Going back to basics

Iron Man 3 featuring Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man. PA Photo/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
Iron Man 3 featuring Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man. PA Photo/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Now there’s a hint of sunshine in our lives, we can actually contemplate the arrival of summer and in the cinematic terms that means the blockbusters are coming.

One of the early ones out of the block is Iron Man 3 in which Robert Downey Jr returns as the billionaire-inventor-superhero Tony Stark, aka Iron Man.

Directed and co-written by Shane Black, it’s a real romp of a movie.

This time, the film-makers have gone for a back-to-basics feel in which Stark is forced to find a way back to being a superhero when all his money and toys are stripped away.

Technically it’s a sequel to two films, Iron Man 2 and last summer’s The Avengers.

Stark hasn’t coped so well in the aftermath of these events and we find him a nervy insomniac prone to panic attacks. He does at least have his former assistant-turned-CEO Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) on hand to soothe him as the pair have moved in together.

It’s not long, though, before their domestic bliss is thwarted by a two-pronged attack - the arrival of biologically advanced super-powered humans and the mysterious figurehead of a terror group known as The Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley).

The special effects are faultless and deserve to be seen in 3D, while Iron Man’s suit, which appears like swarm of bees and attaches itself piece by piece to Stark, adds extra interest.