3 stars (out of 4)
I went into this without seeing IRON MAN 2. Fortunately, I had seen THE AVENGERS last year. Viewing the THE AVENGERS should be considered a prerequisite for this film, as there are many references to a traumatic event that happened in New York in the past that the audience is assumed to have knowledge of.
What I liked especially about this current installment of IRON MAN was the really creative use of the mechanical suits. Let’s face it, watching a super hero fighting in a faceless power suit can get old after a while. Therefore, I enjoyed seeing that the suit could be used fully or partially, defensively or offensively; pretty much every imaginable permutation was on display.
My only half-joking complaint is that this movie may be offensive to US presidents and vice presidents. I could understand if Mr. President was not physically strong or athletic, but he should have seemed a little bright, at least. Here, he was depicted as nothing more than a damsel in distress; he was not afforded even one smart line of dialogue. For other reasons, I also found the actions of the vice president to be unbelievable…