‘Iron Man 3′ Review

Published 2 years ago by , Updated November 15th, 2014 at 12:43 am,

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Iron Man 3 should provide enough fun and excitement for both Iron Man die-hards and newly acquired Avengers fans.

Iron Man 3 continues the story of Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) who, after the Battle of New York in Avengers, is struggling with his place in the steadily expanding superhero community. Unable to sleep, Stark has prioritized tinkering with new suits over his personal relationships – even neglecting the one person he “cannot live without,” Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow).

However, when mysterious terrorist The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) kills American citizens and targets Iron Man (as well as his friends), Stark is stripped of his trademark armor, and forced to investigate the threat as an ordinary man. He embarks on a dangerous mission to bring the Mandarin to justice – as well as prove that Tony Stark is more than just his Iron Man suit.

Following on the heels of The Avengers, Marvel Studios had a tough task ahead of them: deliver a batch of standalone character stories set in the Avengers shared universe, without undercutting the excitement and momentum generated by the epic 2012 superhero team-up. The first post-Avengers solo entry, Iron Man 3 is led by first-time Marvel helmer Shane Black – known for blending slick action (and humor) with memorable character stories as both a writer (Lethal Weapon) and director (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang). Does Black’s “buddy cop” movie pedigree make him the right man to usher in Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, via a smart Tony Stark story with some exciting Iron Man combat?

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Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in ‘Iron Man 3′

Interestingly, while Black succeeds in presenting the most personal and intimate Tony Stark story in the series thus far, it sometimes comes at the expense of iconic Iron Man action that die-hard fans will be expecting. This isn’t to say that there aren’t plenty of exciting moments featuring the Iron Man armor(s), but Robert Downey Jr. spends a significant amount of time outside of the suit this round (even during several key battles).

That said, the Extremis super-soldier villains are a welcome change of pace from the suit-on-suit brawls of Iron Man and Iron Man 2, and the Mark 42 Armor (which Stark can remotely control) adds plenty of slick new set-pieces that are sure to be memorable for comic lovers and newcomers alike.Still, even though Iron Man 3 includes some of the best moments in the franchise, certain moviegoers will be underwhelmed by the final ratio between Tony Stark and Iron Man armor-centric action.

Like prior entries, the central story examines Stark’s relationship to the Iron Man persona – this time making it a point to show the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist is pretty adept without his armor. As a result, moviegoers spend a lot of time watching Robert Downey Jr. fire off one-liners (with some genuine vulnerability this round) – especially when paired with kid-helper Harley Keener (Ty Simpkins). In general, Downey once again delivers with the charming and self-absorbed Stark – even in scenes where the filmmakers settled for less-subtle comedy gags (an interaction with a cable news technician, for example) or heavy-handed soap box moments (such as a second act conversation about scientific ethics).

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Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle in ‘Iron Man 3′

Nevertheless, while the film leans heavily on shared universe events from The Avengers as an emotional crutch for the Tony Stark storyline, Iron Man 3 entirely side-steps explaining why none of superhero team (or even S.H.I.E.L.D. members) attempt to provide backup  - resulting in an awkward middle-ground where some viewers might have trouble suspending disbelief.

Returning Iron Man series staples Pepper (Paltro), Colonel James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) – as well as former Iron Man series director Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan) – all offer solid turns as their respective characters, and each one is allowed a bit more to do in Iron Man 3. Cheadle especially helps solidify his place in the Marvel movie universe – as the War Machine character is less of a sidekick this round, earning his own superhero spotlight.

Franchise newcomers are a mixed bag, with Ben Kingsley presenting a captivating terrorist persona for the Mandarin. The Mandarin is unsettling, but considering the character’s importance in comic book lore (not to mention the totally unexplored ties to the original Iron Man film), longtime comic fans might be underwhelmed by Iron Man 3‘s use of the fan-favorite villain. Guy Pearce’s Aldrich Killian isn’t an especially unique (or memorable) addition to the Iron Man series roster, but scene to scene, the character is a satisfying aspect of the primary Iron Man 3 conflict. Unfortunately, Rebecca Hall’s Maya Hansen is almost entirely wasted – with an underdeveloped arc that lacks any impactful payoff.

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Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin in ‘Iron Man 3′

The superfluous Hansen character serves as an example of Iron Man 3‘s biggest drawback: in an effort to deliver a movie that could follow The Avengers, the film is packed with too many characters and overcomplicated tangents that take away from a relatively straightforward character story. A lot of ideas (and comic book references) are haphazardly thrown into the mix, but few of them develop into worthwhile contributions to the onscreen storyline – and, worse yet, outright distract from the emotionally-charged Stark character journey.

Similarly, action set-pieces are bigger than prior Iron Man entries, with epic eye-popping effects, but several sequences suffer from CGI-overload, where the Iron Man armor takes a backseat to crumbling buildings and mid-air explosions. The set-pieces are enormous, but instead of highlighting Tony Stark and the various capabilities of his iconic suit, the scope sometimes undercuts would-be blockbuster moments with a muddled blur of armor and explosions.

Iron Man 3 is playing in both 3D as well as an IMAX Experience – and both versions are on-par with premium presentations of The Avengers. The 3D, specifically, relies on subtle (not pop-out) effects, courtesy of a crisp post-conversion from frequent Marvel Studios collaborator, StereoD (Jurassic Park 3D). Neither IMAX or the 3D is essential to enjoying the film, but moviegoers who are willing to spring for the added ticket cost should get their money’s worth.

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Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts in ‘Iron Man 3′

In attempting to maintain the bar set by The Avengers’ superhero action, Iron Man 3 at times handcuffs its hero (and story) – throwing too much style and attempted substance at the screen without being mindful of the carefully-paced discovery and wonder that made the first film (and even the flawed second entry) so memorable. Nevertheless, Iron Man 3 is a crowd-pleasing blockbuster that includes a number of unique action beats and antagonists that break up the suit vs. suit monotony that dominated the first two entries.

It isn’t the best of the Marvel Studios shared universe offerings, but Iron Man 3 should provide enough fun and excitement for both Iron Man die-hards and newly acquired Avengers fans. If you’re still on the fence, check out the Iron Man 3 trailer below:

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Iron Man 3 runs 130 minutes and is Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief suggestive content. Now playing in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D theaters.

Let us know what you thought of the film in the comment section below. If you’ve seen the movie and want to discuss details about the film without worrying about spoiling it for those who haven’t seen it, please head over to our Iron Man 3 Spoilers Discussion.

For an in-depth discussion of the film by the Screen Rant editors check out our Iron Man 3 episode of the SR Underground podcast.

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Our Rating:

3.5 out of 5
(Very Good)

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  1. Guys, this is not a spoiler thread. Please go to SR’s official spoiler thread to post spoilers.

  2. Went and Saw Iron Man today …. I mean I’ve read alot of Reveiws and critics as I always do for Movies and … I’m a big fanboy of Robert Downey Jr and the IM movies …. I must saw the movie didn’t reach up to my expectations in terms of Storyline /Plot .. New Characthers / Incomplete stories >eg The girl who was with Pepper .. Uhmm Sally …. Seeing the emotional side of Tony was good… and the action was pretty amazing . Every scene with Jarvis and the Suits were Awesmome

  3. Did not suck. Actually almost as good as, if not as good as, the first one. I am 32 years old and have been following Marvel comics for years. Movie was funny, heartfelt, entertaining, a bit slow at times, and with a good amount of action. I do agree could have used more action. But the story kept my attention. The story is more about how Tony can evolve without the suit and reflecting on his past and dealing with his father issues. There is that twist at the end but… it makes sense once the movie is over. 4 out of 5 stars

    • totally agree, I wasn’t upset with the way they portrait the Mandarin either. They did something different and it surprised me wich most superhero films never do

      • its like killing the joker from the dark knight movies… they really messed up this franchise.

        • poor comparison, not really the same at all, mandarin is not the most dynamic of characters, he doesn’t define iron man in the way that the joker does for batman. its more like killing off the penguin, a mildly interesting character, but not a cornerstone of the franchise.

    • I heard about the spoiler before I went so it wasn’t a total surprise. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but I thought it was handled very well. I would say it was definitely better than Ironman 2. I hesitate to say better than the first one, but at least as good. I think I need another viewing of it to be sure. I think Star Trek and Superman have the bar set pretty high to overcome. I would give it a good, solid 4 to 4.5.
      I did not care for the post-credits scene though. It was a total waste.

  4. To all the disappointed IM3 fans don’t worry just yet, the summer movie going season is only just beginning,we still have Man of Steel and Pacific Rim on the way,so have faith in Warner Bros,to save the summer. ;)ha ha.

    • I am hoping for Pacific Rim.

      Mainly, because it isn’t being hyped up that crazy so I am hoping to be pleasantly surprised since I don’t expect epic’ness. Plus GLADOS :D

      Man of Steel seems like it will be LEGENDARY. But I though that about Iron man 3 and look where we are. So, I will go pay for PR and wait till Man of Steel gets a few reviews before I go see that.

  5. IMO,Iron Man 3 was a good way to spend a Saturday at The IMAX movies,it was GOOD,not great,but the spfx were spectacular and the movie had a good sense of humor to it,I say,go see it at least ounce. 3.5 out of five.

  6. Check out my in-depth review of Iron Man 3 at my blog.
    CLick on my name.

    • Ummmm…..no.

  7. I kow that The Avengers is a tough act to follow, but, this movie was pretty bad regardless. The story was predictable, the villains were laughable, and the action scenes not even close to being believable, even though the action sequences aren’t supposed to be. A poor effort all he way around on the script and the directing, Ithink the only two highlights in this one is Ben Kingsley’s character, and the fact that The Avengers sequel was confirmed after the closing credits (although hat scene sucked, too), at the end of the credits, it says “Tony Stark will return.” It should have said, “Tony Stak will return with writers who are actually talented…”

    • Im a fanboy and not disappointed. They adapted (big time) source material to movie. They adapted the idea of the Mandarin. His greatest enemy yet.

      • Please. They made a JOKE out if Mandarin. This was basically the alcoholic Tony Stark, without the alcohol.

        • LOL ..MANDARIN was so lame in that film I just kept smh saying why

        • …or the genius. Remember, the Mandarin was supposed to be a genius. And don’t point out that Guy Pearce *WAS* the Mandarin. Different powers, motivations (what was his motivation again) and background (not talking about race here) does not make you a character. This isn’t about race (after watching Thor, I didn’t hear many complaints about Idris Elba’s Heimdall, because ultimately, he *WAS* the character…you can’t say the same about Kingsley or Pearce in IM3).

  8. Review is pretty much right on. The twist on the Mandarin is going to disappoint Fan-boys like me and make you wonder about the nicely set up 10 Rings references in IM1. Downey is worth the price of the ticket.

  9. Least favorite Marvel movie so far. I could always count on Ironman to give me enough realism in a comic book movie to make the movie VERY enjoyable.

    This movie seemed to have places where it wanted to get over a hump but just fell flat.

    RDJ as a comedian carried the movie. Nothing else in this movie was remotely entertaining.

    The Mandarin twist sucked what little possibility of life this movie ever had.

    I don’t know why people are disappointed. People wanted the Mandarin and they got him… (with a twist) It was Killian. The biggest difference being problem for you haters the movie made Kingsley look somewhat like Mandarin from comics and end up not being him. You’re other prolem being Killian looked nothing like the comic Mandarin version and didn’t have powerful rings. BUT… he ended up being Iron Man’s most challenging foe to date in the movies.


      Cause it was a subpar movie.

      Change is ok if it makes sense. You take one of the better foes of Ironman and just ruin him. Not even on a power level ruin you just slap the character overall in the face. Whiplash was done better. Stane was done better. We were all ready to handle an unpowered foe in The Mandarin maybe using tech rings and highly intelligent.

      Which if you think about it “He” had Ironman since the cave. That is what he wanted. Yet now he had to recapture him.

      Yes and the foe was so challenging Ironman didn’t even beat him.

      The kid was overdone, the music sucked, the armors were nothing. I would have rather have seen 2 or three suits then the flying montage of nothingness.

      Yeah im tired its best to just not think about this movie.

    • People wanted the Mandarin. They got (arguably a great actor) to play a cheap knockoff called “the mandarin”. That WAS NOT the Mandarin and NOT what people wanted.

      IM3 is doing great, but the only redeeming quality is Robert Downey Jr.

    • You don’t know why people are disappointed? Really?

    • Clay…

      People are upset about and disappointed in IM3 because it was a horrible movie. The humor was overdone. The plot was weak. The villain (the whole reason for for conflict and character growth, especially in a CBM) was stupid and, in fact, rather pointless.

      The movie was not merely irritating…it was laughable but NOT laugh-worthy.

      That’s why.

  11. As always, Robert Downey Jr was great as Tony Stark, and the main reason to go watch this movie. Although the narrative was disappointing and the action pretty forgettable, the dialogue and witty exchanges were as sharp as ever. I was reminded at times of the banter between Downey and Val Kilmer in Black’s last film, the far more entertaining Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

    Overall it was a fun time at the movies. Not one of the best superhero movies ever made, but worth checking out on the biggest screen you can find.

    Some more detailed thoughts on my blog below:


    • Agree. I would also add was better than IM2. But yes not a great Marvel Movie but a good fun comedic one. Go into it open minded and you will have fun.

    • STOOOOOOOP advertising blogs and fishing for followers. If you had anything worth reading, you wouldn’t gap have to cast the reel.

    • I’m starting to think that Black is simply a one-trick pony (and that trick doesn’t work all that well in comic book movies).

  12. I will post my reasons in the Spoilers thread, but OMFG, this movie was crap. In the rating above, I gave it a 2/5..out of ten, I give it a five, but I REFUSE to give it any benefit of the doubt on the smaller scale. I found it THAT much of a waste of money and time. I was hopeful when the great opening song hit that I would have a great time…as I did in the first IM (and, in scattered parts, in IM2). Alas, by the end, I was sorry I hadn’t caught the cheaper matinee and felt generally irritated.

    This was also the only comic book/superhero movie since the MCU/Nolan DK era began that I’ve seen in a PACKED theater on opening weekend (and, that includes “Green Lantern”!) that got NO CHEERS OR CLAPS FROM ANYONE when it was over…with good reason, in my opinion.

    • No claps in the theater I was in; in fact, I may have heard some moans.

      • I know I heard some moans and groans…and not just from me.

  13. I will post my reasons in the Spoilers thread, but OMFG, this movie was crap. In the rating above, I gave it a 2/5…out of ten, I give it a five, but I REFUSE to give it any benefit of the doubt on the smaller scale. I found it THAT much of a waste of money and time. I was hopeful when the great opening song hit that I would have a great time…as I did in the first IM (and, in scattered parts, in IM2). Alas, by the end, I was sorry I hadn’t caught the cheaper matinee and felt generally irritated.

    This was also the only comic book/superhero movie since the MCU/Nolan DK era began that I’ve seen in a PACKED theater on opening weekend (and that includes “Green Lantern”!) that got NO CHEERS OR CLAPS FROM ANYONE when it was over…with good reason, in my opinion.

    BTW, the reason I rated it as “highly” as I did was purely for RDJ’s brilliant performance…


    • You should change your name….you clearly are not a master of plots.

    • Plot master…

      Unfortunately, among its other faults, the movie manages to contradict that very idea…those who have seen the film SHOULD know about which part (button) I’m speaking.

      …so NO.


        You guys don’t get it. It is ok to be disapointed. But not because the Mandarin didn’t turn out the way you had hoped. All movies made after the avengers movie that include those heroes are being intertwined. It looks like they are little chapters that will lead up to more avengers movies. You cannot have a world beating villain in an individual movie without having a reason for the rest of the Avengers not to be there to help.

        PS. I am still not sold that the Mandarin is done. His character is based on deception, right? You will never see him coming!

        PSII. If you are reading blogs about a movie before you see it, especially a super hero movie you deserve to be spoiled.

        • plot master…

          I get it. I simply think “it” is wrong…for so many reasons. My concern is not so much with the Mandarin “twist” as with the fact (imo) that this was bad movie).

          My reasons are given in the spoiler thread.

      • LMAO!!!

  15. First off. I LOVE RD Jr. He made this movie. However, This was not nearly as good as what I was hoping. Sure, I didn’t really want there to be a robot on robot end fight, that had been done twice before. But come on…

    This movie was only good because Robert Downey Jr. is a great actor and he plays Tony Stark well and lets be honest, we lobe Tony Stark. But that is it. The plot started great but soon disappointed.There was no real resolution to Tony’s “problem”. And in a world where we are not supposed to believe in magic I find it odd that those…I ‘ll just call them “THEM” exist.

    They butchered Iron man. The first film was fantastic. The second was okay and this was just milking it. I feel stupid to have spent money on this movie. My hope is that they fire whoever is responsible and reboot 3 with a public apology.

    • funny, I thought they should have committed hara-kiri after IM-II. III doesn’t apologize for II, but it does offer a story and characters that you can enjoy. Enjoy. Look it up. This is entertainment, not a documentary or fictionalized re-telling of history. Ya’ll need to get over yourselves.

      • …or we could simply expect a good movie.

  16. Very much a let down. The trailers made it look like it was going to be a knock down, drag out serious movie. Instead we get Tony’s crazy hijinks in Tenessee with his boy sidekick and Mandarin the buffoon.

    Turning Ben Kingsley’s character into a comedic device is insulting.

    I sincerely hope Shane Black is not invited back to direct any more Marvel movies.

    I see the words “disappointed” and “underwhelmed” used a lot to describe the reactions to the movie.

    I choose “irked”.

  17. i thought it was certainly better than IM2 but with that said i felt really disappointing with absolutely wasting Ben Kingsley like they did he could of been one of the best CBM villains yet and that’s how they decided to go, it was pretty pathetic IMO. I like Guy Peirce a lot hes a good actor but his character was tired and recycled with no real new edge to him. their were some funny parts but nothing to spectacular, all in all i liked that they tried to make it more personable but ultimately missed the mark, they could of done so much more with it. i’ll give it a B

    • *disappointed

  18. it wasn’t what i was expecting considering that it is the film right after an action packed The Avengers film. Nevertheless, it only shocked me because I never thought that it was possible that they could achieve the “comic” to “movie” translation because it is what it felt for me. Like i was watching the comic book come alive instead of a third movie about Iron Man. It’s focus are thrown off and mostly all over the place but RDJ kept it together and Tony Stark’s vulnerability is a welcome change in what is dangerously becoming a boring tirade of RDJ’s Stark snarks.

  19. Not all of us were fortunate enough to have grown up with the comics, so I relied on the films to develop my interest in the Iron Man story.

    I enjoyed seeing Tony Stark fall apart at the seams (in a good way). I think it was important to see that he can’t rely on his armor all the time. RDJ did a fantastic job (as usual). Black did a great job “making it his own” which is something I don’t think anyone should actually do. Iron Man is public domain (in a way). Other than that, I really enjoyed it—except the theater was full of a bunch of little kids who never shut up, and a preview for the third Hangover movie came on. Awkward…

  20. Wow I can’t believe how bad it was. Seriously disappointed.

  21. Overall this movie was fantastic to me I loved it very much the only thing that pissed me off and I think pissed everyone else off is what they did with the Mandarin I feel like in the trailers he looked like a mega universal villain like Castro or Bin Laden and was going to e awesome half the reason I wanted to see the movie was because of him and when I find out he’s a lame stupid actor I was very dissapointed every single scene he was in after wards I hated. I was just watching a review on the movie on you tube by Jeremy jahns (he’s great I highly recommend him for a good review on a movie) and he suggested that if they had someone else as the mandarin like what they did with ras al ghoul in batman begins people probably would have been fine with it, I think that maybe if they showed more of Killian in the trailers it could have been easier for fans to accept, I loved guy Pearce in the movie very much I fel he was a great villain for Tony but still no mandarin bummer. I felt like they could have got rid of the mandarin for the movie and focused more on Maya Hansen and Tony because I felt they needed more chemistry. Overall the movie was great but would be as good as the first one if not for what happened with the mandarin.

  22. Why do people post ‘spoilers’ in a review thread? Lol

  23. WOW ! I never felt so disappointed in one film, not only MANDARIN was a joke, how about Eric Savin supposed to be a henchmen with his own weapons and becomes this freak with the Extremist virus which I wasn’t impress also Jack Taggert was ruined. Tony Starks like always entertaining, the plot was ok, Adrian Killians portray was on point and the after credit scene with Bruce Bannner was ok

  24. To be frank I absolutely loved IM3. However I am not an avid read the comic much. Just a couples of issue. For that matter I do understand the disappointment in a complete turnabout of Mandarin character. Then again I actually read a review from a site (Latino review I think) so I had somehow embraced for the worst. When I actually watched IM3 on 27th, I already expect this movie to be somewhat similar to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang as per what indicated in the aforementioned review…

    The story if included much of the suit would provide incoherent to Tony Stark emotional state and therefore I’ve come to a conclusion that the less frequent use of the suit as a way to go. In that manner I say Shane Black had done a damn fine job.

    However fact remains the trailers do lie…

  25. Never seen such a boring cinecomic and I hate the way they ruin the Mandarin

  26. Wow, after reading all these negative comments I’m definitely not gonna waste my money. I predicted this movie would be subpart once Shane Black, for some ungodly reason, decided to not give the Mandarin any powers. Oh well, hopefully MOS and the wolverine will save my favorite genre from having a bad year

    • probably man of steel would do it but not expected so much about wolverine, because the regist said that he want a “realistic movie”.

  27. Saw it this weekend and there is nothing and no one in this world that can convince me this was anything even close to a “good movie”….. no matter how much money it makes.

    Good as in “I’ll watch it on a Sunday and its on USA while nothing else but informercials plague the airwaves”??? Sure……. but nothing more than that- http://rmcmillen.hubpages.com/hub/Iron-Man-3-Through-The-Eyes-Of-A-Real-Fanboy

    • Hear, hear!

  28. never been a die hard marvel fan but i enjoyed the movie. i was a bit concerned when i read that tony stark would spend a significant amount of time outside of the suit but i actually think they filled that time well.

  29. Don’t understand why some of you are so intent on dissecting. After the utter disappointment of IM-II, this was a refreshing return to story-telling. Who cares if the minutia doesn’t jibe with the comic books? This was a satisfying romp. Enjoy it for what it is, not for what you judge it isn’t.

    • The minutia doesn’t really matter. The fact that it was just a bad movie…THAT matters quite a bit.

      • Oops…that should be “minutia don’t”. Consistent agreement is a good thing. :p

        • I agree,this movie was very bad.Reminded me of a bad 70′s TV Show.

      • Dont know what is wrong with all you people hating on this movie, it was great. Great story and action. Everyone clamers for something different but when they get it you complain.

        • That’s the problem…the movie was NOT great. It was crap for many reasons. What I clamor for is an interesting, well done movie. This was not.

          • Archaeon, couldn’t agree more. I am flatly flabbergasted by how terrible this movie was. (And I loved first IM flick, really liked the second.) Terrible, terrible. One star. What a disappointment. Another complete cinematic hash by folks who simply can not figure out how to take Marvel’s magisterial characters and transfer them to film in a compelling, competent and worthy manner. Honestly, I’m actually a little dazed by how bad this film was.

          • The movie wasn’t crap. But it wasn’t that good either. They made the Mandarin a joke and that IMHO backfired on the movie. Black being too ‘creative’ ? Stark’s chemistry with Pepper- Ok. Action scene’s- Ok. Stark gallivanting without his suit – A bit overdone. Extremis Pepper – Weird. Ending – rushed. But overall the movie was acceptable.

        • I loved it – It was always going t disappoint a lo of people who wanted o see Avengers 2.
          It was exciting…super effects.
          I loved Ben Kingsley….and the twist was my favourite scene in it…Kingsley & Downey really worked well together…would’ve liked to have seen them in more scenes together.