Written June 25, 2016
This is everything I wanted to see in an Ironman sequel. The acting is top notch and the story is the best yet. The Mandarin, played by Ben Kingsley, is worth the price of admission alone. He is the embodiment of all of the fears in the current American consciousness -- Al Queda, China, domestic terrorist,etc. But is he real? He introduces himself to Tony Stark by blowing up his Malibu home and basically destroyng his ability to suit up. Those of you who want to see a movie that's like The Avengers full of non-stop superhero action scenes need to look elsewhere. This move has a great story, a great villian, and above all, an emphasis on teamwork to combat evil. Robert Downey Jr's character is conflicted and much darker than his previous outings as Ironman. This gives him an opportunity to use his considerable acting talents to make us laugh and keep us entertained. Nevertheless, there are a few amazing action scenes that involve an army of Ironmen that aren't to be missed.
Written October 23, 2016
Do not expect a movie on par with the Avengers. Iron Man 3 in no way approaches the lofty bar set by that movie. IM3 isn't bad but didn't meet my expectations
IM3's plot combines the genetically engineered super soldiers of the "Extremis" comic arc with an arms dealer brokering war for profit while playing on the ever current events of terrorism. These scenarios are worn out on their own and don't get any better together. Tony Stark's Avengers's adventure initiated PTSD is thrown in for good measure.
IM3 showcases a linear, predictable plot against adversaries made unworthy by the movie's deviation from the comic. It also lacks attention to detail. Someone shouldn't emerge from a 3,000 degree explosion with perfectly pressed pants. The action is is well done but lacks creativity.
Robert Downey Jr's comedic timing is the true hero of this movie.
Watched in IMAX 3D. There is a scene after the (long) credits
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Written May 29, 2016
This is a MUST see in 3D, especially in IMAX-3D if you can!!! This one is on par with the original Iron Man. The villain, visual effects and fight scenes were spectacular Just make sure to see the scene after the end of the credits (well worth the wait). Loved it!
Written May 01, 2016
First let me say, seeing Robert Downey Jr. in anything is awesome enough, but to see him as Iron Man, is a girl's dream come true!! He is everything you could ask for in an actor. Even with his troubled past, he brings it every time with no relapse! He is amazing. I won't give the story away because that would be a sin in itself, but to finally see Tony Stark care about someone other than himself is awesome! Gwen P is fantastic, as always and is a lucky, lucky lady!! The story, the actors, the cinematography, ALL of the nuts and bolts, excuse the pun, are in this movie! A MUST see!! A++++
Written December 18, 2014
My first time watching a movie in both IMAX and 3D (I saw 300 in IMAX). I truly got my $$$$$ worth. Great movie. The best seat in the house....right smack dab in the middle near the top