Movies: Hero Downey Jr’s still pumping Iron ................
SO what happened to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) after Iron Man joined The Avengers and battled aliens?
It seems he’s had problems adjusting to it all and is having difficulty sleeping – which in turn is affecting his relationship with the delectable Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow).
‘‘Nothing’s been the same since New York,’’ he tells her in Iron Man 3.
Adding to his woes is Ben Kingsley’s The Mandarin, the latest global terrorist who is blowing up innocent people across the US and periodically hijacking all TV broadcasts to boast about it.
Then there’s the reappearance in Pepper’s life of a colleague, Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), who’s scrubbed up better since she saw him last and appears to have some super-duper technology she might want to invest in, as the head of Stark Enterprises.
And what is Pepper to make of dreamy botanist Dr Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall), a former lover of Tony’s, who says she’s working for Aldrich and believes he’s aiding The Mandarin?
Fans of the 2008 film Iron Man and its 2010 sequel have been waiting with bated breath to see what the genius billionaire in the red-and-gold flying suit is up to this time.
The good news is, Downey is still on song as the slyly sardonic Tony Stark, but this time imbuing his character with a different kind of vulnerability.
Iron Man 3 delivers in spades with its top-notch special effects, its thrilling action sequences and its trademark humour – often delivered in Downey’s dry, dead-pan manner.
He and Paltrow have a great chemistry which is highlighted as Tony and Pepper’s relationship suffers some tough setbacks.
But what makes Iron Man a hero you can empathise with – despite his wealth, good looks and superhuman intelligence – is Downey’s willingness to take a pratfall for the sake of his humanity. This film is ultimately much more satisfying in its final fight sequence than its predecessor, which saw Iron Man and his military counter War Machine (Don Cheadle) battling row after row of robots in scenes reminiscent of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones – and that’s no compliment.
In this instance, its setting and the characters gathered for the showdown combine to make both sides so evenly matched, fans will be holding on until the very end, unsure of who will survive the battle.
– TONI MASON
Iron Man 3 is screening now.
Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark (left) and Iron Man (above) in Iron Man 3.
Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin.