At the Movies - Iron Man 3 - review

Robert Downey Jnr. a Iron Man a.k.a. Tony Stark.
Robert Downey Jnr. a Iron Man a.k.a. Tony Stark.

Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man is my favourite Avenger. He’s perhaps the most human of the Marvel creations and his hubris and lack of sentiment is why so many fans dragged themselves to the Brunswick Moviebowl at midnight on Wednesday. Tony Stark was worth the wait.

Shane Black (‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’) takes over from ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Iron Man 2’ director Jon Faverau.

When I heard Black was to direct ‘Iron Man 3’ I was beside myself with excitement - it was going to be great.

Sadly, I left the Moviebowl in the wee small hours of Thursday morning feeling a little disappointed.

‘Iron Man 3’ is a perfect example of movie schizophrenia in that it doesn’t know what genre it wants to be.

Black’s film picks up after ‘Avengers Assemble’. Billionaire entrepreneur Tony Stark is struck down with panic attacks after saving the world from destruction in Joss Whedon’s 2012 blockbuster and is unable to sleep.

The love of his life, Pepper Potts (Paltrow - ‘Seven’), has moved in with him but despite his best efforts Tony struggles to cope with the flashbacks and physically recoils at the mere mention of what happened in New York.

Enter stage right Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce - ‘Lawless’).

Killian is first seen in a flashback to 1999 with long greasy hair, massive teeth and the thickest rimmed glasses you’ve ever seen. He asks Tony to meet with him to discuss the possibility of developing Extremis (a process aimed at helping amputees grow new limbs). Stark snubs Killian and what follows is something akin to what happened in Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘The Godfather’, when Don Corleone turned the ‘Turk’ down.

But if you thought Killian was the only bad guy in town you’d be wrong.

Iron Man has the Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley - he insists on being referred to as sir) to contend with.

Without spoiling the film, there’s a scene involving the Mandarin and Tony Stark about half way through that I found utterly ridiculous. Logic has no place in a comic book film. It requires us to suspend disbelief but I thought Black’s decision to do what he did in that scene was an opportunity missed.

That aside, Robert Downey Jnr. (‘Sherlock Holmes’) is outstanding as Stark. There’s one scene where he dismisses a young boy whose father left him - the scene will have everyone in fits of laughter.

The action sequences are amongst the best seen in any Marvel film and Drew Pearce’s script is one of the funniest and most memorable to date. Downey Jnr. is just brilliant as Stark but certain decisions render Black’s film good when instead it could have been great.

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VERDICT: 3/5 - Downey Jnr. is utterly brilliant as Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man. Some of the movie’s one liners are amongst the best in the franchise and Drew Pearce’s script is top class. The action sequences, in particular the grand finale, are truly epic but some will be left feeling disappointed with what happens half way through. Without giving too much away, it was an opportunity missed and regrettably Iron Man 3 could have been excellent instead of just good.