Iron Man 3 Review
What can I say? I had a blast watching this film. In my review of the first Iron Man movie, I really didn’t want them to make another one. It was just about perfect as far as a blockbuster superhero movie goes. Then Iron Man 2 came out, and I felt vindicated. The film spent too much time trying to tie it in to The Avengers. Half the movie was like a Marvel advertisement for The Avengers. Thankfully, Iron Man 3 was definitely a Tony Stark movie through and through.
Note I said a Tony Stark movie, not an Iron Man film. This is because the character spend a good deal of his time outside the Iron Man suit and personally I thought it worked very well. When the movie begins, Tony is still trying to deal with the aftermath of The Avengers and the events in NYC. He hasn’t yet come to terms with the existence of gods and aliens, and he spends most of his time retreating to his suit, improving the suit, oh and creating a whole lot of new versions. Forty-two to be exact.
But as the shit hits the fan and the deadly terrorist known only as The Mandarin starts wreaking havoc in America, Tony soon finds his defenses down, and having to rely on his wits, much as he did in the caves of Afghanistan, in the first film. This isn’t a repeat of the first movie though. He doesn’t build himself a suit. Instead, he goes after the bad guys, sans suit (although with backup never too far behind). Thus we see Tony in some pretty unusual situations. In a small town in Tennessee, in a bad guys mansion that could have come out of a Lethal Weapon movie, etc. New helmsman Shane Black smartly keeps the story firmly focused on Tony Stark, which I think is fantastic. Because as much as I enjoy Iron Man the superhero, it’s Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark that I came to watch.
As for Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin. Gosh, I don’t want to give anything away, except to say that it’s going to be controversial, but in my opinion, it worked very well. Ben Kingsley was fantastic in his role. I hear he was the toast of Croydon. Okay, I had to get that in. I have a degree in Theatre and I’m from Croydon, so I can’t help myself.
As for the rest of the cast, they are, as usual, brilliant. Don Cheadle managed to make me forget that I was just watching him earlier last week as the scumbag Marty Kaan, and Gwyneth Paltrow actually got to do a bit of day saving this time around, in her role as Pepper Potts. As for Guy Pearce, I am, as always, glad to watch him on-screen. He really does seem to relish playing the bad guy, and that’s all I’m going to say about that!
Is Iron Man 3 perfect? No, it isn’t. The script is flimsy. It’s riddled with plot holes, and yet it is is still a really fun, enjoyable movie. Like The Avengers, it’s big on laughs. Also like The Avengers, its big on spectacle, with plenty of action if that’s what you want to see. I don’t know if this will be the final outing for Robert Downey Jr. His contract with Marvel is now up. If it is his final movie playing Iron Man, I can be okay with that. They wrapped up Tony Stark’s story in as fitting a way possible and really that’s all I ask for as a viewer.