This film starts where the Avengers movie left off, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) is left feeling bereft after dealing with a ‘wormholes to another planet’ and ‘a big guy falling out of the sky with a big hammer’ (his words not mine) and is now finding incredibly hard to move on from New York. His obsessive nature means that he is increasingly hidden away in his workshop playing around with Iron Man prototypes and co-habiting in a ‘stable’ relationship with Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). Meanwhile, trouble is brewing in the form of the Mandarin (Ben Kingley) a terrorist and fanatic who is intent on teaching America a lesson and an immoral scientist Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), a science entrepeneur who is rejected by Stark originally in his youth.
The film has plenty of spectacle with some fantastic fight scenes which clearly have taken a lot of work to accomplish with some great use of CGI to make it as realistic as possible. Much so like the Dark Knight Trilogy’s character Bane, the Mandarin is characterised to be as ruthless and dark, killing at a drop of hat. The problem is the script. It is not great in the sense that the story takes a turn for the unbelievable towards the end and it is sad because the first half does have the audience hooked. Downey has been given so many punchlines that they become less and less dramatic as the film goes on and it would have been interesting to see his character develop with his new found vulnerabilities. There are some great British gags about football, Downtown Abbey and Croydon which drew laughs from the audience too, but overall the script was weak. A good effort but for all the hype it received it didn’t quite deliver when it came to the result.