spiral down to anxiety land. Identity crisis? I am IRON MAN? or am I only a MAN in an IRON SUIT - am I a true superhero, a legend? as a result his 40+ prototypes (one which reminded me of Hulk).

The serving of our new villains perplexed me to a gitty little girl who just got a new dress - The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) and Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) blew a freshness of just villain genius. Kingsley's... More humorous play and Pearce pushing the forefront of technology apocalypse all motivated by Starks. Goes to show self-motivation really does work!

Pepper Potts (Gwenyth Paltrow) she put the icing on the cake for me - She finally got her turn to get some female power in her and kick some damn ass!!!

In conclusion conclusion the events of his past lead him to finally releasing the "magnet", which held him, jailed him the source of his Iron Man identity from his heart - illustrated his acceptance that with or without his suit he will always be IRON MAN and not merely a MAN in an IRON SUIT (who has some really cool tricks - go Jarvis!)

p.s. we'll probably see Extremis power up the suit in the next Avengers.
Hello Avengers.

A great wrap up forHide


BY T-C nobody

I thought it was a great continuation of the series, a good mix of humour and action with a storyline.


Easily the best IRON MAN of the three. Shane Black rockets back. It's been way too long since his first directorial effort - the superb KISS KISS BANG BANG - and judging by this IRON MAN, Shane's missed making movies as much as we've missed him making them. I loved it. My 7 year-old loved it. Action, laughs, a great script, great cast and - dare I say it? Ok, but quietly so's not to upset too many of you... I enjoyed it more than THE AVENGERS (which I loved)... There I said it.... and lived... More :)

Following THE AVENGERS' climactic third act, IRON MAN 3 grabs Joss Whedon's baton and runs with it. What you get is, as Tony says to The Mandarin: "just good old fashioned revenge!"

Not as dark as THE DARK KNIGHT but nowhere near as light as IRON MAN 2 - this IRON MAN makes up for the sequel's lacklustre plot and execution with a rip-roaring funfest that has everything a superhero comic book Summer blockbuster needs to please little and big kids too.Hide


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The Press Reviews

78% of critics recommend.
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  • Black proves the perfect blacksmith, forging smart new tech and scenarios for the swaggering super-genius. Full Review

  • To use a recondite term in professional film criticism: whoo-hoo! Full Review

  • Funny, twisty and thrilling, this is shellhead’s most entertaining solo flight to date. It’s also an impressive pace-setter for this summer’s barrage of big movies. Full Review

  • Black has an instinctive feel for balancing action set-pieces against the passages of soap-opera that are required to make them matter. Full Review

  • It’s undeniably entertaining – and worth seeing for Kingsley alone – with the misfires never fully overshadowing the moments of glory. Full Review

  • Downey is at his superhero genius best here, rattling off dialogue both clever and boilerplate with non-repetitive aplomb. Full Review

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