Friday, May 3, 2013

Iron Man 3

Unless you've been living in a cave (and maybe even then) you're probably aware that Robert Downey Jr. is once again reprising his role as Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man.  And something tells me this movie is going to make some money.  Perhaps it's because his last appearance as this Marvel super hero in 'The Avengers' was the third highest grossing film of all time, earning over $1.5B worldwide.  And perhaps it's because it already earned $200M last weekend overseas.  Yup, summer unofficially begins on Friday when this 'tent pole' guaranteed blockbuster does some serious business at the box office.

Of course, before projecting its success, the question should be, is it any good?  (It actually doesn't really matter because it's going to do monster business anyway.  This thing's critic proof.)  But, for the record, just like all the other Iron Man films, it's fun.  It's big, it's bold, it's loud, it's eye-popping, it's cast perfectly (with Don Cheadle and Gwyneth Paltrow returning, and adding Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley), and it's peppered with plenty of Downey Jr.'s trademark one-liners.  My only critique, which is true for all Marvel comic films, is how simplistic and formulaic it is:  A new bad guy arises and our hero must conquer him.  So for that reason, it won't receive an A from me.  But this movie is exactly what a lot of people want after a hard day or week's work.  Turn off your brain, put on your 3D glasses, and watch super heroes battle super villains, big-budget-style.

Bottom line:  It's not quite as good as 'The Avengers', but it's about on par with the other two Iron Man films, and that's good enough for me to easily recommend it to be seen on the big screen for a fun evening out.

Grade: B+

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