Movie Review: Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3 is upon us people! After last years insanely huge MEGA blockbuster The Avengers this is the first movie we’ve got after the events in New York. IM3 also launches into Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

So what can you expect from this movie? I know for myself I watched the trailers and I kind of didn’t know what it was about. Wikipedia wasn’t really any help either so I actually went into this movie kind of blind, and I left completely bewildered. Whatever you think you know about the plot is probably wrong. Whatever you think you know about what the villain is about, and who the big hero is, and what the repercussions are from New York you might as well forget because this movie was so perfectly crafted and thought out that the only thing you can do is just go with the flow and enjoy it.

Tony Stark (Robert Downey JR) can’t sleep. After the events in New York and him falling through a wormhole, he is suffering from severe anxiety, PTSD and a constant need to tinker. He is currently working on the mark 42 (which mean he has created 41 other suits before) with his electronic sidekick Jarvis. He is no longer in charge of Stark Industries, that honor belongs to his CEO and current girlfriend Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) who now lives with him. As the head of Stark Industries she is the decision maker and when someone from Tony’s and her past Aldrich Killian (played by Guy Pearce who has just been getting better with age) comes in with a way to change and control someone’s DNA she steps up as a firm CEO.

We’ve also got the main villain The Mandarin played by Sir Ben Kinglsey and he is wicked. Wickedly evil and plays a sort of master terrorist character. That’s kind of all I can say about him without spoiling anything, but let’s just say Tony Stark stays out of it until one of The Mandarin’s bombings hits close to home and send his bodyguard Happy to the hospital.

Is Iron Man 3 incredible? Absolutely, but I can’t really talk about the plot without spoiling it and you need to go into this movie not knowing anything because it’s going to be that much  better. What I do want to say is that this movie is much darker than the rest, but also has a big heart especially when it comes to my favorite character in the movie Harley (Ty Simpkins) who is written for the film. Another thing I really liked is that with went back to the main character with this film, it really relies solely on Tony Stark and not so much Iron Man and all that hoopla. Finally it’s got a very political undertone. It speaks a lot about terrorists, and what is called wagging the dog. Creating your own villains is a main theme in this movie and it kind of hits the nail on the head with what’s going on in the world right now.

There were a few parts I didn’t like about it, mainly Dr. Maya Henderson (Rebecca Hall) who was annoying you’ll see why, and a very important scene with Pepper Potts I felt was just breezed through when in fact it was a pivotal moment in the film. Otherwise Iron Man 3 is pretty much perfect.

PS – Stay until after the credits obviously, it’s a Marvel movie after all. Also take a loot at how many people worked on the visual effects during the credit roll, the amount of people is incredible.

Movie Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Good job Marvel! Phase 2 started perfectly. Don’t forget to follow me on twitter to talk all about nerd stuff! @TommyD

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  • Peter

    I agree. This is absolutely leagues ahead of the forgettable Iron Man 2.