Reel Review: Iron Man 3

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The summer’s opening blockbuster this year is the highly anticipated Iron Man 3. Being the first of Marvel’s Phase Two, and also being the first Marvel film in the post-Avengers world, Iron Man 3 had some pretty big shoes to fill. And with new director Shane Black taking the helm away from Jon Favreau, the pressure was on.

Iron Man 3 is the first film to see it’s title character alone again after The Avengers and dealing with the repercussions of what happened during the Chitauri attack on New York. Taking place an undetermined time after that, Iron Man 3 begins with us seeing the famous Tony Stark working on a new prototype suit, the Mark 42. He seems almost obsessed with his new suit(s) and seems to be forgetting his friends and family. This obsession is less of him being a jerk and more of him suffering from anxiety attacks and PTSD from the invasion. This, plus a new villain on the horizon, makes Tony and very desperate man and must rely on himself more than his own inventions.

Iron Man 3 is as every bit as entertaining as the first two films, but it definitely stands apart from them. I would say that this is because of the new director, but a change was foreseen in the aftermath of the Avengers. This latest installment in the Iron Man series takes the franchise in a new direction the other films didn’t dare to go. We see Stark as a broken man looking for an answer and we get to see how much of the man really makes the suit.  It’s a notion the other films touched on, especially the Avengers, but it is really put to the test here as we see Tony having to be the hero WITHOUT his suit. Some people may think it’s cheap plot device and that they came to see an Iron Man movie, but I think it works well with the story.

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Biggest standouts in the movie would have to be the performances of Robert Downey Jr and Gwyneth Paltrow. Seeing these characters in 3 films now, we finally get to see more of them besides the tropes of the cocky hero and the damsel in distress.  Another standout would have to be Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian. I’ve always liked Guy Pearce ever since Memento and I find him to be a talented actor, but I love it when he has a chance to play the villain. Killian is smooth, snarky, and downright ruthless in ways I won’t spoil.

The other villain in Iron Man 3 is the Mandarin played by Ben Kingsley. For those that are unaware, the Mandarin is on of Iron Man’s key villains in the comics and is one fans have been waiting for since the first movie. The way he is portrayed here is notably different than the comics, which might piss off a few of the readers, but I believe it was a ballsy way to handle the character and was a fun and believable way to introduce the character realistically.

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Though Iron Man 3 was a great film, it wasn’t a perfect one and like any movie it had it’s flaws. For instance the references to the Avengers were a lot fewer than I thought there would be. They wrote it off as, “don’t mention New York or Tony will have an anxiety attack” which I thought was smart, but left me wanting more. And with no appearance by SHIELD and only a few mentions of Thor, the film was lacking in Avengers callbacks.

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Another flaw was some characters were horribly underappreciated. We get to see more of Don Cheadle playing Tony’s friend and ally Col. James Rhodes in his new suit, the Iron Patriot, but this character is completely over shadowed by the main plot and only comes into play in the 3rd act. Rebecca Hall’s character is also underused. The film can’t decide her level of importance throughout the story and by the end she is just a plot device.

Rating: 4/5

Reelization:

Iron Man 3 stands apart from its predecessors in more ways than one. It is the first of the series to take place after the Avengers, it is the first to show Tony as an emotional wreck, and it is the first one in the series written/directed by Shane Black. Iron Man 3 may not have been the film I was expecting, but it was a solid film. Downey and Paltrow are still great as Tony and Pepper and get a chance to show a little more range. Cheadle looked to be having fun as Rhodes than he did in the second film, but his storyline is definitely overshadowed by the main story. Pearce is great as new villain Aldrich Killian and Kingsley is… interesting as this film’s adaptation of the Mandarin. Fans of the comic books may both love and hate this film for taking some liberties with characters, and some fans of the first two films may not like that Tony is out of his suit for a good portion of the film. My advice is to take this movie with a grain of salt and enjoy the ride. Iron Man 3 is a solid, funny, and enjoyable film that looks amazing and had a kick ass finale that will make ever child run to the nearest toy store..

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