(Source: Marvel/Walt Disney Pictures)
(Source: Marvel/Walt Disney Pictures)

There will be spoilers…

It’s hard to review a movie without giving away something. For the most part, I’d rather review a movie without giving away the plot. Iron Man movies are action-focused but like all Marvel movies they do have a couple of minor twists that you try to keep under your hat. Unless you’re like me and have a bone to pick with that particular twist. So hear ye, hear ye, spoilers lie ahead. You’ve been warned.

The first thing you have to know about Iron Man 3, is that it’s… well, it’s like the iPhone. When it came along it was something new and fresh, but as new versions appear it’s basically still a newer version of the previous device. The problem, since I like to stretch analogies further until they make no sense, is that if Iron Man 2 was iPhone 4, Iron Man 3 is not iPhone 5. It’s more like iPhone 4GS.

In other words, you’ll recognize this movie. It’s still a good movie to watch, don’t get me wrong. Just don’t make the mistake of watching the previous one because it’s going to feel like a rehash of the same thing. Not at first though. At first we get Tony being Tony, which let’s be honest, Robert Downey Jr. plays to perfection. Nothing to complain there. As a matter of fact, you’ll be glad to know he balances his time as Tony and as Iron Man enough so that we’re not left looking at the mask for too long – although there will be so many times at the movie’s climatic battle that he steps in and out of the suit that it did get a bit annoying for me.

Gwyneth Paltrow plays Pepper Potts, as in Pepper Potts the CEO of Stark Industries. I’m glad she does get a central part in the plot, albeit she has to end up being captured. There’s some saving grace at the end for her character though. Don Cheadle returns as Colonel Rhodes aka War Machine aka the Iron Patriot. I was glad he wasn’t completely relegated to the sidelines when the bullets start flying. As a matter of fact, the movie does him justice as both him and Tony are iron-less, as he leads both of them into a gunfight. That would be logical, he’s the guy with the military training.

Big spoiler ahead, turn back now.

But I had a big problem when one of Marvel’s villains, the Mandarin, turns out to be a joke. Not saying more than that, but in the end that brings the final confrontation to something we’ve seen before: two billionaire super-geniuses fighting each other with their toys.

The epilogue to the climatic battle is the usual Tony-turns-a-new-leaf but at the same time, they did try to wrap up things extra nicely in case this was the last one of the series. I can’t help but to think it’s not? I just hope they do think of bringing something of a new threat next time around.

If you are a fan of the Iron Man series, you might want to give this one a go. It does take some lessons from the Michael Bay school of filmmaking. That means a bit of explosion saturation and way too many robotic stuff in the screen at times, but it does have enough of Robert Downey, Jr. to make up for it. As action movies go, it does hit above the average mark.

Recommended with popcorn.

That will do for now.