The summer movie season has begun and what better way to do it than with the return of everyone's favorite super hero Iron Man. Does Iron Man 3 live up to the hype and is it a worthy successor to the box office shattering The Avengers? Well check out my review for Iron Man 3 below.
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Iron Man 3 - Rated PG-13 - Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Sir Ben Kingsley, Rebecca Hall, Guy Pearce, Jon Favreau
Following the events of The Avengers, Tony Stark has his world turned upside down by a terrorist known as The Mandarin. Tony goes on an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.
Movie Review - Iron Man 3
3 out of 4
Never let it be said that Marvel doesn't take risks with their properties and try and do something new and exciting. Iron Man 3 is very much a Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) adventure with its snappy dialogue and humor to its call backs to the buddy action movies of old. It still has the usual assortment of things blowing up, but the core of the story is very different than what we have seen before in the Iron Man franchise.
Iron Man 3 picks up sometime after the events of The Avengers where Tony has battled aliens, traveled to another dimension and survived a near death experience. To say the least Tony is not doing so well, he can't sleep, any mention of the events in New York send him into panic mode and he's become obsessed with building new Iron Man suits. It's like an addiction that he has to feed in order to feel he has some semblance of control over his life. Even his ability to interact with the people closest to him, the beautiful Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and best friend Rhodey (Don Cheadle), has become difficult when he's not in the suit. The armor he's created has become his avatar to the outside world. To make matters even worse there's a new super villain in the world, the terrorist known only as the Mandarin (the terrifying Ben Kingsley), and he's set his sights on Tony. There's also the beautiful and brilliant scientist Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall) who, in a flashback sequence, once had a fling with Tony and he helped her solve some of the issues with her newest invention called Extremis. Basically it allows the human body to regenerate and produce massive amounts of energy to use however the person injected with it sees fit. Maya works for the charming, yet sinister Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce clearly having fun as one of the villains) who has taken her Extremis technology and has begun building an army. After an attack on Grauman's Chinese Theater that leaves Tony's faithful friend and head of security of Stark Industries, Happy Hogan (the always welcome Jon Favreau), seriously injured Tony, being brash as ever, essentially invites the Mandarin to his house for a one-on-one grudge match. This leads to the spectacular sequence of Tony's home being destroyed, but also results in Tony almost getting Pepper and himself killed once again.
This leads to one of the facets that I truly loved about Iron Man 3 which was most of the movie Tony Stark is without his armor. In fact the middle section of the movie plays out more like a mystery novel than a superhero film. Tony must rely on his brains to solve the mystery of the Mandarin's attacks and track down his location. Let me tell you Tony is just as dangerous with some hardware store items as he is in his Iron Man armor. One of the best action sequences is his assault on the Mandarin's house using a home made pressurized air gun and a microwave gardening glove.
I do have one major complaint with Iron Man 3 and unfortunately I cannot discuss it here because it would be a huge spoiler for those who have not seen it. It's a fairly major twist that turns one of the characters into something that I guarantee you won't see coming. Instead of it being something that I could embrace as a clever and unique take on the particular character, I found it changed the tone that the film had been building and essentially turns this character into something you can just throw away. The film suffers a little bit from this reveal, but it by no means de-rails the picture entirely. There are some great character moments, especially for Pepper who really gets to do a lot more than be Tony's girlfriend, and some of the best Iron Man action sequences you will ever see. I think my favorite is an ariel rescue of thirteen people free falling after their plane explodes.
Iron Man 3 is another worthy entry in the adventures of Tony Stark and while the ending suggests the return of ol' metal head, if this is the last hurrah for Robert Downey Jr. it was a fitting one.