Title: Iron Man 3
Director: Shane Black
Runtime: 130 min
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: May 3rd, 2013
Production Co: Marvel Studios
I finally feel like summer is starting once the first Marvel movie comes out. Iron Man 3, the first of the season, hit theatres yesterday. I saw on Thursday in 3D and found it to be a respectable addition to the franchise, although it didn’t manage to completely blow me away.
The story is a big improvement over Iron Man 2. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is still haunted by what happened in New York City after the chitauri attack and him nearly dying while displacing a nuclear bomb. It looks like he as PTSD, he can’t sleep, is hit by panic attacks and can’t seem to connect with Pepper (Gweneth Paltrow). Meanwhile, The Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley) is terrorizing the United States with attacks and threats to the president. Iron Patriot, formerly War Machine (Don Cheadle), has been rebranded as America’s hero and is on the case. There’s also another conspiracy brewing with a virus called Extremis, funded by Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) that alters the genetic makeup of a person and gives them super strength, regeneration and the ability to generate fire. It’s actually all pretty cool; we’re finally getting out of just the suit battles and into something more epic.
We get everything we expect in an Iron Man movie: Tony Stark is a smart ass and there are a lot of laughs, great special effects and action. My main quip with the movie is that Stark is “depowered” most of it: not only is he suffering psychologically from the events of New York City, but he also loses most of his suits in the beginning and struggles to equip himself in order to fight the Mandarin. One of these issues would have been enough conflict to make things interesting; both made it a bit boring. However, Tony having personal struggles and overcoming them was great character development and provided a depth I didn’t expect in this movie.
The most surprising and perhaps my favorite thing about this whole movie was Pepper Potts. She has a decent roll, mostly there to show the deterioration of her and Tony’s relationship while he pushes her away, but in the end she makes a great comeback. They depicted her in a strong female role and oftentimes, much stronger than Stark, mentally and physically. She kicks ass, people.
If you’re a fan of Marvel, of superheroes, of course you’re going to see this movie. It’s Iron Man and it’s a part of Marvel Phase 2. Even if you’re not a fan, you should see it anyways as it’s a fun action movie and you don’t really need to have seen the first two (but I do recommend that, especially the first).