It started off with a bang – both Iron Man 3 and the 2013 summer movie season. The third instalment in the Iron Man series hit the big time whether anyone thought it was good or not, but unlike a Black Friday line-up, it was worth the time and effort to fight the crowd to get in. Here’s a look back at what worked in the biggest movie of the year.
Here’s the rundown. Robert Downey Jr. is impeccable as Tony Stark. The dialogue for Tony is hilarious. One such example is this quip: “Dads leave. No need to be a pussy about it.” There is enough of a plot to keep things interesting. The Mandarin is Iron Man’s villain this time – played to perfection by Sir Ben Kingsley. We get to see more of Pepper Potts and Tony Stark being in their loving and dysfunctional relationship. There are plenty of fights and new tech to get excited about. There are the cool cars and the glimpse into Tony’s lavish lifestyle, which is always a fun peepshow. We get our Stan Lee cameo, as well as our Marvel extra at the end of the movie. This includes a mysterious and fairly obvious title card at the very end stating: “Tony Stark will be back”. We get to see some cool new suits and what an Iron Man Army looks like. There is a thrilling sequence that we’ve seen parts of in the trailers where Iron Man has to save people plunging to their death out of Air Force One. This sequence delivers more than we can hope for. The trailer teases it perfectly. Here is Tony’s problem. How will he solve it? In the coolest way possibly and with a cutting quip. We do get to see a Tony Stark that returns to being an inventor and genius. He’s like Batman in that he’s not Iron Man because of the suit. It’s a good time. People die, twists are turned.
The movie’s not perfect. Some people were upset with the twist in the middle. The final fight scene was quite illogical, though fun. Though Downey’s acting of Stark’s panic attacks after the events in Avengers is fine, it’s a bit unbelievable how quickly Stark recovers from these attacks when they happen. Downey spends most of the movie bloody and it’s a bit distracting. Wouldn’t he wipe is face on his shirt at some point? They rush through the ending where *Spoiler* Tony decides to hang up the suit, blow up all of the other suits he’s feverishly created, get the metal out of his chest, get his beloved back to normal and go back to being a normal billionaire.
It was completely unnecessary to see it in 3D. I saw it that way and I was unimpressed. It didn’t make the explosions any cooler or the fights any better. However, Iron Man 3 was the big opener of the summer movie season and, as the year comes to a close, remains the film to beat in box office dollars.
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