Iron Man 3

Summary:

Iron Man 3 is easily the most different out of the series. The movie features really impressive action sequences that are some of the best in the entire Marvel series. The fast comedic timing and charismatic persona helps to make Iron Man 3 the funniest Iron Man entry to date. The story is darker and the threats are bigger but this dark tone clashes with the movie’s silly sense of humor. The execution of Iron Man 3 leaves a lot to be desired and still struggles to find a compelling villain for Tony to face. Although the movie faces a few set backs, it’s always a pleasure to see Tony Stark on screen and Iron Man 3 is no exception in this solid summer blockbuster.

Big man in a suit of armor. Take that off, what are you? The question was posed in The Avengers (2012) and with the release of Iron Man 3 this past Friday we finally get to see the idea explored a bit further. I was very excited for Iron Man 3 on multiple levels, mainly wondering how they would create a stand-alone movie now that the marvel worlds have finally collided. Would Iron Man 3 be able to recapture the magic that made the first Iron Man a hit or would it be caught merely setting pawns in place for the next Avengers mash up?

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After the events in The Avengers, Tony Stark has had a hard time coming to grips with the aftermath. Striving to ensure that he can protect the ones he loves he has created a multitude of suits that have been distracting from his normal life. Meanwhile the mysterious terrorist known as the Mandarin has been causing a series of bombings while delivering televised threats to the American public. When Stark calls out the Mandarin on television, he finds himself with a bull’s eye on his back and is faced with an enemy that is a major threat to his way of life.

Iron Man 3 is definitely the most different of the trilogy both in presentation and tone. The director duties have been handed down from Jon Favreau to Shane Black and the style is noticeably different, which isn’t necessary a bad thing. Although the movie doesn’t shy away from referencing the other Avengers it manages to feel like it’s own Iron Man centric story. Although some explanation for why the other super heroes were away while a terrorist threatened the country would have been nice, I was pleased to see that this character driven story didn’t feel like a pawn in setting up The Avengers Phase 2 arc. The overall tone of the movie is much darker than the first two and the threats are bigger. The movie’s not without its quick wit and laughs though. In fact Iron Man 3 walks away as easily the funniest entry in the Iron Man series.

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It’s been said before and it’ll be said again, Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark. Downey provides another incredible performance that brings back his quick comedic timing as well as a dark emotional component not yet seen from the series. Iron Man 3 is very much a Tony Stark centric story and deals with the man outside the suit more than being the hero that saves the day. The question posed in The Avengers lingers with Tony and we see him strive to prove that he is more than just a man in a can. Personally this aspect is interesting but it runs into the same problem that The Dark Knight Rises ran into which is creating a super hero movie without the ‘super hero’. Stark spends majority of the film outside the suit and it’s here that we see him put to the test when he has been stripped of all his power and support. There’s a lot of growth here for Stark and his starting over journey reveals his true power, ingenuity. I was disappointed that the posttraumatic stress wasn’t as tightly woven into Tony’s arc as strongly as it could have been. Aside from a few throw away lines here or there we don’t get to see much of this anxiety detailed and the execution comes across as poorly done. In fact Iron Man 3’s execution leaves a lot to be desired on multiple facets.

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Iron Man 3 struggles to find a perfect balance between a silly sense of humor and a dark story, resulting in an overall conflicting tone. The pacing of the film feels off and this is mainly due to unclear motivations and missed story opportunities. The Iron Man series has always struggled with finding an interesting enough villain for Tony to face and the third iteration is no different. The Mandarin’s motivations aren’t very clear and overall the character feels a bit convoluted. There are a few impressive surprises but the execution of them comes across as bold but ultimately disappointing in hindsight. The movie touches the extremis plot line and introduces some really cool enemies but there’s never a defining moment that separates them from cannon fodder.

Despite its setbacks I still really enjoyed Iron Man 3. The movie features some of the best action sequences out of all the Marvel movies. The high-octane thrills are captivating and seeing Tony at work is as satisfying as it has ever been.  The movie is fun, exciting and everything you would expect from a summer blockbuster. The relationship between Rhodey and Stark, though brief, is humorous and the back and forth banter is fluid. Gwyneth Paltrow pleasantly has a few moments to shine on screen and it’s definitely worth the time. It’s a shame that the movie suffered from some lack luster executions because the potential was there for Iron Man 3 to make its claim as the best film in the series. The themes, the villain, and the dire sense of urgency are there but the struggling tone and weak execution hurts the movie overall. Still, it’s always a pleasure to see Tony Stark on screen and his charming personality easily carries the film.

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Iron Man 3 is easily the most different out of the series. The movie features really impressive action sequences that are some of the best in the entire Marvel series. The fast comedic timing and charismatic persona helps to make Iron Man 3 the funniest Iron Man entry to date. The story is darker and the threats are bigger but this dark tone clashes with the movie’s silly sense of humor. The execution of Iron Man 3 leaves a lot to be desired and still struggles to find a compelling villain for Tony to face. Although the movie faces a few set backs, it’s always a pleasure to see Tony Stark on screen and Iron Man 3 is no exception in this solid summer blockbuster.

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