Iron Man 3 | Chicago Reader

Iron Man 3

None of the Iron Man movies has been as good as The Dark Knight (2008), but their mix of spectacle and droll comedy goes down a lot easier than the other franchise's thumping Sturm und Drang. One might even argue that their obsession with weapons manufacturing offers as interesting a cultural critique as the surveillance element of The Dark Knight, though the filmmakers have generally backed away from this idea as if it were a live grenade. This installment actually flirts with satire, sending its hero-in-a-can (Robert Downey Jr.) on a vengeful mission against a mad, bearded jihadist (Ben Kingsley) before yanking the rug out from under the neocon story line. There are some good laughs as well, most of them involving Downey's brutal put-downs of cute little kids. Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) directed; with Gwyneth Paltrow, Rebecca Hall, Guy Pearce, and Don Cheadle.



  • Shane Black


  • Robert Downey Jr.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Don Cheadle
  • Guy Pearce
  • Rebecca Hall
  • Jon Favreau
  • Ben Kingsley
  • James Badge Dale
  • Stephanie Szostak
  • Paul Bettany
  • William Sadler
  • Dale Dickey
  • Ty Simpkins
  • Miguel Ferrer
  • Wang Xueqi
  • Shaun Toub


  • Kevin Feige
  • Jon Favreau
  • Louis D'Esposito
  • Charles Newirth
  • Victoria Alonso
  • Stephen Broussard
  • Alan Fine
  • Stan Lee
  • Dan Mintz

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