***THIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED HERE FOR THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS ON APRIL 24TH, 2013***
Director: Shane Black.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Don Cheadle, Rebecca Hall, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Ty Simpkins, Jon Favreau, William Sadler, Stephanie Szostak, Paul Bettany (voice).
Running Time: 130 minutes.
Synopsis: When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) finds his world challenged by a terrorist simply known as the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), he embarks on a mission to protect those he loves, no matter the cost.
After Joss Whedon set the Marvel bar to dizzy, Asgardian heights, Shane Black’s first venture into the superhero realm was always primed for comparison. With the director’s second feature with Robert Downey Jr. to be viewed as the fourth part of Tony Stark’s metallic journey and a direct response to how, “Nothing’s been the same since New York,” many will feel it suffers for not necessarily belonging to the IRON MAN canon. But the decision to honour its central story instead of competing with its bigger, brassier AVENGERS predecessor makes it a surprisingly personal tale about the testing of our favourite mechanic’s mettle. Continue reading
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And so here starts Awards season.
Admit it, we all felt it looming. From the minute Tinker Tailor came out complete with best of British, we were all secretly wondering who’d be up for the big ones come January 2012. Who would be the one chosen for Best Supporting – Hardy or Cumberbatch? Or neither? Would Gary Oldman finally get his horrifically overdue nomination? But many of us have been quietly making our Academy Award predictions for months now. For those that saw Drive back in August, what of Albert Brooks? That same month, Warrior gave us a possibility in the form of Nick Nolte. And now with trailers for War Horse, Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close, The Descendants, J. Edgar, My Week With Marilyn, Coriolanus and Albert Nobbs etc, etc, etc, coming in thick and fast, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel a little giddy with excitement – and the potential bragging rights that come with guessing the most winners correctly. Continue reading
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