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Published May 7th 2013
Iron Man 3- 2.5/5: Perhaps I've been a bit spoilt by the consistently high quality of the films to date in the Marvel Avengers cinema franchise, but I felt there was a certain something missing from this third outing in the IM franchise.
Downey Jr is once again solid in the title roll, displaying a new vulnerability to Tony Stark not seen in the previous films. However, the developing mental issues of Stark are not given much time for exploration and development, and therefore seems glossed over and forced. This seems to be the main problem with IM3: there are so many ideas (many of them good), squished into the story, that there is not enough time to properly explore and develop them all, and end with a satisfactory resolution (the ending seems rushed and contradicts some of the mythos set up and used to great effect in the earlier films). The result is a frenetic mess which never manages to crystalize into a coherent whole.
Having said this, there are some high points: Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin is excellent (and the origin story for this character provides a good twist); how Stark's shabby, thoughtless treatment of people in the past ends up becoming the cause of his troubles in the present; and the witty pseudo-father/son relationship between Stark and Harley (Ty Simpkins), the boy who helps him in his hour of need.
After the success of The Avengers, Marvel have tried too hard with IM3, and a film which had the potential to soar as high as its predecessors, instead has come crashing down with a resounding clank.