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An Iron Giant

The superhero genre has been redefined. Several years ago, the genre was a series of effects with bad acting. Big summer blockbusters that pulled in a lot of money, but no quality acting was around. Now with films like The Dark Knight, The Avengers, and Iron Man 3, the genre has been given new life.

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) can’t sleep. Ever since the events in New York happened (see Avengers) he has been worried about protecting what belongs to him. He has built an array of new suits and spending too much time in his work shop. Enter The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), a terrorist who considers himself a teacher, providing lessons with his mass executions and bombings. There are several other components like scientist Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) hell-bent on getting with Tony’s girlfriend, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow).

We’ve got some supporting work from the KC native Don Cheadle. He’s excellent as always. Newcomer Ty Simpkins is a treat to watch. He’s almost as much of a smartass as Tony is. Downey Jr. has settled into this role, and flies through it with ease, bringing his trademark swagger to the film. Kingsley steals the show with his wonderful portrayal of the war mongering terrorist. Pearce and Paltrow are both terrific, and provide important roles in the movie.

As for the action, it’s nearly nonstop. Perfect visuals complete the film, and it adds a whole new dimension to the film. Watch for a rescue mission involving Air Force one. You’ll be on the edge of your seat the whole scene.

Shane Black does an incredible job directing this all-star cast. One thing I loved about this film is the use of comic relief. It’s seen far and wide in this film, and balances perfectly with more emotional scenes, and also the action filled parts. That’s awesome that Black could pull it off. He easily could have been overwhelmed, and this film could have been just as bad as the second film in the trilogy. Instead, he goes above and beyond and makes this the best Iron Man yet.

Long story short, this film is incredible. It’s filled with so much great acting, jaw dropping effects, and loads of emotional intrigue. This is by far the best Iron Man yet, and is also one of my favorite superhero movies of all time. 4/4 stars.