The day is here for IRON MAN 3 to arrive in theaters and fans of Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) have every reason to be excited to see this installation of the Iron Man’s fight against an enemy driven to have it all, including the love of his life, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). Shane Black serves as director on this production, based on the screenplay he co-wrote with Drew Pearce, after Jon Favreau directed Iron Man (2008) and Iron Man 2 (2010).
As much as I was entertained and engaged with this screenplay, my absolute favorite is the one co-written by Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. In 2008 I was instantly ready to view it again by the time the credits were rolling and I cannot say the same about this story by Black and Pearce. It is a good script; it just did not pack the same punch like in 2008. I do praise the manner the script is written to inform the viewer of the back story between the characters; showing how decisions made in the past that have an effect in today’s world. I am not impressed with how Pepper and Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall) managed to get out of the rubble in one piece. I do not even remember Pepper’s white outfit having any smudges; unbelievable.
As for performances, the actors are excellent. I do not tire of Downey Jr. as Stark; he is perfect as that character. I am very glad to see Guy Pearce’s impressive performance as Stark’s enemy, Aldrich Killian. I have often thought he is not given much credit in the past for his talent and as Killian, he is an excellent villain. Ben Kingsley is another one of my favorite actors and I was totally surprised by the story line for this character named The Mandarin. Kingsley absolutely shows off his award winning talent, from the dramatic to the comedic.
It is hard to believe the child actor from Insidious (2010), Ty Simpkins, has now moved into another stage of his career starring as Harley Keener in this action packed feature. He is very endearing and smart as the child from a small town who helps give Stark a hand on a cold night.
Fans of visual effects will certainly be impressed with all there is to see, especially in scenes between Stark and those that stand between him and Pepper.
Despite the flaw I may find in this story of Iron Man’s challenge by an enemy, the film is totally worth seeing on the big screen on opening weekend (or as soon as you can make it to the theater if you are busy enjoying the Cinco de mayo festivities in your town). Enjoy!