I could pretend that I'm going to do an in-depth, thoughtful review here, but we don't really need that, do we? If you're going to go see Iron Man 3, you're going to go see it. You're either a fan already or you're being dragged by someone, but either way, it's a done deal. So here's a quick guide to my highlights and lowlights.
- The characterizations are fabulous. RDJ is in fine form and perfectly bitchy with everyone from Pepper to small children. Really, he calls a small child a pussy. It's amazeballs.
- The action is great. I'm not big on CG replacing physical action, but it's really well done here. The textures on the armor alone are enough to be impressive. I love that it's never pristine. Excellent attention to detail.
- Ben Kingsley. I can't even tell you WHY he's so great without spoiling things, just trust me.
- Gwyneth Paltrow's abs. Sorry, they're so rockin' they deserve their own entry. Wow. I need her to be my personal trainer.
- Despite the production team screwing with the audience by making the credits last 10 minutes, it's pretty worth it. The closing credit sequence is done in an 80s TV show style, and after that it's all about spotting fake names. Enjoy! Besides, the after credits scene is hilarious and well worth the wait.
- Suspension of disbelief is part of all movies, especially superhero movies, but I found it VERY difficult to ignore that they didn't mention Captain America once. It made perfect character sense for Tony to not ask for help, but the overall danger and plot of the movie really cried out for Cap to step in - asked or not. If he wasn't going to be there, they needed at least a quickie cover story for it.
- Some of the danger wasn't as, y'know, dangerous as it could have been. Too often it was too obvious that everything would be fine and why. But that's a super generic hero movie complaint, so it's a minor quibble.
Basically? It's a super fun entry into the new Marvel catalogue, and fans will be pleased to see that they've raised their game since Iron Man 2, which was distinctly "meh" with the exception of some interesting character moments. Now, get thee to the theater, fellow geeks!