Wheeeeeeeee! Loved it! Saw Iron Man 3 over a week ago but haven't found a moment to finish up the draft, but hey! American Idol is on the TV - time to scram and seek shelter with my tech (Ooooo just wait for the update...). The Married One saw it & loved it too, so I'm in good company.
That out of the way - I don't actually want to write much. The SPOILER-giving potential is tremendous and I would hate to ruin it for anyone.
Broadly - I loved how they managed to give Tony and Peppers relationship a bit of screen time, and showing Tony vulnerable was a nice change for the unreally-confident hero. There is a completely sublime bit where Tony is dancing up on his Iron-Man-Assemble! stage that made me want to spontaneously clap. RDJ is all kinds of amazing. I doubt anyone else could lend such élan to a metallic suit.
There are some brill one-liners. "...kiss the mouth slit?" and some epic opportunities for Pepper, though they are short lived and not utilised to what could be her full potential. She does end up *SPOILER* saving Tony's butt at the end, which was brilliant, but then he goes ahead and takes away what could have been the beginning of her own superpower (speaking of - if what makes Tony a Super Hero is his intelligence and subsequent ability to build the suit - why didn't he ever whip up one for Pepper?! Give her some of those snazzy bracelets he used in Avengers, and have her safer that way. Give/teach a man a/to fish type of thing, yeah?!
At the end we see Tony implement 'clean slate' which basically blows up every single suit he had secretly made in his sub-sub-basement...that we never knew about. A whole bunch of suits that can intelligently fight and self-pilot without Tony controlling them, but can still be worn as suits...I suspect either some massive advancement in AI, or Tony was supposedly controlling them all and ended up with the migraine to spawn all migraines.
Anyway - this whole explode-everything thing sucks, especially when he goes ahead with his new-found knowledge and fixes his little shrapnel problem as well. So - Tony Stark no longer has a heart?! (since Pepper made the trophy in the first movie...ok, never mind).
Despite these potentially heartbreaking hints towards an Iron Man-less future, the movie closes out with Tony proclaiming "I am Iron Man", so there is hope.
There are some sublime twists and heaps of stuff that was never hinted at in the trailers - which is a super welcome change. Its always a letdown when all the good bits are known before you even go into the theatre.
The little cookie-scene after the credits was very cute. Poor Bruce; "I'm not that sort of Doctor". Actually - an apt illustration of each of their personalities in that wee scene alone. I'd like to think that Bruce did indeed spend some time fiddling about in Tony's labs 'after New York'.
4.9 out of 5 (where: 1=actively burning it, 2=waste of time, 3=don't regret having seen it, but... 4=good movie, recommended, 5=blewmymindwhyhaven'tyouseenityetI'vegottoseeitagaintalktoyoulater).
I just so hesitant to give full marks to anything these days, I can think of ways it could be improved, but I also definitely will pay to see it again at the cinema...