“We create our own demons.”– Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark
What’s good: Great action scenes and a spectacular villain.
What’s not good: It is too slow at the beginning.
What happened: Karma sure has a funny way of coming back around when you least expect it. The sins of your past are almost certainly going to affect your future. It’s too bad that most of us never fully grasp this concept until it is far too late. ‘Iron Man 3’ shows how a simple mistake from long ago can have a devastating impact on your life today.
Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has never been the same since the alien invasion in New York. (Check out my review of The Avengers here.) Images of what almost happened have affected his health so much that it is causing problems with Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow). Tony secretly works on a device that will come in handy later on. A recent attack on his good friend Hogan (Jon Favreau) causes Tony to make a hasty proclamation. What happens next forces him to go into hiding. Tony will face his toughest challenge ever as a new and more powerful enemy emerges.
It was more than a decade when Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) met Tony. He is a far cry from the geeky, feeble man he once was. Killian’s experience with Tony back then helped him become the man he is today. His work on Project Extremis with Maya (Rebecca Hall) may lead to the next evolutionary step for mankind. Meanwhile, The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) has been raging war against the world one explosion at a time. He kills with no remorse and uses a peculiar weapon that no one can figure out. His contact with the President of the United States causes everyone to fear for their lives. Tony must find out the Mandarin’s true identity and stop him from his villainous plan of destruction.
The Iron Man franchise has been, by far, one of the most popular superhero films of all time. Robert Downey Jr. seems perfectly cast in the lead role of Tony Stark. He is quite charismatic and pulls off every comedy scene brilliantly. Some of the funniest moments are between him and Harley (Ty Simpkins). There are several references to ‘The Avengers’ that really add to the cool factor of this film. If you are one of the few who have not seen this movie then you’d better check it out to understand what is happening to Tony. The action is great as you can expect for a big budget film like this. One of the best moments is when Iron Man saves a crew from a plane in midair. James Badge Dale and Stephanie Szostak deserve a special nod as the villain’s henchmen. Wait until you see how much chaos they cause in this one.
The main issue with ‘Iron Man 3’ is its sluggish start. It seems to take an eternity before you get to see the good stuff. This film spends too much time setting things up at the beginning which makes it feel very slow. Also, War Machine was hardly used at all. This important character should have been seen more screen time. Finally, you will be completely surprised and disappointed by The Mandarin’s big secret. This character is so devilishly good that it is such a big letdown when you find this out. Regardless, the true villain of this film is really spectacular. He is a worthy adversary and makes an otherwise average film so much better.
Bottom Line: ‘Iron Man 3’ is a decent flick, but not the best in its franchise. It is still worth the price of admission though.
Rating: PG-13 Run time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
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