Review: Watching a Superhero do his/her thing is fun, no doubt. But most of us forget how it is and what it feels like for the person behind the mask. This is what Shane Black (of the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Lethal Weapon fame) has showcased in the third edition of this series.

The first two editions of the franchise had Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) going zip, zap, zoom in his supreme Iron Man armor. This film, however, shows a very different side of Tony Stark. Picking off right where The Avengers left off, Tony Stark is now a changed man. His impeccable tone of condescension and cockiness still remain, thankfully. Shane Black has injected new life into the Iron Man franchise with this movie. Along with the seriousness (that was very evident in the trailers) there is the usual brand of “Tony Stark” humor imbibed in the movie.

The plot is pretty straight-forward. Good guy Iron Man vs. Bad guy Mandarin. Tony Stark throws an open challenge to Mandarin and like the usual super-villain, Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley) wrecks havoc. The drill that follows is not the usual. Stark doesn’t just suit up and thrash the bad guy. In between all this there is the suave and brilliant yet unstable Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) and his pseudo-psycho-stupidity of being superhuman; James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) who plays War Machine/Iron Patriot and the beautiful & brilliant scientist Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall). New complications are thrown in and this is what you should watch out for in the movie. The on screen chemistry between Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Tony Stark is something that sparkles brilliantly.

The film is definitely entertaining but overall, the movie is slightly disappointing. There are moments in the movie when you feel like the characters are desperately trying to cling on to the storyline just to stand up to people’s expectations. There are times when the humor is dry and you will be left with a very faint smile. The film does have its “woo hoo” moments though. The film has some action sequences that are spectacular, a lot of witty dialogues and some of the scenes may just make you hoot like a little child. The brutal unsentimental reaction of Tony Stark to a kid who’s helping him out is something that will crack you up.

The movie will generate a lot of mixed opinions and responses. On one hand, hardcore Iron Man fanatics may not be really impressed by Black’s efforts to bring in the “human” aspect into the picture but there will be many who will be quite happy with the third rendition of Iron Man. The essence of Iron Man from a very action/comic book perspective seems to be lost hence it may not appeal to hardcore fans but will simultaneously do the needful for movie lovers in general.

On the acting front, Robert Downey Jr. is his usual brilliant self, Sir Ben Kingsley shall surprise you but the two actors who stood out were – Gwyneth Paltrow and Guy Pearce. Paltrow and Pearce play their roles with finesse. Paltrow, specially, was delightful to watch. (Hint – She suits up and no, this is not a spoiler). The background score was definitely not up to the mark. The glory of the scenes and the dialogues that made the movie what it is, thankfully, overshadows the misfires.

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