Iron Man 3 (2013)

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is back, after almost dying from a wormhole in The Avengers (Which happens to take a toll on Tony mentally in this movie)! Iron Man 3 officially kicked of the Summer of 2013 movies and I think it did a pretty good job of doing so. The premise of this film revolves around Stark’s lack of sleep due to the events that occurred in New York during The Avengers. This lack of sleep and awareness of greater powers in the universe causes Stark to tinker away, night and day, on suits that will better protect Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow) and himself. During this time, a terrorist named The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) is terrorizing (funny how that works) the U.S. and countries overseas. He’s bent on teaching the world his lessons and he expects them to comply. At the same time, a man from Stark’s past named Aldrich Killian is now bringing Stark Enterprises new technology that might have something to do with freak occurrences in the U.S. Stark teams up with the newly branded “Iron Patriot” (Don Cheadle), and some new “friends” to stop the Mandarin before he can do any more damage. Without spoiling too much, Stark gets temporarily taken out and is forced to rebuild himself to save his lover and the life he knew. Oh, and to save the world I guess. Wouldn’t be a superhero movie if someplace wasn’t in danger.

WHAT I ENJOYED

WHAT I DIDN’T ENJOY

Action is over the top and awesome (as it should be).

Stark is too sarcastic & witty to believe that he’s suffering.

Guy Pearce plays a great, suave bad guy.

The technology is so far from reality that it’s almost ridiculous.

The 40+ new suits in the film are freaking awesome and are cool in action.

Stark is an asshole to a fatherless boy.

The visuals and audio are incredible (as they should be).

The film never reaches its Batman-like, dark theme.

Shane Black has a new style of direction that also feels like an Iron Man film.

There isn’t enough Don Cheadle as Iron Patriot.

Stark makes a faux Iron Man suit that demonstrates his actual intellect.

Stark’s PTSD isn’t believable as he overcomes it too quickly.

Cool premise for limb regeneration with good back story.

Jon Favreau was money! Except, he’s barely in the movie.

Stark is hilarious and witty and provides tons of laughs.

Stark is too witty and hilarious in situations that would only work if he was serious.

Ben Kingsley is the best part of this movie. He is just incredible here.

Limb regeneration premise stretches your belief towards the ending.

Only two more movies until we get to see the Avengers 2!

Unfortunately, Marvel’s next movie is Thor: The Dark World.

 

Overall:

This is an Iron Man film, so you’re going to have a good time no matter what. It’s certainly much better than its predecessor (which wasn’t too hard to accomplish), but I still believe that the first Iron Man is the best in this trilogy. Iron Man 3 tries to accomplish a darker, Batman-like feel, and it probably would have succeeded if not for Stark being a smart-ass in serious situations. However, this movie does succeed as being visually awesome and incredibly hilarious (mostly due to Downey Jr.) Regardless of its failure to go dark, this is a fun film and it does pretty well, especially after the success of The Avengers. The last 20 minutes of this film will have you in awe and will justify why you came to see Iron Man 3. The addition of Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley was a fantastic choice, as they’re both incredible actors that both play great villains! As all recent Marvel movies have done, there is a little extra scene at the end, so don’t leave before the credits end! Iron Man 3 is the first of 3 Marvel superhero movies leading up to The Avengers 2 in 2015. Now, if only we didn’t have to sit through the next Thor… No matter how you look at it, you’re going to have a blast at Iron Man 3, so make sure and go see it soon!

Iron Man 3 Trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ue43ALt_s-Y

3.5 STARS!!!

 

3.5 / 5 stars     

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