Robert Downey Jr. and crew have once again made a triumphant return to the characters of Tony Stark and his faithful friends in “Iron Man 3.”
Downey is his usual fantastic self, in the role he seems to be born to play. I grew up with Marvel Comics and Downey easily embodies Tony. He makes the character more than just a superhero.
This time around Tony is suffering anxiety attacks from the events in “The Avengers.” He is tinkering with his suits and neglecting his girlfriend, Pepper Potts, portrayed by Gwyneth Paltrow.
Pepper also has grown as a character through the “Iron Man” films and “Avengers.” Even though she is not the genius Tony is, she is still his equal partner. She even gets to break out of the damsel in distress role for a few scenes.
Stark’s other main buddies, Happy Hogan and Col. James Rhodes, also return to the silver screen, played by Jon Favreau and Don Cheadle respectively. Both these actors bring a little comedy to the scenes and a bit of action.
The villains for this third installment bring a little bit of reality to the fantasy.
The Mandarin, portrayed by Ben Kingsley, was one of Iron Man’s first foes. Kingsley does a beautiful job with the character, but rabid fans of the comics may not appreciate how the filmmakers re-imagined him. In the film he is a terrorist, but doesn’t have any magic as in the comics.
The other main bad guy for the film is Aldrich Killian, played by Guy Pearce. In the comics, this character didn’t have much of a role, but I really enjoyed watching his story develop with all of its twists and turns.
Unlike the first two “Iron Man” films, Favreau did not direct. Instead, Shane Black took the helm and was one of the writers for the screenplay. He made the story deeper than just a good guy fighting a bad guy.
While I liked “The Avengers” more, this is my favorite of the Iron Man series.
Also, remember to hang out after the credits for an extra scene.
“Iron Man 3” is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief suggestive content.
Rating for “Iron Man 3” — 4 popcorns.