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article imageReview: ‘Iron Man 3’s invincibility is exposed Special

By Sarah Gopaul     May 3, 2013 in Entertainment
In ‘Iron Man 3’, Tony Stark faces an enemy that knows no bounds, leaving him to rely on his own ingenuity and instincts to save those closest to him.
Superheroes come in many shapes and sizes with a variety of motivations. Tony Stark was an ordinary inventor/tycoon who took a stand against the world's villains. But years of fighting and a few epic battles later, life in the suit is beginning to take its toll. In Iron Man 3, everyone's favourite hero is unexpectedly vulnerable.
While Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) continues to run daily operations at Stark Industries, Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) spends sleepless nights and anxious days tinkering in his underground workshop. He hasn't been the same since lending his services to S.H.I.E.L.D. and it's weighing on his relationships. In the meantime, a new bad guy is terrorizing the world. The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) is exploding untraceable bombs in an attempt to get the U.S. president to bow to his demands. When the Iron Patriot (Don Cheadle) – formerly known as War Machine – is put out of commission, it's up to Iron Man to make things right.
One of the great elements of the recent Marvel films is they all fit together with various levels of crossover that culminated in The Avengers and branched out again into the individual franchises. This picture is directly informed by the battle in New York, which forced Tony to confront his mortality. Unlike most of his friends who are genetically super, he's just a guy in a "tin can."
Even though Tony is as sarcastic and amusing as ever, he's changed. He's no longer the carefree daredevil determined to win at any cost. Settling down with Pepper has made him cautious and, to some degree, weaker. But he still won't walk away from a fight, no matter how much bigger the opponent.
The villains of this movie comprise a small army, though their numbers aren't as important as their abilities. But even as they appear unstoppable, their evil plot grows more complex and, at least in one instance, more ridiculous.
With the added depth to all the characters, this may be the best of the three pictures. Even though it's almost an hour before the first major fight scene, it's easy not to notice because the narrative is so compelling. Tony has never been so accessible, while still remaining unbelievable.
Downey Jr. lives up to all expectations, reprising the role he made sexy. He gets away with saying the most inappropriate thing because he's irresistibly charming. He embodies the character like no other actor could. Both Downey Jr.’s and Cheadle’s parts are more physical than in previous chapters, even resulting in an injury that delayed production for a period. Pepper’s involvement in the day-to-day has expanded, giving Paltrow a larger role in the third picture. And Kingsley is awesome on so many levels.
As with all Marvel movies, there’s an extra bit of footage tagged on after the credits for audiences in the know. Though unlike the other bonus scenes, this one could change the context of the entire film.
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