Iron Man 3 ★★★½

Finished IRON MAN 3 for the Phase II rewatch. Again, I feel like the first two-thirds are among the best Marvel has done, then it becomes a whole other movie that could have been directed by Michael Bay for the ratio between 'splosions and emotional stakes it maintains. Still, that second act is fantastic fun; I just wish whoever made the decision to go with the clichéd action climax would have had the guts to stick to the heart of this particular story and keep it small and intimate.

I also still absolutely love the twist. Taking a pretty irredeemably racist villains from the comics and using him to critique racist representations of non-Western villainy was a brilliant and unexpectedly bold move.