Yes, it’s good. It’s very good.
Whether you’re an avid follower of Marvel cinema or just a cinema go-er , this (possibly) final instalment of the Iron Man series is not one to miss. I got the odd sense that a different release date might have been planned originally.. it’s all set around Christmas time. Anyway, that’s my only negative (if that’s even a negative..). Onto the positives:
Robert Downey Jnr is , as always, great. Arrogant, sarcastic, and this time suffering from regular and severe panic attacks since his stint in the Avengers (apparently flying yourself into outer space, blowing up aliens and falling back down to earth will do that to you ). A lot of references are made to ‘New York’ and the ‘black hole’, a nice way of joining all of the movies together.
Also, very refreshing to know that our super-hero is not ok. The norm is to have audiences believe that your hero will get through anything and this movie realises that audiences are tired of that; We want panic attacks. We want emotional and physical breakdown. We want things to go wrong!
And then there’s Ben Kingsley . Terrific casting move. I’ll never forget his role as Cosmo in Sneakers (1992) and I was expecting similar acting here. He has a very quiet way of being a bad guy and , in this role, an unshakeable belief in his message and what he’s trying to do. There is more to this but I don’t want to spoil it for you.
Shane Black makes an impressive comeback as director. Bit of trivia for you : he was particularly popular in the 80’s and 90’s for being involved in the writing and directing of almost all Lethal Weapon movies, The Last Boy Scout and The Long Kiss Goodnight. After a quiet stint in the 2000s, he’s made his mark again and stuck to making his action sequences funny, witty and highly entertaining.
Go and see this movie!! 9/10 in my books (I feel strange giving it full marks…no-one does that do they?) .