Reminiscent of The Dark Knight Rises, Iron Man 3 is the story the man behind the mask (or iron suit in this case) getting beaten down and rebuilding himself. The difference between the two is that Tony Stark’s rebuilding is an emotional one, where as Bruce Wayne’s is physical, he
was literally broken.

Engaging from start to finish, Iron Man 3 begins in 1999, before Iron Man is created. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) is a self absorbed entrepreneur, who rudely rejects nerdy scientist fan, Aldrich Killian, (Guy Pearce) when he attempts to pitch him an idea in the elevator. We quickly jump to the present and Tony has returned from his adventures in New York with The Avengers. Tony is suffering from debilitating panic attacks, and often talks about “what happened in New York” referring to the alien attack and almost being trapped in space outside the worm hole.  There is an ultra terrorist on the loose called The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), wreaking havoc on the United States. He calls himself a teacher and asks, “America, are you ready for another lesson?” before setting off a bomb in heavily populated areas. After one of his attacks at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, one of Tony’s closest friends is severely injured and Tony vows in front of cameras to fight The Mandarin, going as far as giving out him home address and daring him to come to his home in Malibu. It doesn’t take long for several helicopters to head toward the coast and Tony’s home is obliterated. Soon Tony finds himself in a remote town in Tennessee; alone, his armor is broken and his only help is from an adorable 8 year old kid, who gives as good as he gets from Stark. Tony is trying to rebuild both himself and his armor, so he can return home and protect his one true love, Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow).

While Iron Man 3 reminds me of The Dark Knight Rises, it still has the zany, sarcastic humor that has come to be Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark.  Even during his frightening panic attacks he manages to be funny. The interactions between Tony and his 8 year old sidekick, Harley (Ty Simpkins), are sweet, kind, and endearing. So much so that I hope Tony continues to visit with his friend from time to time.

The best of the series, Iron Man 3 is definitely worth seeing as soon as possible! But, it is not a movie for the kids, it has more gruesome violence than the last two and The Avengers combined, and the villains could cause little ones to have nightmares.  So get a babysitter and get to your local theatre tonight!


Rated PG-13

2 hours 15 minutes

In theatres now