When a superhero movie comes out, I am drawn to it like a magnet and afterward I write a witty little review. (No, I am not tooting my own horn because I consider my writings witty, thank you very much.) “Iron Man 3” is no different, and so the cycle begins anew.
The movie picks up directly after the end of “The Avengers.” Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr., “Iron Man” 1 and 2) is suffering from post-traumatic stress due to the events at the end of “The Avengers.” (I won’t spoil it in case you haven’t seen it, but you really should. It was an excellent film.) He spends his nights tinkering and building gadgets, letting that super brain of his run wild. This concerns his girlfriend Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) – even billionaire playboys have to settle down sometime. Meanwhile, a new terrorist threat arises. The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) is planning to use a new weapon called Extremis to attack American landmarks. The government sends James Rhodes (Don Cheadle, “Iron Man 2”) to stop him. Back home, Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce, “Memento”) wants Stark Industries to merge with his think tank.
The plot summary is a little scattershot. The movie is hard to put into words; you just have to experience it.
Director Shane Black (“Lethal Weapon 1 and 2,” “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”) has completely revitalized the “Iron Man” movie franchise. This film is a gust of fresh air. It’s something completely new and different from a character and a story standpoint. It’s out of the norm of the franchise and better for it (because let’s face it, “Iron Man 2” was kind of boring). The dialogue is hilarious, and the plot is dense and fast-paced.
The movie also boasts a crazy amount of comic references, and if you’re a comedy enthusiast like myself, you’ll really appreciate it.
The movie captures all aspects of Iron Man and Tony Stark. It’s a great character study of him, his friends and the post-“Avengers” environment.
If any of that sounds like a good time, go and see it. You won’t be disappointed.
Max Fisher is a senior at Leonardo DaVinci High School.