Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

It's strange, the way this film contains both what is really great about the Iron Man/Marvel films and what is great about Shane Black movies. If you've ever listened to Shane Black talk, he's hilariously self-conscious and tentatively confident. That is this movie. You will have to give yourself up to the movie if you're going to enjoy it...and I saw the movie with two people who weren't entirely sure they enjoyed it and struggled a bit during and after the movie. But for me it was a fantastic experiment of Marvel giving a writer who has a distinctive voice, the cinematic keys to their premiere franchise and letting him run with it. It was thrilling, funny and flirts with brilliance even when it is weighted down by unclear plotting and the needs of transitioning from "Marvel phase one" to "Marvel phase two" and all the other bullshit involved in hooking an audience into a multi-film commitment.