Movie review: Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3 soars into theaters beginning the summer blockbuster season with a simple premise. As Iron Man is just a suit of armor, it begs the age old question: does the man make the suit or do suits make the man?

Luckily with Iron Man 3 you get an answer to that very question.

The last time we met up with Tony Stark, he nearly died after going into space to get rid of an atomic bomb and nearly died. Stark has developed anxiety based on the events in New York which are haunting him and causing him to be unable to sleep.

 He has become something of a recluse just staying in his mansion tinkering with his suits. However a horrific attack at Mann’s Chinese Theater brings Iron Man back into the picture as it has now gotten personal.

As the first movie follow-up to The Avengers, Iron Man 3 has a lot of expectations to live up to. Depending on your movie going preference you will either enjoy it or really dislike the new direction of the franchise. Shane Black directs the film, the writer of Lethal Weapon, and you see a lot of differences between this film and the two previous films directed by Jon Favreau.

The result is a much more notable feeling of gloom than the other films. Luckily another great performance by Robert Downey Jr. as Stark keeps the film from ever feeling truly gloomy.

The supporting actors all were great in the film, with Don Cheadle playing Stark’s on again off again friend James Rhodes as War Machine, who has now been rechristened as Iron Patriot as a friendlier name for kids than War Machine. However, Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts really anchors the film.

Potts’ character really grows over the film, especially when compared to the Potts we met back in the first Iron Man film.

Though the movie staggers to a finish towards the end, it is still a must watch if you saw the other six films that took place in the Marvel cinematic universe that took place before this movie. Iron Man 3 begins the summer blockbuster season as a success.

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