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Iron Man 3: Movie Review

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Does the suit make the man or the does the man make the suit? That's the question Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man, wrestles with in the latest installment of Marvel's superhero film franchise.

For a summer popcorn movie, Iron Man 3 definitely has some interesting things to say about dealing with the past, along with its usual fare—sci-fi action and comedy. A more introspective film, this third addition to the Iron Man cinematic catalog looks at the "demons" we create and the cost of fear and unbridled ambition.


Billionaire mechanical genius Tony Stark's very foundation is shaken when an elusive villain named the Mandarin begins terrorizing America. Iron Man challenges his new enemy, hoping the devious criminal will show himself. But the malicious terrorist remains cloaked in mystery, even as he continues to destroy Stark's life, a task almost too easy as Iron Man wars against his own past demons and crippling fears.


Robert Downey Jr. dons the perfectly-fitted Iron Man suit once again. But it's not long before the Mandarin (played by Ben Kingsley) begins to unravel the hero's world. Both seasoned actors are great as these commanding figures. Gwyneth Paltrow returns as Pepper Potts (Stark's love interest), and Don Cheadle appears again as friend and co-fighter Col. James Rhodes. Joining the fray are promising young actor named Ty Simpkins, Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian, and Rebecca Hall as Maya Hansen, both brilliant scientists.

In Iron Man 3, Tony's past comes back to haunt him. In fact, the entire film centers on him confronting his fears and discovering his true identity. Is he merely man or truly a superhero? The movie also speaks to how quickly good intentions can be manipulated. Something that begins with pure intentions, though possibilities are exciting, will inevitably run into problems. Mistakes arise, and sometimes compromises follow.

The film fails to pack a punch because of its occasional plot holes. Some of its twists catch you off guard, while others aren't hard to see coming.

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief suggestive content, Iron Man 3 is not an appropriate movie for children to see. With the level of violence (including scenes depicting assassinations and terrorism), foul language and sexually suggestive situations, caution is advised. Also, at one point, Tony describes the Mandarin's dramatic mannerisms as that of a Baptist preacher.


This sequel to the sequel will likely thrill action movie and Iron Man fans with its high-flying stunts and Tony Stark humor. However, plot holes and predictability keep Iron Man 3 from taking the franchise to new heights.

Note: As with all Marvel movies, audiences will want to stay until after the credits end for an extended clip.

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