Iron Man 3
Release Date: May 3rd, 2013Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Gwenyth Paltrow
Director: Shane Black
Genre: Action, Adventure
Current Location: In Theaters
When Tony Stark's world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.
I begged Becca to write this review since she's the comic book guru, and I've yet to crack open New X-men, which she's read and re-read. But alas she just finished a grueling 48 hour study period and back-to-back three hours finals, so you're all stuck with my review. Which will contain quite a bit of gushing but less insight into the Marvel lore.
Now, onto the real review...Iron Man 3. I have to admit the guy in the metal suit is not my favorite Avenger. I much rather be watching a movie about Thor and Loki, but Iron Man is a close runner-up. I love me some Robert Downey Jr., but as far as the previous movies go -- Iron Man 1 was great but very difficult to watch a second time. I found it tedious and slow in too many spots. Iron Man 2 was painful to sit through in the theaters.
So my expectations for the third installment were pretty low to say the least. I thought this was going to be drudgery with a few fun quips from the snarky superhero, but a plot that really bored. But...I have to say, I was completely wrong! Iron Man 3 may be the best one yet.
The strongest part of this has to be the plot, which I found engaging, fun, humorous, and surprising enough to keep my attention. Guy Pearce was a fantastic villain! Also, this time around Robert Downey Jr. shows a deeper side to Tony Stark. The guy is seriously going through some PTSD after the alien invasion in Avengers. I loved how they're connecting the universes and not dropping off plot lines and ignoring what's happening to the characters in other films.
The break out part of this movie has to be when Stark lands himself in Tennessee and has to call on the aid of this smart-alec boy. He reminded me a lot of the little kid in Real Steel, and served to have some fantastic banter between him and Stark. Loved <3
The only part of the movie that didn't sell me was Don Cheadle's character as Stark's sidekick. He's a pretty bland character and doesn't foil Stark's over-the-top humor very well. He's by far the weakest part of the series, and one of the main reasons I disliked the second movie. Thankfully, his presence his condensed in this one.
Overall, so insanely good! And Robert Downey Jr. still brings his A-game. It ends with lots of questions about the future of Iron Man. But I guess we'll have to wait until Avengers 2 to find out.
ROBOT VERDICT: This might just be the best of all Iron Man movies. More fun, more characters, more action. You'll want to watch it before it gets to DVD.