Iron Man 3 (2013)

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The latest entry in the Marvel echelon of superhero movies, Iron Man 3 is an adrenaline-fueled blastfest that works mainly because it is carried on the able shoulders of Robert Downey Jr.

Tony Stark (Mr Downey Jr.) is suffering from sleep deprivation because of PTSD following New York’s alien invasion (vide The Avengers (2012)). In order to simultaneously cope with and deny his condition, he immerses himself in work, building one Iron Man suit after another. Meanwhile, Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), a former cursory acquaintance of  Tony, takes it upon himself to be the arch villain of the piece (besides short circuiting Pepper Potts‘s blush-o-meter (aka Mrs Stark possibly, in the future, Mrs Stark (thanks Teodor!) played by Gwyneth Paltrow)).

I must admit that I have long fallen out of love with superhero movies and as such, Shane Black‘s film, did little for me. These films are tailor-made for fans and anyone caught outside the perimeter of the costumed clan, will find it hard to identify with this kind of entertainment. Having said that, Iron Man 3 is really funny. Co-writer Mr Black demonstrates that he still has the knack for humorous one-liners, something which, way back in the late 80s – early 90s, had made his action scripts (Lethal Weapon (1987) and The Last Boy Scout (1991)) stand out from the rest. And Mr Downey Jr brings the perfect mix of electrifying screen charisma and wit to do justice to the dialogue.

Might be a tight fit for some.


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