Robert Downey Jr returns as Tony Stark for the latest superhero adventure from Marvel.
We last saw Stark’s Iron Man in the brilliant Avengers (I’ll ignore the silly
title) and at the beginning of this film he is still suffering mentally from those
events. Iron Man was briefly sucked through a wormhole to a galaxy far far
This time he is without his superhero friends as he battles a vindictive terrorist known as The Mandarin (Ben Kingsly).
Meanwhile we have the shifty scientist Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) attempting to convince Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) to fund his
DNA altering research via Stark’s corporation.
The previous Iron Man films were a bit run-of-the-mill but the character (and Downey Jr) had a brilliant outing in the Avengers. That screen presence continues here and the other heroes are not missed. Robert Downey Jr is magnetic as Stark, both in and out of the Iron Man suit, and the rest of the cast look like they are having the time of their lives. Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda) is excellent as Col. Rhodes aka War Machine and special mention has to go to Ben Kingsly for his brilliant and surprising portrayal of The Mandarin (steer clear of any spoilers regarding this character).
Iron Man 3 builds on the success of The Avengers and with new Thor and Captain America films coming soon Marvel’s current crop of hits looks set to continue.
Iron Man 3 is in cinemas now.
Ric’s Rating: Highly Recommended.