Iron Man 3 

Shane Black's action-comedy is chockfull of the sparkly stuff fans want

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) takes a desk job.

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) takes a desk job.

In Iron Man 3, inventor and part-time superhero Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is still shaky from the events depicted in The Avengers. (I'm still a bit annoyed by the junk-fest that was Iron Man 2.) He's self-medicating by tinkering with his Iron Man suits, but not for long! A dastardly villain known as the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) blows up Stark's home-slash-lab. This leaves Stark wandering in the wilds of Tennessee, gadget-less and forced to rely on his inner strengths. That's the stated premise, anyhow, but Shane Black's rock-'em-sock-'em flick finds plenty of loopholes for the display of gadgetry, special effects and assorted comic-book-style badassery. 

Downey has fun playing a self-aware Stark, who gets that he's a joke but still loves delivering it. Iron Man regulars (and Downey straightmen) Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Jon Favreau check in. There's a second villain, played by the usually deliciously off-kilter Guy Pearce, but that performance falls oddly flat. 

Ironic perhaps, that in a film reputedly about substance over flash, Pearce's brainiac bad guy gets wiped out by the Mandarin's groovy costumes and TV-friendly antics. And so it goes, too, for lite Iron Man 3, which is chock-full of the sparkly stuff fans want: Stan Lee cameo, grand-finale battle with explosions and flying things, a wink-wink scene after the credits, and more laughs than ideas. In 3-D in select theaters



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