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Iron Man 3 Offers a Show of Strength for Leading Man

May 15, 2013

Jessica Pridmore

This week I went to the recently taken-over Vue cinema to watch the latest installment of the action packed Iron Man series.

The epic third film, which is directed by Shane Black, has an incredibly strong cast.

The film starts at Christmas time, after the Avengers planet- saving victory in New York. Tony Stark, played again by Robert Downey Jr has returned to a peaceful yet rather secluded life in Malibu.

But a series of frightening panic attacks and escalating acts of terrorism throughout America by a man known as the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) tip him over the edge with huge consequences.

In what could be his last film in the franchise Downey Jr excels, in what I believe to be his best role.

In this film he is stripped of all he knows but forced to protect all he loves.

It is perhaps this element which changes the film drastically from its predecessors.

Stark loses it all -- the flash car, big house and, for a large amount of the movie, is deprived of his super-suit. This is an unseen vulnerable side to the usual womanising philanthropist.

It all leads to the big question -- does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man? With many references to New York and that of the invincible Avengers Ensemble and their inability to help with this new terrorism threat -- this is quietly explained with another powerful one liner.

This isn't superhero business. It's American Business.

And perhaps this is Iron Man 3's greatest achievement as they are not missed.

At first I was sceptical of Gwyneth Paltrow playing the part of Pepper Potts. To me she doesn''t spring to mind as the ideal candidate. However, I was impressed with her no-nonsense attitude, especially when it came to her costume loving husband.

The comedic timing in this film is so on point it relieves some of the tension in what is a hold-yourbreath movie, and it is hard to delve too deeply without giving away the films best kept secrets.

Black has gone overboard with his huge budget yet the results are highly impressive and I believe it's the best Iron Man film by far.

If this is his last one, which would be a shame, Downey Jr has definitely gone out on an exceptionally strong exit.

Ieuan Wheeler It was a really good film, action packed, with so much going on. It was really funny at times too which was good. I do agree though it would not be the same without DowneyJr as Iron Man. He is that part -- you couldn''t watch Indiana Jones without it being Harrison Ford.

Simon Tilley It was an amazing film, I have seen all of them and regard myself as a huge fan of the franchise. I loved Don Chealey''s performance as Iron Patriot. I hope Robert DowneyJr stays as the films just wouldn''t work without him -- it would be like changing Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean. The part is made for him.

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