Robert Downey Jr.'s Superhero Threequel Scores With Critics
The reviews are in for Iron Man 3, which finally hit U.S. theaters today after racking up boffo box office abroad.
And that sound you hear are folks buzzing about Robert Downey Jr.'s third big-screen solo outing as the Marvel superhero—not counting, of course, his time in the suit with last summer's The Avengers.
For this latest adventure, which scored a 77 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, RDJ's playboy billionaire Tony Stark is taking names and kicking butt as he faces his toughest foe yet in the form of Ben Kingsley's Osama bin Laden-inspired terrorist The Mandarin.
So what are the critics saying? Read on!
• "Besides rehabbing a hero who overcomes anxiety to save the world and defeat the terror-industrial complex by the simple matter of cloning his body armor, the movie proves that there's still intelligent life on Planet Marvel," writes Time's Richard Corliss.
• "This third installment…has such a surfeit of visual dazzle and eye-popping stunts that it teeters on overload. But Downey reigns it all in with his perfectly-timed dry wit," raves USA Today's Claudia Puig.
• "Iron Man 3 is an ominously exciting, shoot-the-works comic-book spectacular. It keeps throwing things at you, but not with the random, busy franchise indifference that marked the hollow and grandiose Iron Man 2," offers Owen Glieberman of Entertainment Weekly, who gave the film an A minus.
• "The most interesting thing about this new Iron Man is that, far from being slicker than the first two versions, it is unexpectedly—and successfully—darker and more serious than its predecessors," glows Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times.
• On the other hand, New York Times' Manohla Dargis countered: "The Iron Man films turned Mr. Downey into a huge star, but the role has gradually, maybe inexorably, swallowed him. He no longer necessarily does—and probably isn't asked to do—the hard work of a real performance."
• Agreeing with her was Rolling Stone's Peter Travis, who opined: "This may sound like heresy, but I'm getting Robert Downey'ed-out…the loose-cannon vibe that hooked us in the 2008 original has atrophied into shtick. And after a 2010 sequel and last year's The Avengers, isn't it time for this dynamo to move on to—dare I say it—acting?"
one of my friends is a huge comic book fan and he was so upset about it. It would've been really cool if they went with the comic version of the mandarin and it would've fit with the ten rings from the first movie and tied in with the aliens from the avengers but the way they went was fun
my friends and I drove to France one summer and watched this movie one night in the house we rented. It became like, the quotable thing of the trip idk. it reminds me of that summer so much lol /coolstorybro
Saw it in IMAX last night. It was definitely on par with IM1, pros: great villain, love the curveballs thrown at you, YES to what Pepper's been given, so much shit was going on at once in the climax your eyes don't know where to go, love the little shout-outs to Thor and the Avengers. Cons: would have preferred more witty banter considering the director. And it takes place at Christmas and Tony didn't invite Steve for the holidays? RUDE. Disappointed I didn't see a single Tony cosplayer. Dressed as Pepper for nothing :(
I, too, was disappointed in the lack of cosplay. I was Black Widow and didn't see anyone dressed up (but I went to the marathon). BUT A LITTLE KID ASKED TO TAKE A PICTURE WITH ME AND IT WAS SO PRECIOUS.
D'awww. I loved it too. The Barrel of Monkeys scene was amazing to see on an IMAX screen. Thanks for asking; it's actually just started today. Planning on going to the planetarium and Navy Pier even though it's a cold misty day.
The thing with Steve, isn't IM3 supposed to line up somehow with Cap 2, just like the other movies lined up together to form Fury's big week? I really hope so, that's the only plausible reasoning to why S.H.I.E.L.D. and Steve wouldn't be around during the holidays and the Mandarin, hehe.