Heart, Humor Converge in Iron Man's Best Chapter Yet
- Thursday, May 02, 2013
DVD Release Date: September 24, 2013
Theatrical Release Date: May 2, 2013 (check local listings for select 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 and midnight screenings) May 3, 2013 (nationwide)
Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout and brief suggestive content)
Run Time: 130 min.
Director: Shane Black
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Jon Favreau, Ben Kingsley, Ty Simpkins
While Iron Man 2 made a boatload of cash back in 2010 - more than $624 million worldwide - it was still a pretty disappointing sequel. With too many meaningless subplots and a cartoonish villain that not even the larger-than-life presence of Mickey Rourke could save, it simply lacked the sparkle of its predecessor. Even the shamelessly self-assured Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr., Due Date) looked a little self-conscious and bored when saving the world - and himself - from impending doom.
But thanks to a new director (Shane Black of Lethal Weapon fame), a clever script that crackles with humor and a surprisingly human showcasing of the man behind all that metal, the Iron Man franchise has officially found its footing again.
Before picking up where last summer’s The Avengers left off, Iron Man 3 makes a quick detour to 1999. On the eve of Y2K, Tony was in Switzerland doing what a playboy does best, romancing a woman with promises he never intends to keep. While making his move on Maya (Rebecca Hall, The Town), a whip-smart scientist he mistakes for a botanist, he bumps into someone else he should’ve paid more attention to, the socially awkward but brilliant Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce, Lawless).
Hoping the well-funded Tony will take a look at his cutting-edge nanotechnology, Aldrich may lack networking finesse, but he's smart enough to hand Tony a business card. Annoyed with his incessant pleas to chat, Stark eventually shoos the over-eager scientist away by agreeing to meet him on the roof in 20 minutes to go over the particulars. Of course, Tony being Tony, he has no intention of showing up. And after sleeping with Maya, he forgets both of them altogether. Big mistake.
Now back in 2013, Tony is back on his beachfront property in Malibu. He’s not only having trouble sleeping but is more paranoid than ever. Skittish at the very mention of anything that went down with his fellow Avengers in New York, panic attacks are his new normal. While he's crafted some pretty cool technology in his newfound downtime (his new Mark 42 armor actually responds to his mental commands), Tony is in constant fear that he won’t be able to protect his true love, the intrepid Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow, Contagion), from danger.
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