The Final Cut: 'Iron Man 3'

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May 2, 2013, 10:21 pm
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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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Tags: Robert Downey Jr, Erick Weber, Iron Man 3, Tony Stark, Ben Kinsley, Gwyneth Paltro, Guy Pierce
It was many moons ago in a darkened theater that my love of cinema took root as I snuck in to see my first R-rated film, Blade Runner. The futuristic vision that Ridley Scott unleashed on the screen was simply soul-expanding — spiritual even. From that moment, my mission to have that kind of magic strike again began in earnest. My hope is to be able to shine a light on films that may just have that kind of effect on you — films that may be lesser known, but not lesser in impact. 
- Erick Weber

Final Cut Scoring System
99-95% Opening night
94-90% Opening weekend
89-86% In theaters
85-83% On Demand
82-80% Netflix/Redbox
79-75% If desperate
74-70% If dozing off
69-65% If intoxicated
64-60% If comatose
Below 60% If brain dead

Erick's reviews
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