Iron Man 3, with Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle & Gwyneth Paltrow. Director, Shane Black. Formulaic movies aren’t something that I mind, all that much. I’ve used the phrase “known quantity” previously. Not everything has to be a surprise. New or original. But please, the old comic book plot-lines about total personal collapse & rebirth? Come on. Are the producers forgetting that their audience includes veteran graphic novel connoisseurs; as well as normal folk? Still – “used up” sort of qualifies as familiar. It’s not failure. The film has a cute kid & goes easy on the smooches. Remembering that the director is trying to relate & stay true to the original Iron Man themes; allows us to forgive accidental & wholly unpleasant pieces of stories. Already inherent in the stories of Batman, on down.
It’s difficult to have an opinion on Downey. Someone with a prodigy’s attitude, who puts his all into performance, is hard to gauge. I would say he does well. What do I know? If lines are spoken & I don’t second guess how something should be said or done – then it’s a success. He always has a natural style, in my book. At least, he’s a perfectionist. I like that quality in a human. Whether it’s notable or exciting, is another matter entirely & totally dependent on a viewers perspective & taste. He’s not a favorite actor, of mine. But that doesn’t mean he’s not excellent.
My beef with the film is Paltrow. Again, she comes across as smug & entitled. Typical of her ilk. Which I won’t go on about. Her character matches her person. Supercilious & superfluous. Capable of playing only the au current. Not much beyond that. A passable performance for a standard personality. Common, but beautiful.
Cheadle stands out as the real star; with emotion, albeit in a limited role.
I do recommend this film, as an adequate & official beginning to the blockbuster season. When all is said & done, Downey is a great entertainer & immerses himself into the role. It is his way.