Iron Man 3
After watching the first two Iron Man films, the explosions, action scenes and arrogant humor can be repetitive. In a surprising twist, Iron Man 3 deftly spins a web of both humor and more interesting action.
Iron Man 3, directed by Shane Black, is rated PG-13 and features protagonist Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Stark cannot be fully understood without taking into context his growth from the first two Iron Man films as well as his part in the Avengers.
Although Stark seems to be permanently self-centered, his earlier challenges have slowly started to change him and lessen his arrogance. As a result of his experiences in the Avengers, Stark suffers through anxiety attacks and insomnia, which are important to the plot in Iron Man 3.
Stark begins the film by quoting that “we make our own demons,” which is followed by a flashback before even the first Iron Man movies. Through his posturing and lack of appreciation for others, he ignores potential leading genius Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) who then becomes the antagonist years down the road in Iron Man 3.
The third Iron Man film focuses on fixing what his thoughtless actions caused while still fighting to overcome his ego.
The film begins with a fluctuating intensity. Multiple clips of bombings in the United States and threats to the president by the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), a leader of a terrorist organization, brings a dark edge to the opening scenes.
Eventually, the Mandarin becomes comic relief, while the actual antagonist is more of a Green Goblin from Spider-Man than the Joker from the Dark Knight.
Like the Green Goblin, antagonist Aldrich Killian is merely a scientist gone wrong, perhaps with a craving for revenge that the Green Goblin lacked. Unlike the Joker from the Dark Knight, Killian has a sense of humanity to him that, although brings more emotional depth, also brings predictability.
Even though some of the action is familiar, Iron Man 3 deviates from the first two by forcing Stark to survive without his iron suits.
This brings a deeper element to consider whether the man is made by the suit, or the suit is made by the man inside it.
While the action is an improvement to the second film, which was all pyrotechnics, what really bumped this movie up a notch was its humor. Stark’s lines are hilarious, as are some of the minor characters. The dialogue is well-written and engaging.
Overall, the third film is distinctly different from the first two films of the trilogy. At times it had its lapses, but for the most part Iron Man 3 is riveting rather than repetitive.
I give it: 3/5 stars.
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