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An infinite number of explosions gets you only so far.

May 20, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 34 • By JOHN PODHORETZ
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People come to Iron Man 3 because they are now well trained to do so, and because, when they hear that Downey is playing Tony Stark again, they’re pretty sure they’re going to have a good time. It does not seem likely that they, or anybody else, would have the slightest interest in the film for any other reason—although there’s a decent twist in the third act, regarding the true identity of the villain, that leads to an amazing scene featuring the great Ben Kingsley.

It’s a character bit. People will want to see it again. The explosions they’ve seen already.

John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary, is The Weekly Standard’s movie critic.

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