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May 7, 2013

‘Iron Man 3’ strikes while the ‘Iron’ is hot

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CLAREMORE —

And in the way of villains, the selection is better this time around too.
On the world stage is an enigmatic terrorist who calls himself The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), who claims responsibility for several bombings in an effort to bait the U.S. President (William Sadler) into calling Stark’s  friend, Col. James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) into service. 
Previously, Rhodes had his own Iron Man-like suit, War Machine, which had since been given a stars and stripes paint job and been re-christened as Iron Patriot.
Closer to Tony’s own life is genius named Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), who comes to Stark Enterprises to pitch a biotech which can potentially re-grow a human’s missing limbs or digits. 
Former dork Killian — seen in the 1999 flashback which opens the film — is suave now and exhibits symptoms of an almost stalker-like crush on Pepper. 
Stark’s head of security, Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau, who directed the first two films) keeps tabs on Killian’s dangerous-looking goons. Meanwhile, a one-night stand of Tony’s (Rebecca Hall) reappears with dubious intentions.
Black relishes the opportunity to play in this big superhero sandbox, keeping things moving at a steady pace, with high-energy action sequences popping up naturally in the story, just when you’re starting to think you could use another one. 
Downey’s delivery of Stark’s usual wise-acre dialogue — perhaps the best in the series — is  spot-on as always. To one bad guy he’s captured: “You’ve got a minute to live. Fill it with words.”
Although there’s the introduction of a possible junior sidekick, it’s handled organically and doesn’t feel forced or becomes cloying, having a pay off that will no doubt please audiences.
Stark isn’t entirely glib about his feelings for Pepper however, taking his love for her seriously, even if his expression of it is usually wrapped in a joke — he’s a man, what else would you expect? His love for her, more than anything, is what he takes the most seriously.

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