Jing: ‘Iron Man 3’ features great action, lacking plot

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I’m a comic book fan. Iron Man is a pretty cool hero — not one of my all-time favorites, but he’s pretty sweet.

I was psyched for “Iron Man 3” to come out, because while 1 and 2 did not blow me away like “The Dark Knight Rises” or “The Avengers,” they are still highly entertaining — incredible visually, great battle scenes, packed with hilarious one liners.

I am a big fan of the Marvel Universe and I love that we’re seeing more of these movies, exposing our current youth to some of the greatest super heroes of all time. But many of these movies’ plots have just been “meh” to me. And the newest Iron Man plot was the same.

I don’t know if the writers get overly ambitious and they think up these great ideas that just fall short on camera, or if sometimes the focus becomes too much on explosive fight scenes and mind-blowing graphics, but I’ve only seen a couple of these comic book movies that are truly the whole package.

“Iron Man 3” will dazzle you with some very impressive action scenes, but I felt like it had the potential to be a great movie. Robert Downey Jr is a fabulous actor and he’s basically Tony Stark in every way. Don Cheadle as Colonel Rhoades and Gwenyth as Pepper Potts — also perfection. And for this film, we had Mandarin, one of the best villains of all time, The arch nemesis of Iron Man, being played by the fabulous Sir Ben Kingsley.

It should’ve been fantastic! But it wasn’t. I did not like what they did with Kingsley’s character. Without spoiling anything, it was lame.

I’ll be honest, I think they just took too much on in this flick. Iron Man has to battle Mandarin, these super humans and then there’s a surprise twist and you have another villain step in. While that’s all going on, Iron Man has relationship problems with Pepper Potts and Rhoadey because he’s dealing with some combination of OCD, PTSD, anxiety and insomnia.

It just got complicated and the story became shallow; it could not develop any of these plot points fully or effectively.

So the plot didn’t do it for me. But don’t get me wrong, if you’re a comic book fan or an Iron Man fan, go check it out. Downey is solid as always — funny and witty; great actor. There are some breathtaking fights that have unbelievable graphics and stunts that stun.

It’s just not great. It’s good.

So before you put down the $10 to see this movie, just make sure you’re ready for that.

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