After the superhero mania that surrounded critically acclaimed blockbuster ‘Avengers Assemble,’ it was only natural that children (and parents) alike would be dying for another instalment of ‘good guy versus bad guy’ movie action.
Iron Man 3 (12A) is descending into cinemas with an almighty crash shortly, featuring more suits, wall smashing and wise cracks from billionaire industrialist Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) than ever before.
The epic Marvel return opens with extrovert Stark living the dream in his future-tech cliff top pad with the loveable Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and a rather large fluffy bunny, but all is not as it seems.
After the previous mammoth triumph of defeating Asgard God Loki, his army of aliens and narrowly avoiding death by a giant space wormhole, it seems our usually wise-cracking, slightly cocky leading man is troubled by the memories of what he faced.
Obsessing over a whole host of new and improved iron men (yes, we said men – there are now 42 suits) in a bid to be ready for the next alien attack, Tony is the ‘fallen hero’, unmasked and mortal, suffering crushing panic attacks and struggling to sleep.
Meanwhile, as in all good superhero movies, a new evil is brewing, ready to trigger a whole chain of new and horrific events. A terrifying middle-eastern terrorist, Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), is taking to the airwaves to gloat over his various explosions and attacks on US soil.
As expected, and a little like The Dark Knight Rises, Tony fails at protecting his home and is forced to rediscover himself as ‘a mechanic’ and what Iron Man stands for in a cold, desolate village with the help of a young boy.
Although it takes a while to get there, the moment Tony comes face-to-face with Mandarin, the leader of this ruthless global terrorist group, audiences will surprisingly go wild with laughter, but you’ll have to watch the movie to find out why.
Although it may lack the grit and realism of say Christopher Nolan’s epic Batman trilogy, this movie certainly packs a punch and has given us a taste for the epic action that may be in stall for the Avengers sequel in 2015.
What really stands out from the epic tale is that as well as a strong plot, comedic moments both parents and children can enjoy, and a whole host of flame breathing baddies, Iron Man is quite the awe-inspiring hero.
Iron Man is in cinemas from 25 April with the classification 12A (ie children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult). There is no swearing, nudity or sex, nothing too violent or scary, just lots of good old-fashioned superhero fun. And, of course, Robert Downey Jr!
Watch the trailer here.
If your child wants to dress up like his hero, why not treat him to Disney’s kids Iron Man costume (£20) and Stark-themed skateboard (£12.50).
Director: Shane Black