The month of May summer blockbusters are intense for me. The first to come was Iron Man 3. I’ve been generally looking at the scores that other movie review blogs have given but not read the context much. If you saw that I liked yours, I will be back to check it out right after this is posted 🙂 Honestly, as much as I was extremely excited to see this movie, I was worried it wouldn’t do as well because I really did not enjoy the 2nd one a lot. Still, we managed to go last night (Wednesday) and the theatre was pretty much packed except for the few rows right in front of the screen and after watching 30 minutes of ads then another 20 minutes of previews (almost all superhero movies previews), Iron Man 3 started with the narration from Tony Stark 🙂
Director: Shane Black
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, Jon Favreau, Rebecca Hall, William Sadler
A insomniac and anxious Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) after the events of last year’s The Avengers in New York is bothered constantly by the sudden possibility of danger hitting him and the people he loves, especially his girlfriend Pepper Potts (Gwneyth Paltrow). When the terrorist The Mandarin starts decreeing that he will take steps to teach the President (William Sadler) some lessons by causing explosions and destruction and it ends up injuring his friend and bodyguard, Happy (Jon Favreau), he issues a threat to The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). Little to his knowledge does he know that the Mandarin will end up destroying his home and turning it into rubbles causing him to have to scrabble to piece together his life again. With this fall, he needs to find ways to work with what he has left and try to have his revenge and save the day!
The first Marvel movie to arrive after The Avengers was certainly entertaining! I loved it a lot. This one was action-packed, fast-paced and still had a lot of Tony Stark’s witty remarks.
Tony Stark is definitely a great hero in this franchise. This one brings in more of a personal struggle to find himself. It was not only a struggle against keeping the ones he love safe but also digging deep into who he is amongst all the humor that he lashes out with whoever he is interacting with. He seeks to find who he is at the base whether he’s really just a hero because of the suit or whether just himself as an individual, he can still be as great an individual. Packaging that into a lot of action and introducing Don Cheadle’s Rhodey and his version of Iron Man but called Iron Patriot definitely gave this an extra push also.
I also enjoyed the sub characters. Although Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts got a lot more screen time in this one which was for the better. Her character has become one that I love and enjoy. She’s tough and smart and just perfect for the uncontrollable Tony Stark. I really love the little screen time at Jon Favreau’s Happy had also. He’s just a hilarious man. Don Cheadle’s character starts bringing in the political side of the equation as he tries to protect his country in general. On the more business and science side, we have the great scientist here, Aldrich Killian played by Guy Pearce. Ever since Memento, this guy has been on my radar and its nice to see him in this role 🙂
Whats a superhero movie without its villain, right? Super hero movies are straight forward and a lot has to do with finding that perfect villain to make the hero look awesome. In this one, we have The Mandarin and his deadly explosions and taking over the wavelengths to broadcast his plans to terrorize the president and his country. I’m a big fan of Ben Kingsley. If you’ve seen this, then you’ll understand when I say that he was so awesome! Its not a normal role that I’ve seen him in but man, he was so good at doing this!
Iron Man 3 may not be as great as the first one but definitely is superior and worthy as a sequel, especially after a very unsatisfying 2nd. The runtime was relatively average at a bit more over 2 hours ( I believe) but the time rolled by relatively quickly as the plot moves forward quickly, the action never stops (or at least it felt that way) and there’s always a lot of humour and snarky remarks (a la Stark style) to keep the audience entertained! I can’t ask for more! I loved it and its definitely a great addition to the Marvel movies 🙂 I look forward to grabbing a copy of this when it gets released on Blu-ray!
Are you pumped up for the other summer blockbusters coming out? I know I am! Two more to go this month (at least)!