by Matt Slick
Robert Downey Junior reprises his role as Tony Stark, the narcissistic, genius, superhero who uses technology to the nth degree in his fight against bad guys. And, as usual, he delivers his role with the witty, bantering style we've come to appreciate. In this third release of the franchise, Tony Stark is dealing with post-traumatic stress as a result of his battle in The Avengers movie (if you haven't seen it, you should). He's obviously human and struggling.
Iron Man 3 is full of special effects--great ones. It's fun. If you don't mind suspending your rationality and just want to be entertained, then this flick is for you. Its fast paced, special effects laden scenes are fun to watch and thoroughly satisfying. Of course, every Iron Man movie needs a villain. That role is filled by Guy Pearce who plays Aldrich Killian, one mean dude who has discovered how to manipulate DNA and make super soldiers who, of course, are super bad guys. Killian wants to rule the world.
In the mix is The Mandarin (excellently delivered by Ben Kinglsey), a world-class menace who hijacks the TV airwaves and sends out ominous messages and recordings of bombings and killings in order to taunt the world and fill it with fear. Why? I wasn't really sure, but we don't really need a good reason for a bad guy to do what he does when we're rooting for the good guy to kick his rear--comic book syle. But, the connection between Killian and the Mandarin is revealed, and the motives for his bad behavior become evident. Of course, Tony Stark's challenge to the Mandarin leaves him with his technological butt thoroughly kicked, his home destroyed, and most of his technology obliterated. Therefore, Tony has to use his genius to save the day; and, well, of course he does.
As enjoyable as the movie is, there are plot holes. I don't want to spoil it by revealing what they are, but I left the movie theater thinking that the third installment was not as good as the first two. Don't get me wrong, it's a fun ride; but it just didn't have the coherence and comic book believability of the first two.
Gladly, there was no sex scene and little bad language. It is fun. It is entertaining. It is worth seeing.