Robert Downey Jr. is back for the fourth time reprising his role as genius rich billionaire playboy philanthropist Tony Stark, and he does so with perfection. Unfortunately, the wittiness and humor that Robert Downey Jr. brings to the table is about the best part of the film.
A big nod to writer/director Shane Black (who you may remember as that guy in “Predator” with the glasses that gets killed) for the astounding job at writing this humorous banter between all of the characters, but with that said it feels more like a comedy film dressed up with a superhero storyline.
Let’s start off with the good news. Ben Kingsley’s performance as The Mandarin is without a doubt the one reason you should go see this movie. He does a phenomenal job capturing Iron Man’s most famous villain by bringing a true sense of fear and destruction to Tony and the entire world. The Mandarin is one of the more complicated characters to understand from the Marvel Universe but with the writing and performance of this villain by Ben Kingsley, it is done to perfection.
Let’s get on to everything else about the movie. Don Cheadle is reprising his role as Colonel James Rhodes, and he actually seems to convey some sort of emotion this time. The plot itself becomes entirely too weighed down with baggage that it turns into a chore to follow. What exactly were the true intentions of the villain? Overall, the story itself felt about as empty as all the iterations of Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit.
The original Iron Man film presented the superhero’s origin seemingly without flaw and remains the best one in the trilogy. Iron Man 2 was the stereotypical sequel running off of the basis that more is better, hoping it would fly with audiences, as is the case with the third Iron Man. Aside from the occasional chuckle you will get from Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man 3 does not live up to the hype.
Considering the whopping $174 million that Iron Man 3 brought in just after a few days of the release, it is certainly not a box office flop. It is safe to say that Iron Man can be a success on the name alone and doesn’t need much of a good story to back it up.
Fortunately, the people over at Marvel Studios have something to look forward to in the near future. Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy are all expected to be coming in the next few months. Hopefully they can go above and beyond where Tony Stark and his Iron Man suit couldn’t fly.