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Iron Man 3

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Time Out says

Posted: Fri Apr 19 2013

Calling ‘Iron Man 3’ a mixed bag doesn’t really do justice to the heady peaks and interminable troughs in this scrappy but overwhelmingly likeable superhero sequel. In the minus column, there’s the tedious, talky first act, the script’s uneasy attempts at psychological realism, Gwyneth Paltrow’s increasingly shrill and redundant Pepper Potts and Robert Downey Jr’s disastrously smarmy, David Gest-like facial furniture. But they’re balanced out by a handful of punchy one-liners courtesy of ‘Lethal Weapon’ scribe Shane Black, a loveable old-school, Joe Dante-ish small-town-USA central section, and a sprawling cast of reliable supporting players including Rebecca Hall, Guy Pearce, Miguel Ferrer and the great William Sadler. Towering above them all is Ben Kingsley as one of comic book cinema’s most astonishing and unlikely supervillains.

We find Tony Stark (Downey Jr) languishing in the doldrums, scarred by his experiences with the alien-battling Avengers and throwing himself into work at the expense of relationships and sleep. What’s worse, there’s a terrorist on the loose: mystery man the Mandarin (Kingsley), bent on global annihilation. After an ill-advised public throwdown followed by a helicopter attack on his plush seafront palace, Tony heads for Tennessee on the trail of a seemingly suicidal ex-soldier, and quickly learns that nothing here is at it seems…

Despite his unimpeachable screenwriting CV, this is only Black’s second film as a director (his first, 2005’s gloriously foul-mouthed crime thriller ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’, also starred Downey Jr) and it shows. When he’s in his element Black delivers the goods in style, as in the scenes between Downey Jr and his temporary pre-pubescent sidekick, Harley (Ty Simpkins), or a hilarious mid-film switcheroo which may prove the summer season’s most jawdroppingly memorable moment. But he seems out of his depth during the larger set pieces: the action sequences are busy and confusing, especially the misjudged, threat-free climax.

The result is a film which never settles into a comfortable groove. It tries to be an angsty ‘Dark Knight’-style game changer, an ’80’s-throwback action romp, a nudge-wink pastiche and a CG-fuelled spectacular. It’s undeniably entertaining – and worth seeing for Kingsley alone – with the misfires never fully overshadowing the moments of glory. But in the wake of the triumph of ‘The Avengers’, ‘Iron Man 3’ still feels like something of a disappointment.

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12A

UK release:

Thu Apr 25, 2013

Duration:

130 mins

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Timothy C

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Brilliant retelling of the Extremis arc, one for the fans but a bit long winded in the middle

critique

Fun super-hero actioner which never takes its self too seriously. Kingsley is a riot. For my money, the best of the three. Three and a half stars.

Alec

by far the best of the 3 and possibly the last Ironman only film, non-stop action, fantastic CGI and best in 3-D

Alec

by far the best of the 3 and possibly the last Ironman only film, non-stop action, fantastic CGI and best in 3-D

Paul

Lots of metal on metal cgi making it feel more like Transformers with an all other place storyline. Franchise seems to have lost its way somewhat so maybe its time to stop here while they are ahead. But your ears will be ringing by the end of the film if you like noise, metal on metal and cheesy dialogue

Ian

The review has it totally right. The film moves from peaks to troughs, it has a number of superb one liners and yes Ben Kingsley is almost worth the entry price on his own. However there are disappointments such as the under developed and rather naiive back story to how Pierce's and Hall's characters become the bad guy / girl. I liked the humour around the rebranding of Cheadle's character it was so politically correct and typically American. All in all time to call a halt to what is a story line that has run its course. 3 stars good but not great.

jay

"I am Iron Man!" Yeah, you're right, Tone! But you have to wear the suit to be him. That's what he did throughout most of the film: jumping around armorless, hanging out with a kid, or doing some simulation tests. And what a pitifully under-used Ben Kingsley - what a waste! A one-dimensional villian in Guy Pearce applying his pyro-blooded self onto our hapless hero. Marvel are showing signs of falling into a pit of their own successes. Shame they could not have ended on a high note with 'The Avengers' - but hey, that's the movie business! The future doesn't look too bright for 'The Wolverine' or 'Captain America'

Cangai

PLOT HOLES, PLOT HOLES EVERYWHERE MORE THAN TDKR AND AMAZING SPIDER MAN

John

I saw it. It wasn't bad like Iron Man 2, but it definitely didn't recapture the magic of Iron Man 1. Some very questionably decisions story-wise and as good as his performance was, Ben Kinsley's Mandarin is nebulous at best. 2.5/5

The Snowman

trailer looks EPIC. promises to have alot of new iron man tech inventions. and film ideas nobody saw coming. cant wait for the cinema to play it ill be there watching it opening day

The Snowman

trailer looks EPIC. promises to have alot of new iron man tech inventions. and film ideas nobody saw coming. cant wait for the cinema to play it ill be there watching it opening day