Iron Man 3 Movie Blurb by Shale May 3, 2013 This was my must see movie this weekend and after flooding thunderstorms yesterday afternoon with a prediction of more today from this weather system, I vowed that I would wrap myself in plastic and bike to the Cinema to see this movie. Well, Thor must've rewarded my valor for today was a blue-sky, sunny bike ride to this third installment of the Iron Man series. (Fourth if you consider The Avengers, which was often referenced in this movie.) This movie starts with a backstory in 1999 where Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) relates how he created his own demons without realizing it. This was before the cave in Afghanistan and before the Avengers fought the extra-terrestrials from another dimension. This was the Tony Stark who found himself in bed with a beautiful botanist, Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall) while also snubbing a crippled organizer Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) who wanted them to join his research company Advanced Idea Mechanics. Then we are back in the present, where Tony is living with Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) in their Malibu home on the cliff. Iron Man & Pepper Pots Tony may have PTSD from the event in NY with the Avengers and is now suffering insomnia and anxiety attacks. While he is up all night he is still improving his suit where he can get into it better than the briefcase in movie #2. Also, (perhaps inspired by Ivan Vanko in that movie) he is making remote controlled drone Iron Man suits. Tony with Remote Iron Man There is a terrorist called The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) who is murdering innocents and bombing targets to the point that Tony Stark challenges him on the news. Which starts the first action scene as Tony's beautiful house is attacked by helicopters with missiles and totally destroyed, nearly killing him and Pepper. Mandarin While Tony is believed dead he manages to escape with one prototype suit to Tennessee where he gets help from Harley, a precocious 10-year-old boy much like himself and manages to get back into the fight with a rebooted Jarvis and a repaired suit. From there we see all the things expected in an action flick, with Iron Man and his Air Force buddy, Col. Rhodes (Don Cheadle) now wearing a red, white & blue "Iron Patriot" suit team up to take down the terrorists. Pepper also gets more of a physical role in this battle. Iron Man & Jarvis-Operated Drones I found this movie as delightful and fun as the other two, but I am in love with the ever so charming, buff and handsome Robert Downey Jr., so I have a definite bias. However, I'm not selling this movie, just letting the ppl who are like me know that I liked it. They will go see it (if they haven't already) no matter what any reviewer writes about it. In fact I will likely be seeing it again in theater at least one more time, maybe more before getting the DVD. This movie is free-standing, with no setup for a sequel. I even sat thru about 10 minutes of end credits to see what the little teaser scene would reveal and it does not indicate anything of a sequel, just Tony Stark and Dr. Bruce Banner talking, which could allude to another Avengers movie. But, there was a final line that said "Tony Stark will return." Can hardly wait.