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Bettie's Box Office: Iron Man 3 Review

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:06 PM CDT
Robert Downey Jr. proves, once again, that he can take the flimsiest of scripts and make it an entertaining two and a half hours.

Get a peek at Iron Man 3 here:

In Iron Man 3, times have been tough for Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) ever since the Avengers pushed the alien invaders back through their wormhole and saved the Earth. There are chinks in Tony's usually cool psychological armor: he's experiencing insomnia and anxiety attacks. Tony's waking hours are haunted by an international terrorist known as The Mandarin (played wonderfully by Ben Kingsley). When The Mandarin claims responsibility for an attack that puts Tony's friend and head of security into a coma, "it gets personal," as they say in action movies.

The movie assumes you already know all of the characters and back-stories, so it jumps into action right away. It's pretty much over-the-top for the next 2.5 hours, with characters being thrown around by explosions and leaping blindly from dizzying heights, only to be saved by blind luck (time and time again). Even though you know the writers aren't likely to kill off any of the main characters, they seem determined to prove it to you. Some of the best moments in the movie have nothing to do with action: when Tony is befriended by a 10 year-old kid in Tennessee, and when Iron Man and Iron Patriot (Don Cheadle) come face-to-face with The Mandarin himself in his secret lair. You have to see the movie to understand.

I overheard some die-hard comic fans say they thought that the way the film deals with The Mandarin was clever, and they thought that IM3 was a definite improvement over IM2. Everyone stayed until the very end of the (endless) credits to check out the signature bonus scene at the end. That's where we catch a glimpse of The Hulk in a calmer mood. I wonder if Iron Man misses his other super friends. I know I do.

Iron Man 3 is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief suggestive content. It opens Friday, May 3.Bettie's Box Office: Iron Man 3 Review

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