‘Iron Man 3’ is high-flying action fun, but 3-D makes it all a blur
“Iron Man 3” moves Marvel’s superhero universe along nicely, with Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) still recovering from the events of “The Avengers.” Luckily, Stark’s trademark sarcasm and deadpan dry humor are intact, letting Downey cut loose in the Iran Man role he was apparently born to play.
Director/co-writer Shane Black brings a strong playfulness to the film, both in the teasing, twisting story, and in the breezy, familiar interactions between the characters. Both Gwyneth Paltrow (as love interest/business partner Pepper Potts) and Don Cheadle (as sidekick Col. Rhodes/War Machine) are integrated into the plot better than ever before. Really, this lengthy but satisfying film feels like it has as many all-stars and subplots as “The Avengers.”
Without spoiling the story, know that a wily Ben Kingsley and an electric Guy Pearce both have standout roles that are not what you think.
“Iron Man 3” gives fans exactly what they want: high-energy action scenes, and jokes that are actually funny without being goofy. Sadly, this is another case against 3-D, which darkens the picture and makes it all go by in a blur.