Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) tests the structural integrity of his couch.

Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) tests the structural integrity of his couch.

REEL REVIEWS: Stark by comparison

The third Iron Man instalment satisfies those superhero cravings.

  • May. 10, 2013 1:00 p.m.

Billionaire superhero Tony Stark, (Robert Downey Jr.) also known as Iron Man, is having some personal problems.

Last summer, as part of the Avengers, Stark helped save the world from an alien invasion. Ever since that day he’s been having nightmares and anxiety attacks.

When a new terrorist known as the Mandarin, (Ben Kingsley) starts wreaking havoc with American interests, Stark calls him out, with his usual brash attitude. Now he has to protect the world, himself and most importantly, the love of his life, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). Stark’s problems are only beginning, as he discovers that the Mandarin is just a small part of a much larger threat.

We say, “It satisfies superhero cravings.”

TAYLOR: IM3 is a little bit silly, certainly not logical, but still fun.

HOWE: Who really cares about the logic in superhero movies? The paying public want to see action, explosions and chases. It is a comic book movie after all.

TAYLOR: I guess that’s true, but the story does suffer a bit due to it making less than perfect sense. When a plot relies on deus ex machina for it to merely exist (or garner more minutes of film time), even a child could find the flaw in Iron Man saving the day by doing something he could have done to avoid this whole mess in the first place.

However, these moments in the film, while major and tied to the plot’s conclusion, did not really interfere with my enjoyment of the film. If you’re after action, explosions and chases, Iron Man 3 delivers, even more than the first two films. Check your brain at the door.

HOWE: I didn’t see the first two Iron Man movies, so I know nothing of the series. It had a different director this time out and I’m told this is more in line with the frantic action scenes of The Avengers than the other two. I guess that’s why they threw in the little flashbacks every now and then of the last movies to tie everything neatly together.

TAYLOR: Audiences can comfortably watch IM3 without having watched the first two films, in part because of the flashbacks and in part because it just doesn’t matter. Iron Man is a two dimensional character until you get to know (and like) Tony Stark. Robert Downey Jr.’s cheeky performance is instantly likeable and audiences love the quick rapport he shares with every other character he meets. I’ve seen all the IM films and this one does seem to be a little heavier on the action side of things, but it’s well done.

HOWE: To me Iron Man 3 didn’t seem as glossy or polished as The Avengers. Yes, it has some good performances from the cast, none more so than Kingsley, but that alone doesn’t put it on par with last summer’s blockbuster. I guess we will have to see what Thor: The Dark World has to offer us later in the year and I’m sure Iron Man will be back in Avengers 2.

— Taylor gives Iron Man 3 3.5 “Ten Rings” out of 5.

— Howe gives it 3.5 giant rabbits out of 5.

The film is currently showing at the Galaxy Cinemas in Vernon.

— Peter Howe and Brian Taylor are movie reviewers based in Vernon, B.C. Their column, Reel Reviews, appears in The Monring Star every Friday and Sunday.