As a writer, it is a regular expectation to keep to a strict word count. Every time you pick up a magazine, articles can be a small 100-word write-up or a 1000-word review. My own notes for the many films seen are always over 100 words – so this is a new feature that will focus on reviewing films in a concise 100 words.
Iron Man 3 (Dir. Shane Black/2013)
Robert Downey Jr returns as Tony Stark in the seventh Avengers instalment – and the third in the Iron Man series. Iron Man 3 seems to pack a punch and carry a change in tone to the Phase 1 ‘Avengers’ canon as Stark is self-reflective and the film carries a subtle political relevance – via a memorable Ben Kingsley (harking back to the original Iron Man). Unfortunately, like many Marvel films, we know it’s just explosions, OTT CGI and a smell of arrogance. The child-inside will be gratified – but adults won’t be. In the age of Christopher Nolan, we expect better.