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(NECN: Erick Weber) - Buckle your seat belts because the summer movie season soars into action this weekend in an enormous way with the return of the comic book character encased in an armored suit - of course, we're talking about "Iron Man 3".
Robert Downey Jr. returns as the wise-cracking, billionaire bad boy Tony Stark - this time out to stop an Osama Bin Laden knock-off, the Mandarin, played by Ben Kinsley, from blowing up spots like the Chinese Theater in L.A. The resulting carnage may hit way too close to home in the wake of the Boston bombings.
The worlds most beautiful woman, Gwyneth Paltrow, resurrects her role as Pepper Potts, Stark's lovey dovey, who finds herself held captive by nefarious ex-flame Aldrich Killian, played by Brad-Pitt-doppelganger Guy Pierce, and Stark attempts to save his soulmate before she spontaneously combusts, Killian's preferred method of killing.
The script, co-written by director Shane Black, is a scatterbrained mess. We get Stark playing father figure to a young boy in an awkward shootout, the Mandarin character goes from menacing to amusing after a sensational build-up - and what's up with setting the thing at Christmas as we approach summer? The seasonal snafu throws things that much more out of whack.
The thrill is gone and frankly, I could care less if we see Stark suit up for a fourth installment if this is the best the franchise has to offer. "Iron Man 3" flounders with a Final Cut score of 73 percent.
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