The summer blockbuster season begins for real today, with Robert Downey Jr. and a red-and-gold suit leading the charge.
"Iron Man 3" returns both Downey's Tony Stark and his armor-clad superhero persona, and it turns out it's the first one we missed the most. Stark finds himself reeling after a nasty terrorist, The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), attacks Stark's Malibu house. Stark must rebuild, regroup, and track down the truth behind his shadowy new nemesis. Director/co-writer Shane Black knows Downey's rhythms well (Black's first directorial effort was "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang"), and only falters as the demands of a mega-sized action movie impose themselves on the movie.
The rest of Hollywood is giving "Iron Man 3" a wide berth this weekend, so the only other films opening are on the art-house slate.