***** out of 5
Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief suggestive content
Article first published as Movie Review: Iron Man 3 on Blogcritics.
Being the follow up film to something as grandiose as Joss Whedon’s Avengers triumph has to be as daunting a task for any film. With the closing of “Phase One” complete, where do you go from there? Leave it to director/co-writer Shane Black (“Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang,” “Lethal Weapon”) to kick off Marvel’s “Phase Two” with as big of bang as possible. As if Jon Favreau’s original “Iron Man” wasn’t a good enough start, now Black has completely made up for what series’ fans complained about with “Iron Man 2.” While the alien attack on New York City and SHIELD are referenced, don’t expect this to act as just another set up film. “Iron Man 3” stands on its own and only the most hardened expectations won’t be met.
There is a lot of plot in “Iron Man 3” that I have chosen to skip over because we all know that’s where the fun lies, right? But to say that Shane Black has outdone both previous series’ entries is an understatement. Along with co-writer Drew Pearce (also of this summer’s upcoming “Pacific Rim!”), Black offers up some jaw dropping action set pieces which should come as no surprise with his prior endeavors. Downey gets a heaping helping of one-liners with some razor sharp writing. Also, we have a new Christmas season film to add to the list to watch alongside classics “Die Hard” and Black’s own “Lethal Weapon.” But the real surprise here may be that “Iron Man 3” is the film that proves that yes, Iron Man does have a heart after all.
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*Update: “Iron Man 3” now stands at $680 million worldwide after 12 days!