Iron Man Three (2013) – 6/10 superhero action movie review

Cast / crew
Screenplay Writer and Director: Shane Black
Writer (Screenplay): Drew Pearce
Writer (Original Comic Book): Stan Lee
Writer (Original Comic Book): Don Heck
Writer (Original Comic Book): Larry Lieber
Writer (Original Comic Book): Jack Kirby
Tony Stark: Robert Downey, Jr.
Pepper Potts: Gwyneth Paltrow
Colonel James Rhodes: Don Cheadle
Guy Pearce: Aldrich Killian
Rebecca Hall: Maya Hansen
Actor and Executive Producer Happy Hogan: Jon Favreau
Ben Kingsley: The Mandarin
Jarvis: Paul Bettany

Iron Man Three (2013)

Another day, another supervillain: Mandarin. He’s managing to perform acts of terror that are not leaving any clues and he is closing in on his ultimate target: the President of the United States. Meanwhile, Stark is suffering from anxiety attacks (following the New York alien invasion) and a desperate lack of sleep but punching bad guys may be just the tonic he needs.


Largely fun knockabout superhero fluff with a good number of wisecracks, a couple of strong moments (usually involving Pepper), at least two surprise plot developments (Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin and the potential closing of Downey Jr’s reign as Iron Man) and one near-standout action sequence (Barrel of Monkeys), but it’s once more spoiled by it’s trailer (Iron Men reveal) and undermined by a cavalier disregard for plot coherence (aren’t Iron Man suits locked to Stark and Rhodes?), action scene continuity (spawning bad guys) and fleshbag Tony Stark being tossed around without harm while not in his eponymous suit. Yes, I understand that Iron Man is not the suit, it’s the man, but just highlighting that semantic does not make you impervious to physical damage. The end credit music is brilliant and should have been used in the film instead of the anonymous score.

This movie contains extreme fantasy violence, bad language, unpleasant scenes.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


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