In this movie, the events of the attack on New York City in the previous Avenger’s Movie has left Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) a completely changed man. Now saddled with a severe case of insomnia and post traumatic stress disorder, Tony spends his sleepless nights the only way he knows how – coming up with new prototypes for the Iron Man suit. But now new events require that Tony suit up again. A villainous mad man known only as The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) has staged a horrible attack on the Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, and is coming for Tony. An angry Tony wants to confront The Mandarin face to face, who proceeds to stage an attack on Tony’s Malibu mansion and leaves him with absolutely nothing – no Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), no toys except for a defunct Iron Man prototype called the MK42, and he’s stranded in the middle of Tennessee. Tony believes the attack on the Chinese Theater and an attack on a small town in Tennessee are related. As he puts the pieces together and tries to get the MK42 working, he discovers that an old admirer Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) is actually a more sinister force at work, greater than the Mandarin himself. With the help of Colonel James Rhodes, AKA the Iron Patriot formerly known as War Machine, (Don Cheadle) Iron Man uses all his smarts and forces to defeat Aldrich and his Extremis Army.
What I liked: The action scenes in this film were excellent. The best parts were when Tony Starks would summon the body parts of his suit, as they would fly, stick and meld onto his body. The Iron Patriot suit was also very cool. I liked it better than the grey war machine body suit. Robert Downey Jr. did a great job showing the post traumatic stress disorder he is now suffering with after the events of the Avengers movie. However, he still had his very funny and witty humour. I loved the interactions he had with Harley Keener, the Tennessee kid who was helping his out. Guy Pearce was also very good, first as the nerdy, insecure version of Aldrich Killian, and then as the suave, super confident version.
What I didn`t like: The Extremis story line was kind of confusing. They didn`t really explain how this worked or what Extremis really was. All we knew was that it originated from a plant and that it caused your limbs to grow back and it made your eyes and skin glow yellow. The Manderin story line was also a bit silly. SPOILER ALERT: It was cool how they revealed that the Manderin was just an actor pretending to be a terrorist. But they when the actor was starting to act all goofy, it got a bit to far fetched.
Overall, I would give this movie 8.5/10 stars. Definitely check it out! Happy Viewing