Picking up soon after the events of The Avengers, Iron Man 3 finds Tony Stark haunted by what he experienced in New York. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed by a terrorist known as The Mandarin, he finds his resolve tested like never before. This sends Stark on a harrowing quest to stop the man responsible and find retribution. Shane Black's Iron Man 3 is a fun, albeit silly, entry in the trilogy that relies too heavily on a rather nonsensical evil force to test Iron Man's strength. As one would expect with Shane Black writing the script, Robert Downey Jr. is as fun as ever as Tony Stark, chewing up dialogue at every turn. The film starts off strong, focusing on how Tony Stark is haunted by the events of the Avengers. Stark is clearly a man whose always been the smartest man in the room, and with the events that unfolded in New York he finds himself a bit of mess, terrified of not being able to protect himself and more importantly, the one he loves. This idea of Tony Stark feeling inadequate is really the strongest aspect of the film, but unfortunately the rest of the film isn't nearly as smart or interesting. One of the problems I've always had with the Iron Man films was the lack of a strong antagonist and while the villain in Iron Man 3 is certainly a stronger adversary than the boring villain of the first Iron Man, his means are a little too hard to believe. I realize Iron Man is a comic book character but the way Iron Man 3 unfolds, being easily the darkest of the three, I was hoping for a more grounded villain instead of someone who is essentially supernatural. In the end, Shane Black's Iron Man 3 is certainly entertaining enough because of Robert Downey Jr's character but I was hoping for something more from a story and emotion perspective.
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