For someone who doesn't care for "action" movies, I have enjoyed the Iron Man series and Iron Man 3 does not disappoint me (130 minutes). Robert Downey, Jr. returns as Tony Stark with Qwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, the woman anchoring this super hero millionaire technical genius. Don Cheadle, who if you read this Blog, know I feel is a significantly underrated very talented actor, plays Colonel James Rhodes. Guy Pearce plays Aldrich Killian, a spurned scientist out for revenge. And, probably the most entertaining character is Ben Kingsley, who I did not recognize, playing the part of the Mandarin. All that aside, once again the good forces are challenged by an evil mind, one with powers that seem unstoppable and merciless.
Tony Stark sets up the story line himself. (No spoiler here, he reveals it in the opening scene.) Basically, he finds his past coming back to haunt him. And, I am not talking about aliens falling from the skies. Iron Man, once again, rises (no pun intended) to the occasion. However, unlike in the previous story lines where Tony dons his suit, soars into the air, and saves the world, this time he has to prove that Iron Man is more than a high tech red and gold outfit. We see Tony using his practical, mechanical, and technical brilliance to save the world or least the country, with and without the armor.
At one point in the movie, Tony is dragging a dysfunctional Iron Man suit behind him in the snow and you wonder for the first time, is the suit what empowers him to fight the bad guys or does it protect him from himself? But he finds his way, uses his talents to rebuild Iron Man, and along the journey, finds Tony.
So far, this was the best Iron Man movie yet. And, obviously, I recommend it.