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Fantasy - Superheroes, Iron Man

Iron Man 3 (2013)

Duration 2h 10m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story The previous films and what is described as “The Extremis” story arc by Warren Ellis, illustrated by Adi Gravov. Marvel Comics characters by Stan Lee, Don Heck, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby.
Writers/Script Drew Pearce, Shane Black
Additional Info Shane Black possibly best known as the writer of Lethal Weapon.
Director Shane Black
Starring Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Jon Favreau, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Paul Bettany, Ty Simpkins, Miguel Ferrer, Stan Lee
Elevator Pitch Tony Stark is suffering from panic attacks, has become obsessed with the construction of iron man suits and is falling out with girlfriend, Pepper. Meanwhile he is being challeged by “The Mandarin” who appears to be the origin of random explosions in a variety of locations. At the same time as his home is visited by a DNA scientist with information, he is attacked and the house destroyed by the Mandarin. He must fight back with the assistance of a teenager.
Content A number of set pieces involving Extremis with explosions and missiles. Tony is seen out in the boondocks with his suit non-operational. His emotional problems are portrayed. A scene with the Mandarin in his lair. A lot of tension as Tony and his military buddy must decide whether to rescue Pepper or the president, and an extended finale. Some scantily clad young women seen at times, and a bit of boozing.
A View Worth the ticket price just for the scenes with Ben Kingsley (Sir). I saw this first on a flight and remembered them. I enjoyed nearly all of this, with very few set pieces being overdone. It cost a lot but made a fortune and is worth anyone’s time if they like action movies, but watch the first two before embarking on this one, to get the best out of it.

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Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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