Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Movie Review: "Iron Man 3" (2013)

Movie: "Iron Man 3"
Director: Shane Black
Year: 2013
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

A supervillan by the name of 'The Mandarin' (Ben Kingsley) is terrorizing the globe with bombings, killings and general intimidation. He is an Osama bin Laden type and doesn't hesitate to kill women and children. He basically taunts the United States into confrontation, and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has had enough. He threatens The Mandarin with cameras watching, giving out his personal information to entice him into a fight. Tony's world is then turned upside down and must go after those responsible and fight for the things he loves the old-fashioned way. Meanwhile, an old friend of Pepper's (Gwyneth Paltrow) named Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) comes back into her life with a proposal for Stark Industries.

Iron Man is back for a third time, baby! In the darkest flick of the trilogy, "Iron Man 3" shows that Tony Stark is more than just some guy in a suit. This movie is more character driven than the others in the saga, focusing more on the development of the life and brain of Stark as opposed to the superhero in the suit. Since the incidents in New York and the close brush with death that Tony faced while pushing a nuclear missile through the wormhole, he has since suffered severe anxiety attacks and he must find a way to manage them. Tony also spends a large portion of this film out of his suit when his home is destroyed by Aldrich Killian. He is able to show that Iron Man is more than just his set of suit-al skills, because even when his suit is rendered inoperable, Tony is able to use his ingenuity and technical know-how to create makeshift weapons on the fly. That, combined with his physical training, even without the suit, Stark is still a formidable person.

What sets this movie apart is its deviation from the comic book series itself. This film did upset a lot of the fans of the comic book because the Mandarin was turned into a false front for Aldrich Killian. The revelation of Ben Kingsley as a pawn is both humorous and unexpected, especially if it's your first time seeing it. Killian was the mastermind all along, and this allowed him to show off his Extremis-driven fire power. Extremis allows those who have taken it to heal quickly and they can even regrow limbs. The people who have taken it can also generate really high heat inside their bodies, allowing Killian to even breath fire. Those who have used Extremis also risk becoming unstable, and without a moment's notice, they can explode, killing anybody within a reasonably close radius. Despite this take on the Mandarin, we still enjoyed the film overall because anything with Tony Stark in it is bound to be a good time. He faces his toughest test yet in Killian and it's still as bad ass as ever. We also don't think that this film is the last we will see of the Mandarin character, but we could be wrong. As we have always come to expect with Marvel movies, "Iron Man 3" contains quite a bit of humor laced in with the action, drama and big booms. For people who watch the movies and haven't read the comics or have an open mind to the changing of source materials, you will more than likely enjoy this film. Robert Downey Jr. is always fun to look at, too.

My Rating: 8.5/10
BigJ's Rating: 8.5/10
IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 79%
Do we recommend the movie:
For our "Iron Man" review, click here.

For our "The Incredible Hulk" review, click here.

For our "Iron Man 2" review, click here.

For our "Thor" review, click here. 

For our "Captain America: The First Avenger" review, click here.

For our "The Avengers" review, click here.

For our "Thor: The Dark World" review, click here.

For our "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" review, click here.

For our "Guardians of the Galaxy" review, click here.

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