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Film Review: “Iron Man 3”

Written by: josh | May 4th, 2013

It is officially summer movie season and this weekend, hoards of families will flock to the theatre to see Iron Man 3.  The main reason people enjoy Iron Man so much is because of one thing and one thing only: Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of the quick-witted and narcissistic Tony Stark.  Downey Jr. plays Tony Stark so well that it is hard to imagine anyone else ever stepping into the role.  Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black who has worked with Robert Downey Jr. before on a film called Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.  If you haven’t seen Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, I highly recommend it because Shane Black and Robert Downey Jr. work very well together and it is apparent that the duo had a blast making Iron Man 3.  There are some problems that I had with the film, but overall Iron Man 3 is a fun ride.


Iron Man 3 is the first film in what is known as Marvel Phase 2 which will include a string of other superhero films (including sequels for Captain America and Thor) that all lead up to The Avengers 2.   Iron Man 3 takes place following the events of The Avengers in which Tony Stark went through a wormhole to save the world.  In this film, Tony is experiencing difficulties since exiting that wormhole.  He has developed a case of insomnia and also has anxiety attacks.  Because Tony can’t sleep, he enthralls himself into his work, which causes the love of his life, Pepper Pots (played by Gwyneth Paltrow), to feel shut out.  On top of all of this, there is a new villain in town known as The Mandarin who is terrorizing the world.  Stark must battle his past, his inner demons, and use his intelligence to stop The Mandarin and save the world…again.


First off, Iron Man 3 is unlike any other previous Iron Man film.  This movie has a lot more drama than the previous movies but at the same time, it has a lot more comedy.  The Shane Black script worked perfectly with Robert Downey Jr.’s ego and brought big laughs.  Shane Black was also able to make Don Cheadle a more likable character.  That being said, I did have two big problems with Iron Man 3.  The first problem being that there really isn’t that much of Iron Man in this film.  For a majority of the movie, it is just Tony Stark using his intelligence to battle instead of using his suit.  The geek in me wanted more Iron Man and that was a disappointment.  Second, The Mandarin was extremely under-used.  Ben Kingsley played the character great, but without spoiling anything, the character was a bit of a letdown.  In the comics, The Mandarin is Tony Stark’s biggest nemesis but it didn’t feel that way in this film.  He was just another sub-par villain with a weak back-story.  However, all of this pays off with the film’s concluding fight scene.  This final battle was choreographed, shot, and edited perfectly and delivers nothing but jaw-dropping excitement.


As many problems as there are with Iron Man 3, it is still a good movie and a great start for summer movie season.  If you are able to turn your brain off and enjoy it for what it is, then you will definitely have fun with this movie.  If you are someone who likes to nitpick at every detail or someone who is a little too attached to the Iron Man comics, then you probably won’t enjoy this film.  In conclusion, Iron Man 3 has a great start, a polarizing mid-section, and an extremely entertaining conclusion.  It’s not as good as the first Iron Man film or The Avengers, but it is miles better than Iron Man 2.  Go out and see Iron Man 3 and celebrate the beginning of summer!


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