Iron Man 3 Review
This is a combined review. My husband is a devoted fan of all things comic book and I wanted to get his take. Most of the review is behind a cut for that reason – no spoilers allowed.
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This movie is dark, much darker than the other two movies in the trilogy. Many times, I jumped in my seat and cringed. People die, and people are injured, and some of the action involving domestic terrorism hits a little too close to home. Since she’s a sensitive girl, I would not let my 13 year old daughter watch this movie without me. However, my son at 13 would have been fine.
But, I enjoyed it. I love watching my husband’s reactions to the movie, since he has an encyclopedic knowledge of the universe. I invited him to review the movie, as well. Here is his review, and I’d love to know what you think of it. 🙂
The Marvel Universe (MU) has become one of the richest film universes in recent history It’s track record is not to be argued, because the movies are undeniably fun. The shining jewel of Phase 1, which culminated with the Avengers, was undeniably Iron Man. Not only has he appeared in more films than any other MU character, Robert Downey, Jr. absolutely NAILS everything you expect Tony Stark and Iron Man to be. You had no doubts when you saw him on screen that he was a narcissistic, alcoholic playboy. He WAS Tony Stark.
The beauty of it all was that the MU just seemingly got bigger and broader. Scientists turning into monsters trying to recreate the formula that made a scrawny kid into an All-American piece of awesome. Norse Gods battling it out among themselves. Norse Gods bringing their own brand of mischief and malice to Earth. Intergalactic threats. All of this resulted in the creation of the Avengers. And of all of it, who was the person involved in almost every aspect of this in one way or another? Tony Stark.
So once you know that there is something incredibly larger than you, how do you face the threat and not change? If you are willing to sacrifice your life for those you love, how do you recover when you survive? This is what Tony Faces as we start Iron Man 3. He is a changed man. He has seen Death, and didn’t particularly like it. With all of his technology and intelligence, New York was still in ruins, and he now feels that he needs to protect the one that he loves the most, Pepper Potts, from harm. But he can’t protect her if he doesn’t come up with a way to focus. He spends his nights working on new Armor and tech, and grows distant from Pepper, Rhodey, and everyone else.
Enter The Mandarin. A global terrorist, who wants to cause chaos by planting bombs to prove a point. He is a man with a purpose, and that purpose is simple: Make America pay. This is a foe that Tony hasn’t faced yet. The Mandarin isn’t motivated by wanting Tony’s company, or revenge against Tony. No, he is something more. As you watch the movie, you see how Tony’s past ultimately comes back into play. The man he was vs. the man he now is. And then it’s all gone.
Tony has to face a new enemy without all of the things he has grown used to at his expense. This is a different fight, but Tony will face it the only way he knows how. He will use the intelligence of which his character is fully capable of, but in a different way than we have seen. I won’t go into spoilers, but I will say that those of you who have read Extremis in the Iron Man comics are in for a delightful surprise. This is not The Super hero films we have grown used to. Shane Black delivers to us a film that has far more in common with Jason Bourne and James Bond than it does with the MU, and that’s a good thing.
When you get to the theater, buy yourself a nice box of popcorn. No drink. You won’t want to take a restroom break. The third act is flat out the BEST THING in the MU, and that’s putting it above the Hulk in Avengers! This is the beginning of Marvel’s Phase 2, and if you doubted for a second that they could top The Avengers, just know that Joss Whedon was taking notes on this film, as well as Warner Brothers and every other movie studio and film maker. Oh, and don’t forget to stay for the stinger at the end, and it will put a smile on your face!
Run, don’t walk to your nearest screening. Also, if you manage to snag a pair of the Iron Patriot 3D glasses, you’re a lucky one!! This is definitely a movie for most of the family, but you may want to keep the littlest ones at home if they had trouble with the Avengers. Otherwise, consider your plans for the weekend made!
Frequently, I am invited to attend pre-screenings of movies before they are released to the general public. I am not being compensated for this review other than having the opportunity to view movies before they are released.