‘Iron Man 3’ Review Roundup

Iron Man 3 is in theaters on May 3, but some critics got an early peek. See what they had to say.

Iron Man 3 follows Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) as he battles some inner demons, including alcoholism in a part that Disney cut. Tony is struck down and stranded by the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), who is determined to make sure Iron Man learns his lessons. In the meantime, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) suit up to help him as Rescue and Iron Patriot, respectively.

The film stars Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., and Ben Kingsley, and is directed by Shane Black (Lethal Weapon). On the most part, the critics found it favorable.

Iron Man 3 dives further into Tony Stark’s psyche, showing us his weaker side after he seemingly loses everything. After the events of The Avengers, Tony is suffering from PTSD (post-traunatic stress disorder) and is having a hard time just dealing with reality. At the same time, a madman called the Mandarin is hijacking US airwaves to dole out threats, and nobody seems to know his identity, location, or reasons, other than to deliver “lessons”.

Tony Stark never seems to get old as he dishes out sardonic quips and one-liners, thanks to his exceptional lingual dexterity. This is the Tony Stark we loved in the first film. The super suit is regularly donned, but on multiple occasions, we aren’t aware of who is really in it, delivering some clever twists. Stark himself is still the genius messing with his suit and trying to make them better and better while Pepper Potts runs the show in the public eye. And yes, they’re a couple, even if they’re having problems.

The Mandarin is a convincingly diabolical terrorist, setting off bombs with no explosives behind them, and making Tony Stark wonder if it’s really Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) who is behind the destruction. He is suspicious of the man after he approaches Pepper Potts with a new technology called Extremis.

Iron Man 3 is the strongest film in the series, and definitely worth seeing.

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