I don’t think of the “Iron Man” movies as great, but each one has been very good, and that’s an achievement to celebrate.
Iron Man was never one of my favorite superheroes, and something about Robert Downey Jr. annoys me. He might be a standout human being in real life. I don’t know. I’ve never met the man, but he generally strikes me as pompous.
And that makes him perfect to play the conflicted and pompous Tony Stark, the billionaire genius who builds and operates the Iron Man suit.
More so than special effects and action sequences, the contrast between Stark’s shallow tendencies and his deep inner conflicts drives these movies. And Downey brings the character to wonderful life.
In “Iron Man 3,” a new villain is wreaking havoc in the world, and Stark’s friend Happy (Jon Favreau) is caught in the crossfire.
Before you can say weapon of mass destruction, Iron Man finds himself at the center of the action.
In some ways, that’s good for Stark, who was having trouble adapting to domestic bliss with Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow) and dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder from the events documented in “The Avengers.”
There are twists and turns. You might see some coming, but you probably won’t see them all.
Stark finds new allies and new enemies, and he’s always quick with a one-liner that works, no matter how deep the emotions at play or how heated the action.
Writer and director Shane Black deserves a pat on the back, as do co-writer Drew Pearce and the creative team at Marvel Studios.
Fine performances and special effects are necessary additions, but the core of “Iron Man 3” is Stark’s story, and Downey delivers. If the actor needs a reason to be arrogant, he certainly has one.
I give “Iron Man 3” an A.
It’s showing at the Cinemark in Tupelo, as well as Malcos in Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.
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“Roadkill” Bill with Wizard 106. 7 gives “Iron Man 3” an A. “Loved it. It’s a fun movie with some really cool twists.”
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