Director: Shane Black. Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Ben Kingsley, Jon Favreau, Paul Bettany. 130 min. Rated PG-13. Action/Sci-Fi.
It's the third film of a trilogy, always under the black cloud of becoming the worst. But fortunately, Iron Man 3 breaks its way through, and tries to create its own identity by following Spider-man 2's lead of humanizing the superhero (the egotistical Tony Stark has anxiety attacks!), and even making political statements (the OBL-like Mandarin is just a facade). Still, this doesn't improve upon the Marvel superhero sub-genre, and merely stays at the level of a very entertaining action movie. The sky-diving rescue sequence blew me away, but I doubt this will be on my top 10 list for 2013.