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Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

USA 2013 - mit Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rebecca Hall, Don Cheadle ...

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Originaltitel:Iron Man 3
Genre:Action, Fantasy
Regie:Shane Black
Produktionsland:USA 2013
Laufzeit:Ca. 131 min.
FSK:From 12 years
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After saving New York and the rest of the world from an alien invasion together with the other "Avengers" and even being willing to sacrifice his own life for it, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) alias "Iron Man" hardly has time to rest. As the first of the "Avengers", he now has to plunge into his own latest cinematic adventure. The events in New York and his short visit beyond the wormhole have left clear traces on Stark. Again and again the otherwise so cool and self-confident eccentric is plagued by anxiety attacks, which he soon can't hide from his girlfriend Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow). The fact that Aldrich Kilian (Guy Pearce), a confidant from Pepper's past, still seems to be interested in her, is not exactly helpful. But soon Tony Stark has completely different problems. In front of running cameras he provokes the worldwide wanted terrorist Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), who then starts a destructive attack against Iron Man. Suddenly Stark finds himself completely on his own facing a sheer overpowering enemy, unaware that things are completely different than they seem…

After two films on the director's chair, Jon Favreau has given this place to Shane Black in "Iron Man 3" and is content with the role as supporting actor and producer. This decision proves to be the best thing that could have happened to this franchise. Not that Favreau's first two movies were bad. But Shane Black brings the fresh wind into the "Iron Man" series, which she urgently needed after the enormous success of the "Avengers". Black is not only a good author, who with his work for "Lethal Weapon" has completely redefined the genre of buddy cop movies and left a lasting impression on them. He also rediscovered the coolness of Robert Downey Jr. as the director of the wonderful crime comedy and revived his career he believed to be dead. Whether in the comedic or the more dramatic moments, Shane Black's script and staging always make perfect use of the star's strengths. This becomes especially clear in the scenes between Stark and little Harley (Ty Simpkins). These moments could easily have been kitschy or too cute. But Blacks very special humor, which Downey Jr. perfectly implements, makes these scenes a very special highlight of the movie.

However, one actually manages to steal Robert Downey Jr.'s show: Ben Kinsgley. He's a mysterious terrorist, Mandarin, just great. At first he seems a little strange and exaggerated. But then a revelation follows, which lets his performance appear in a completely new light and makes him the best figure of this part next to Tony Stark. But also Guy Pearce, who first has to appear with nasty glasses and even nastier hairstyle before he can be more attractive, but also wonderfully greasy and shady, enriches the world of "Iron Man" very positively.

The story itself is, of course, absolutely outrageous and far from any reality. However, this should not be evaluated negatively, as this is a comic film adaptation. Quite the opposite: after the "Avengers" have brought aliens and other dimensions into play, it is only logical that fantastic elements are now more pronounced here as well. And the fact that the development of the characters wasn't forgotten and that side characters like Pepper, Stark's former bodyguard Happy Hogan or his buddy James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) are given a bit more space is just another strength of this very good movie on almost all levels.

Action and special effects don't miss out either, of course. Black makes it crack and crack again and again, and not only the CGI effects, but also the sound design are really great. However, it is always prevented that the whole thing degenerates into a pure effectorgie. Apart from the somewhat exaggerated finale, the action-heavy moments and the calmer scenes, which are determined by humor or character development, are pleasantly balanced. So you are never completely crushed by the action, but you never run the risk of getting bored.

Only the 3D effect, which is hardly recognizable in about 90% of the movie and only has the effect of darkening the picture unnecessarily, has to be noticed negatively. The few moments in which the image gains depth or obvious 3D effects are visible do not justify the more expensive surcharge for a 3D performance. Those who have the choice can confidently do without the 3D glasses, because here you won't miss anything spectacular if you choose the 2D version.

"Iron Man 3" is the perfect start in "Phase 2" of the "Avengers" solo films. The fan is offered an in no second boring mixture of furious action, biting humor and fantastic suspense, which with great actors, great effects and some real surprises offers best popcorn entertainment, which is continued even after the credits with a very amusing additional scene. Without question the best part of the series and a more than worthy "Avengers" successor. And therefore also applies: Absolutely worth seeing!

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