Directed by Shane Black
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley
This movie followed the huge success of The Avengers film. The movie had a lot of promise and at the beginning it was great but the plot twist did not work for me.
The movie starts with a flashback where Tony meets an aspiring scientist Aldrich Killian who invites Tony to work on Extremis, a formula that regenerates crippling injuries. Tony rejects in an arrogant manner and humiliates him. In the present, there is a terrorist known as The Mandarin that is bombing different locations and Iron Man challenges him and gives him the address of his house. After being attacked Tony escapes but lands in California without a suit so he can’t return. He then discovers there is a relation between the bombings and Extremis. Iron Man with help of War Machine goes after Aldrich who has Pepper captured. With the help of Pepper, Aldrich is defeated. After that, Tony destroys all his suits.
This movie, in my opinion, is one of the few Marvel movies that let me down. As a fan of the comics, the Mandarin is a powerful villain. I did not like the plot twist that it was an actor pretending to be the Mandarin and it was the scientist using that to hide what he was doing. For it was a waste of having Ben Kingsley in the film, sure it was funny, but it completely ruined the movie for me. The other factor is that it focuses more on Tony, so Iron Man does not appear a lot.
The movie is not bad, I just think the Mandarin should have been used better. What I liked about the movie was the last battle sequence where all the suits fight at the same time.