Movies: Hero Downey Jr’s still pump­ing Iron ................

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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.

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