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Review: Iron Man 3 - High On Iron

A superhero film directed by Shane Black featuring Marvel Comics character Iron Man. The film is produced by Marvel Studios and is the sequel to Iron Man 2. It is the big release in the Iron Man franchise. It is out in 2D and 3D versions and movie-goers can take their pick. The film ends with a Merry Christmas bang as the “Clean Slate” command destroys all the demons.

Robert Downey, Jr. reprises his role as the title character, with Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, and Favreau as Pepper Potts, James Rhodes, and Happy Hogan, respectively. Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, and Ben Kingsley round out the film's principal cast.

Aldrich Killian is the wildcard entry as the crippled scientist. He is the mastermind that pushes the peaceful life of Stark into a mess through schemes of building Advanced Idea Mechanics, while America is terrorised by “The Mandarin” (Ben Kingsley).

Teaming with Harley, a precocious 10-year-old boy, Stark investigates the remains of a local explosion bearing the hallmarks of The Mandarin’s attack that leads him to the truth beyond what he and we, as audience, already know till that point of the film.

There is enough action and humour in the tensed situations of the film that Tony Stark, the multi millionaire playboy and engineer, triggers off with his call for arms and help whenever required and the dialogues that precedes the action where he busts out the bad guys. One of the most memorable scenes in the movie is when helicopter gun-ships attack Stark mansion.

One thing that might get monotonous is the number of obstacles and the chain of solutions and requirement for help by Stark. The machines seem to be at the beck and call of the man. Stark seems nothing but a womaniser with an air of chauvinism and “I am the genius and the only genius” signature style. But that’s got to do more with the character of Iron Man than the film. But who cares as long as he saves the planet from lunatics? Who cares as long as he gets his fare share of pleasure like James Bond and unlike Batman (immersed in the noir world)? Who cares as long as he keeps the audience happy?