By Terri Lee Sylvester

HOLLYWOOD (WWJ) – “Iron Man” is back and audiences around the world couldn’t be more excited. As of May 3rd, the third installment in the film franchise, “Iron Man 3,” is in U.S. theaters, but audiences overseas got a jump on things. Following its London premiere on April 18th, the film has been packing theaters overseas, with its opening pulling in more than $192 million in 42 markets.

“Iron Man 3” pits Iron Man/Tony Stark against a terrorist known as The Mandarin. But, in doing so, Iron Man also finds himself going up against another enemy as well, this one known as Killian (Guy Pearce). Killian’s goal is not to destroy the world, it’s to change it in a way that, of course, suits him.

The producers of “Iron Man 3” say their goal with the film was to stay true to the Iron Man franchise and continue to “subvert expectations and stereotypes.” So, be sure to keep that in mind while watching this film because there are some surprises along the way. For example, who, in their right mind, would tell the world … oops … I don’t want to give anything away! Glad I caught myself! Suffice it to say that, just like in the real world – and in Hollywood – things aren’t always what they seem.

As you can probably tell just from the trailer, there’s no shortage of action in “Iron Man 3.” The action, in fact, gets started quickly and there’s more than enough to grab action fans’ attention and keep it til the credits start to roll. And, speaking of the credits, don’t leave until AFTER they stop rolling so as not to miss anything; maybe even a teaser of things to come.

But getting back to the action, aside from that, with most feature films lasting 90 minutes, 2 hours is a long time for a movie. And, “Iron Man 3” lasts 130 minutes. Should you plunk down your hard-earned cash to see it, you ask? Since you asked, “Iron Man 3” is good, but not great. However, Robert Downey, Jr. is such a terrific actor, having another chance to watch him reprise his role as Iron Man is definitely worth the ticket price.

Fandango_FANTICIPATION_May 3_2013Note: If you’re planning to see “Iron Man 3” opening weekend, you may want to purchase your tickets before heading to the theater. According to Fandango, “Iron Man 3” is capturing 93% of the company’s advance ticket sales. The movie is also the first film to score 100 on the company’s Fanticipation scale (above), which charts movie fan buzz and excitement around the weekend box office line-up.

See you at the movies!

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