Iron Man 3

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -4

Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley. Fantasy Adventure. Written by Drew Pearce & Shane Black. Directed by Shane Black.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Marvelís Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemyís hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

PREVIEW REVIEW: The studio and filmmakers have to ignore the recent Boston bombings, because their film also has a public act of terrorism, with tourists being blown up at Hollywoodís famed Chinese Theater. Bad timing, but acts of villainy canít prevent the opening of a studio-needed potential blockbuster. There are other incidents in the film that also cause us to sit uncomfortably, as we digest acts of terrorism in the name of entertainment.

Understand, such deeds against our country should be examined by the different media, but should acts of violence against our nationís citizens merely be used as fodder for our entertainment?

I also noticed that the actor playing the President of the United States was a white man (very white, plump and white). For five years now, weíve had a black man as our countryís leader. So, why have recent films portrayed our fearless leader as a white man? Well, the Prez in this movie is a friend to the oil industry. In other words, heís not so innocent. The producers must have feared that a black man playing the President might be perceived as a negative reflection of the Big O. Now, can you imagine the land of Hollywood presenting President Obama in a bad light? Thatís not going to happen. Not because heís a black man so much, as the fact that heís a Democrat. Hollywood portraying a Democrat in a bad light? Thatíll be the day. Now, Iím not being political. Iím just pointing out that Hollywood always is.

I freely admit that my perception of this film has more to do with our cultural leanings than the movie itself. The protagonist is conflicted and has life lessons to learn. The villain is a cartoon who bests the good guys right up until the closing credits. And three-fourths of the film is loud and explosive. So, can you blame me for getting bored with the same old same old? Amid the tedium, I began to look around at my fellow cinema captives.

This brings me to the amount of children in attendance. Since the content of the comic book superhero action thriller is no surprise by now, Iím assuming parents donít think thereís a problem with taking little ones to very violent films. A steady diet of screen rampage and savagery canít possibly hurt their psyche, right? And the bombardment of carnage in every entertainment medium couldnít possibly lend to the condition of our culture, right?

Well, back to the movie, itself. I was a fan of the first Iron Man. Aside from the usual amount of copious calamity, I found that story, the characters and the writing in general to be witty and engaging. It was a mesmerizing action adventure as well as a morality tale. Whereas, whatever lessons Iron Man 3 attempts are swallowed up in the excessive brutality and by the blatant blabbering of the filmís villainous brutes.

Itís all action, and the special effects are eye-catching. What more could the movie-going public want from a screen adaptation of a comic book about superheroes? Because the film industry meets with financial success by doing the same thing with their superhero movies, except for changing the color of the leadís cape, I again assume we moviegoers want nothing new Ė except for more of the same.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Paramount Pictures

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: A couple of crude sexual remarks.

Obscene Language: Three or four obscenities and a few minor expletives, some spoken by a boy.

Profanity: One profane use of Godís name by the villain and one misuse of Jesusí name by a hooker.

Violence: Jolting and frequent acts of violence, including beatings, shootings and other incidents ending in loud kabooms.

Sex: Some sensuality and ladies dressed as hookers.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Some drinking.

Other: None

Running Time: 120 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and up

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