Directed by: Shane Black
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle
Iron Man 3 had a lot riding on it. Could someone finally make a third installment in a well-received superhero series that didn’t suck, especially when you change directors? Well, yes and no. It isn’t bad, but it doesn’t have the same vibe as the first two movies, and that makes it less enjoyable. This may sound like a dumb and obvious thing to say given the director, but this movie feels a lot like Lethal Weapon.
There’s a new threat to the world: a terrorist who calls himself The Mandarin, and of course only Iron Man can stop him! Or I guess War Machine could do it, now that he’s been newly rebranded as the Iron Patriot… or maybe the government-sponsored Iron Man ripoff is actually central to the evil organization AIM’s plans to create a race of super people. Well that certainly can’t be good either.
As a hardcore Marvel fanboy, I unfortunately wasn’t able to overcome my prejudices when it came to this film. I was really looking forward to Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin, and I won’t spoil anything, but I was really not a fan of what they did with him. Basically, he isn’t the main villain of the film, which is Guy Pearce as the leader of AIM. While it is really nice to finally see Iron Man fighting someone who isn’t just a bad guy in a different powered suit, the film doesn’t really leave you clamoring for more. I’m still looking forward to Avengers 2, of course, but I think I’ll wait until the Guardians of the Galaxy movie to start getting nervous about that.