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Is Robert Downey Jr. sick of 'Iron Man'?

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Black’s action sequences certainly pop, even if his edit choices sometimes fall short. Though it takes a little while for Iron Man 3 to get into fighting mode, when the punches hit they connect with panache. Stark's cliffside mansion is spectacularly blown to smithereens, the villain's attack on Air Force One delivers a heart-pounding mid-air rescue, and the shipyard finale with a phalanx of remote-controlled Iron Men impresses... at least for the first few moments.

But there's never a real sense of drama. Everything is so frantically paced that there's little in the way of emotional connection or development, just sketchy affectations. Characters and personal conflicts are introduced almost as fast as they are discarded.

Though he spends the majority of the movie outside his iron suit, Tony Stark is just a shell of a three-dimensional human being, never building on Jon Favreau's vision of a bitterly funny reformed war profiteer in the original Iron Man. That may be why Downey reportedly skipped the improvisations this time out and just stuck to the script. Why bother, if his character ends up being just another empty suit?

Iron Man 3

Dir. Shane Black; writ. Drew Pearce, Shane Black, Stan Lee, Don Heck, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby; feat. Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle (PG-13)

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