Once again Marvel brings another epic tale of everyone’s favorite superhero with Iron Man 3. Being the third and possibly final movie of the franchise with Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark at the helm, if true, Marvel wraps up the Iron Man series nicely in a fun, family-friendly, and full of action storyline. There are high expectations for this film to do well as the first Iron Man movie, directed by Jon Favreau made over $585 million worldwide and the sequel made over $623 million worldwide, to say the pressure is on for this movie to win the box office is an understatement.
Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a terrorist called the Mandarin. He is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and gut instinct to protect his loved ones. Stark starts a journey of rebuilding and retribution and looks to answer the internal question, does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
What I Liked About It;
I have to admit I loved the opening sequence with going all the way back to 1999 and watching Robert Downey Jr. play a drunk Tony Stark with the cheesy 90’s pop playing in the background. It almost felt like Y2K all over again. His ability to transform into Tony Stark is seamless as he truly embodies the character. This the first movie in the trilogy where we really see this character with internal turmoil. Sure you could argue the first movie was filled with internal turmoil but in this movie, Downey flawlessly shows Stark struggling to answer if he or the suit more important and that is evident through most of the movie.
It was also great to see Gwyneth Paltrow take a bigger role in this one. Marvel did a nice job of setting her character up in the past movies that she has been in. Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley also gave an amazing performance as the Mandarin. Let’s just say you won’t forget it.
I will give Shane Black the credit where credit is due with this being his first real mainstream blockbuster movie as a director. His past work as a screenwriter for movies like Last Action Hero, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and the Lethal Weapon trilogy was always solid if not amazing work with story and character.
What I Think Didn’t Work;
I wasn’t impressed with the glow in the dark fire villains as they came across as just throwaway characters and while I love Guy Pearce as an actor, I didn’t like his performance in this movie. His portrayal as Aldrich Killian came off as more goofy than villainous. Also adding the kid element with Stark befriending a kid, I don’t love it but I don’t hate it. It came more off like the studio wanted to be able to market the movie towards kids.
This movie is well worth your time and money. I would highly recommend you see Iron Man 3 in theaters. While not as great as the first movie, if you loved the first two movies, you’ll still enjoy this one as well.
Check out the trailer below.