THE ARC REACTOR POWERED, CAST IRON, REPULSOR-PROOF TRILOGY
Disney and Marvel’s third film in the Iron Man series was thrilling and had audiences on the edge of their seat. The film opens up by taking the viewer back in time to 1999. There, you see the arrogant, egotistical playboy version of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Fast forward to present day and meet the new Tony. Though he is still full of his wit and charisma, something is off. Stark is skittish, unable to sleep, full of anxiety, and uneasy. This is due to past events of fighting off aliens last summer in The Avengers. He spends his days and nights building suit after suit.
From start to finish, there wasn’t a dull moment. Ambitious and full of action from the get-go; the scenes were executed flawlessly. The visual effects are intense, crisp, and fun. Prepare for many fiery explosions. It wasn’t just violent action. Many ariel aerobatics took place, from switching suits mid-jump, to sky soaring rescues; there is no shortage of action.
One thing I did not expect was so much comedy. Laughter was definitely something I experienced more than I ever expected to while watching the film. When you think of Iron Man, the first thing that comes to mind is action and maybe some wit. But, this was more of an action-comedy. It was refreshing and a nice surprise to add some comedic flair. Kudos for the comedy.
Unfortunately, there was one aspect that I was not so crazy about: the lack of iron. The movie took on a more human approach, more Tony Stark and a little less Iron Man. In part three, after taking some hard hits and not having enough power to charge his prototype suit, Tony has to be Iron Man but without the suit. This proves to be a hard task to do.
Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), Tony’s lady, actually shows a purpose in this film. Usually, we see Pepper as the head of Stark Industries, but this time around there is a bit more depth to her character. It is a nice change from the boring suits and ponytails. It only took three movies.
After some destruction, Stark flees Malibu and finds refuge in a small Tennessee town, thus taking him out of his element and comfort. He stumbles across a barn where he meets a young boy, Harley (Ty Simpkins), with whom Tony grows to have a deep connection with. Harley helps Stark in his time of crisis, and even tries to support him through his anxiety attacks after the attack on his home by the Madarin. With his brave personality and Starky wit, Harley steals his scenes and proves to be an asset to the film.
Overall, I must say this was my favorite of the three Iron Man films. The changes behind the scenes with new director and co-writer Shane Black is presumably to credit for this upgrade. I give Iron Man 3 an 8/10. I guess they did save the best for last. But wait, does that mean it is the end of the road for Iron Man? You tell me.