Went to see this with my family and our friends C, M and H at the Showcase today. As big fans of Marvel (and the Iron Man franchise) we were all very much looking forward to the movie and we were not disappointed.
Robert Downey Junior (Sherlock Holmes, Road Trip) as Tony Stark was excellent as usual, with his egotistical brilliance tested to the limit following his recent Avengers experience. His human side is shown to full effect when he suffers panic attacks thanks to his PTSD gained through learning about Gods and aliens in New York. He is struggling to sleep and uses this 'down-time' to perfect his iron man suits, whilst his friend James Rhodes (Don Cheadle, best known for the brilliant Hotel Rwanda) has an upgraded suit of his own (War Machine is upgraded to Iron Patriot). But Stark's arrogance goes too far when he threatens formidable terrorist Mandarin and he puts not just his own life, but those closest to him at risk.
Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow - Seven, Sliding Doors) plays a bigger role in this movie than is usual, as does Stark's 'bodyguard' Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) and Ty Simpkins (Insidious, Revolutionary Road) as Harley lends the film a lovely touch. Guy Pearce (The Hurt Locker, L. A. Confidential) is unsettling as Aldrich Killian and I loved his little nod to Stark's fellow Avenger.
The humour excels itself in this movie, with more than one cheesy line, but Ben Kingsley in an unexpected twist steals the show.
9/10 Stay until the end of the credits.