“Iron Man 3” is an embarrassment of riches, raising the stakes for future superhero films – Marvel, DC, or otherwise. Rather than being tied down by self-seriousness, the film uses that weightiness to free itself. By not belaboring Tony Stark as a broken, moody hero and instead using his story as a backdrop, the pic’s energy never dips, allowing for a nonstop barrage of verbal and visual fireworks. It’s certainly not the film people are expecting, but I loved it for that. Its absolute refusal to fit inside any kind of box is what makes “Iron Man 3” so exciting, and I can only hope that other filmmakers take note of its freewheeling enthusiasm. This is how you kick off the summer movie season.
Rating: ★★★★ 1/2 out of ★★★★★ (Excellent)
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