Something different: Iron Man 3 review

Ok, slightly unconventional based on the reviews I usually do, but I thought “What the hell? Let’s give a film review a try!” So here goes!

Note: I only recently joined the Iron Man hype, so don’t kill me if I say anything wrong. Seriously, I watched the first film for the first time about a month ago.

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Tony Stark and his Hall of Suits. Image via www.kintali.com.

Continuing on from The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 follows the psychological after-effects of our much-loved genius Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) after his finale act in the aforementioned film. I must admit, Downey does such a good job with his character he’s like David Tennant being the real-life embodiment of the Doctor – any Doctor Who fans here? Anyways, the psychological trauma is really just a tiny thing in the entire plot. In terms of the whole plot, I can sort of describe it with the following phrase:

Comedic Iron Man meets The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor with a hint of Ricky Gervais (or Johnny Depp ‘Captain Jack’ style – your choice).

To avoid giving away too much of the plot, if any – after all, it’s only the 2nd day of the UK’s cinema release – I will attempt to evaluate on a general, vaguer scale – do bear with me, please.

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Best pals: Tony Stark and the Mark 42.  Image via www.collider.com.

Firstly, I read the Metro’s 3-out-of-5-star review in the paper and they mentioned the introduction of too many new characters, something they weren’t particularly pleased about. I would disagree slightly. I felt that the new characters, all of whom played important roles in the development of the plot, were not excessive at all. Despite some their roles being a bit brief, they were necessary for the plot to move on. The only thing I disliked about this part was how they introduced them, at least for the characters of Maya (Rebecca Hall) and Aldrich (Guy Pearce). These two characters were introduced in the beginning of the film as a flashback. By the end of that scene you could pretty much predict the overly-clichéd idea of revenge, something that the entire Iron Man trilogy revolves around.

Secondly, this film is so much funnier than the other two. In fact, I laughed through a cumulative third of the 130 minute film. That’s how good it was! Though – SPOILER ALERT – about 40% of the hilarity was his suit crashing into random things and being an idiot. However, totally worth it!

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Definitely one of the more interesting posters. Image via www.moviedeskback.com.

Speaking of his awesome suit – SPOILER ALERT – we get to see a brief scene where Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow) gets to wear it! On a side note, what do YOU think about Paltrow being considered as the world’s most beautiful woman? Back to the film, I was thinking Pepper would look rather hot if she had a mechanical suit of her own – I’m sure a metal skirt would be a deadly weapon against most enemies.

Now, I rather liked the concept of the enemies in the film. The main terrorist is a Saddam Hussein type figure called the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). Weird name, yes. But this is where the Ricky Gervais side of the film comes into action. I’ll leave you there so you could watch the film and come back to me on this. Sorry. I’ll tell you this: not-quite SPOILER ALERT – there’s an interesting, slightly predictable twist of villains.

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Villains in the background. Image via www.coventrytelegraph.net.

To be honest, there wasn’t a lot that I could actually say was bad about the film. As usual, the acting was pretty good on most parts. The special effects were as incredible as the first two, though – SPOILER ALERT – the delayed suiting-up of Stark straight after he was captured and fought a bunch of bad guys would have been better dramatically if he had just suited up while back-flipping in mid-flight. Just try picturing it.

There was one very weird unresolved plotline however, concerning Aldrich Killian and Pepper Potts. In the film – SPOILER ALERT – when Killian visits Pepper, they recognised each other as if they’ve both met before. The problem is, Aldrich didn’t appear in any of the other two films – not that I can recall – nor was any previous encounter between the two of them mentioned in the third film itself – again, not that I could remember. This was rather confusing for me, but it was only a small issue.

Verdict: 9/10

The film is definitely a justice piece to the trilogy, and I definitely recommend seeing it. It’s a mixture of comedy with good old-fashioned violence and special effects. The plot is decently consistent, though it would have been nicer if it linked a little bit more with Iron Man 2. Seriously, the only link – SPOILER ALERT – is an American paintjob of James Rhodes’ (Don Cheadle) suit and its new name from ‘War Machine’ to ‘Iron Patriot’. Oh, and obviously Rhodes himself. It’s much less, if any, to do with Stark Industries and more to do with Stark’s self-exploration into the important things in his life.

If you get the chance, see this film! It is very unlikely you’ll be disappointed. I took a friend to see it – he hadn’t seen any of the first two films nor The Avengers – and he really liked it! I won’t tell you the ending, but it sure had mixed receptions. It was also pretty epic.

Quick thinking point:

Since the suits seem to fit perfectly on every individual they accommodate, does that mean the suits are size-flexible, or are all the people just the same size, height-wise?

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Well? What are you waiting for? Image via www.yimg.com.

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