IRON MAN 3 is worth every single penny of your ticket price. It doesn’t just start off the summer movie season with a ‘bang’, rather a ‘boom’. Or if you want to stick with the ‘bang’ idea, it was one fine bang indeed. It is certainly better than 2 and fancier than the original (“better” in that case would warrant a frenzied debate).
ROBERT DOWNEY JR. is at the top of his game here and (sorta-kinda-halfway-spoiler alert) GUY PEARCE plays one great bad guy. Unfortunate to say that GWYNETH PALTROW is only about 80% into it, but REBECCA HALL was good (as always) to make up for Paltrow’s semi-lack of interest. Also, be sure to stay after the credits for a very funny cameo by MARK RUFFALO reprising his role as Dr Bruce “I’m not that kind of doctor” Banner.
The action was extreme in all ways, especially in the final sequence where all of the 34-some-odd suits were flying around at the same time. Note that the movie is relatively frightening at points and is not as friendly to the 2 and 3 year old crowd as several parents in the theater seemed to misunderstand. It also serves as a decent terminal point for the trilogy, although I would be surprised if Downey or Disney didn’t return for another shot at celluloid gold at some point.
Speaking of cash, IRON MAN 3 rocked the boxoffice setting the #2 biggest opening weekend in history (aside from THE AVENGERS) with $175.3 mil domestic and a massive $680.1 mil worldwide.
Solid ‘A’ material. And judging from the preview for THOR 2, Marvel is going to have a pretty good run this summer. If you have not seen IRON MAN 3 yet, go ahead and call in sick to work tomorrow to do so. Tell your boss that MIDWEST MARK told you to. That should go over well.