Iron Man 3, Film Reivew
A sequel tends not to be as good as the original films. However there are exceptions to the rule, Terminator 2, Aliens, Die Hard with Vengeance, Back to the Future 2, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Just to name a few.
Iron Man 2, was an enjoyable film, but personal for me it was just was not on the same level as the original films. I also though that Mickey Rourke, was under used. Which is a great shame as he a good actor and his character has a lot of history which was not really used. (Yes I know it a film but they could have kept him alive at the end of the film, and pop up in a later film.)
Iron Man 3; on the other hand has come back to the same level as the original film. The hard core fan don’t like what Shane Black has done with the story. (I am not going to mention it due to spoilers.) But I like the twist and bring in some really great comedy to the film. (You should also watch the Marvel One Shot: All Hail the King, which also adds to this plot point.)
Iron Man 3, is set roughly a year after the battle of New York (Marvels Avengers’). It kicks off phase 2 for Marvels Cinematic Universe.
Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) is suffering from Post Turmeric Stress Syndrome (PTSS), in order to deal with it, he has focused on building new Iron Man armour, all serving a different function, to protect the people he cares about.
While Tony is focusing on his armour, a new terrorist called the Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley) has starts to attack America at home and aboard. Meanwhile an old friend of Pepper Pots (Paltrow), Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) visits her looking for help from Stark Industries. Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau), reckoning Killian from a New Years Eve Park he Tony attended in 1999, and informs Tony. While talking to Tony, Happy Hogan does not like the look of Killian Bodyguard/ Driver and decides to follow him. This leads to Happy Hogan being badly hurt in an explosion, which the Mandarin takes credit for.
After visiting Happy Hogan in hospital, Tony Stark is stopped by the media outside. Tony vows to stop the Mandarin and challenge him to battle by giving his home address. This leads to the attack on his home. This was shown heavily in the trailers, but for change, does not give to much away.
Robert Downey Jr, is still on form playing Tony Stark. This really is the role he was born to play. Don Cheadle, gets a lot more screen time this time round and it great seeing him play Rhodes/ War Machine/ Iron Patriot.
Gewenth Paltrow, is back again as Pepper Pots, she even get a chance to put on the Iron Man suit. (Something I believe only recently happened in the comics.) Sir Ben Kingsley brings a lot comedy to the roll. (Yes I know the Mandarin is a Villain and not just for comedy, this is something that got a lot of hardcore fans back out of a joint. As I said before see the Marvel One Shot: All Hail the King. It will then make scene.)
Given how big the Avengers was, you had to wonder what Marvel was going to do to top it with Iron Man’s solo outing. The simple explanation is to strip everything back to basics, and this is what Shane Black has done.
What we get is a story of Tony Stark having to deal with the events of the Avengers as well as lose everyone close to him including his suit. This leads him to over comes his PTSS, and find how he is again.
Iron Man 3 is an entertaining film with lots of comedy, action and drama.
For those that love their CGI, there are lots of stunning moments, Tony house being blown up is one of them, but the standout moment is Iron Man saving people that are falling out of a plane. Thankful this does not override story, which is something Marvel have shown they are good at.
The film has a nice flow to it, which means that the story does not stall, This lead it to build up the final battle nicely.
The only great shame about this movie is that it could be Robert Downey Jr last solo outing as Iron Man as he is only contracted to do two more films as Iron Man and they will be next years Avengers’: Age of Ultron and Avengers 3.
So here hoping that he will sign on to do some more, because at this point I can’t see anyone else playing him.
Tony Stark: Remember that game, Barrel of Monkeys? This is how it is: we got to catch all the monkeys!