And we officially kick the summer blockbuster movies season with a big one!
Iron Man 3 is the first movie off from the Marvel Universe Phase 2, which will (correct me if I’m wrong) eventually lead to the second installment of The Avengers movie. In this third sequel, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), who subjects himself to a terrible case of an anxiety attack, faces a new threat whose reach knows no bounds – a bin Laden-esque terrorist that goes by the name of The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). The Mandarin uses the power of the internet and broadcasting to pose a serious threat.
When everything is lost and Stark finds his personal world destroyed and his closest friend’s life jeopardized, he embarks on a journey to find the ones responsible. As he fights his way back, Stark makes a resolution to the question that has secretly bothered his life: does the man make the suit, or does the suit make the man?
I think this movie benefited tremendously from The Avengers movie’s success. As of writing, Iron Man 3 has surpassed The Avengers in the overseas box office with a staggering $195.3 Million!
Director Shane Black, whose works include Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (with Downey Jr. too) and Lethal Weapon, managed (together with Writer Drew Pearce) to fuse sci-fi, adventure, action, and comedy into one gigantic outing. Iron Man 3 is undeniably entertaining, it’s like a roller coaster ride through an explosion of visual effects with a lot of heart stopping bumps and turns that will leave you wanting even more.
The role of Tony Stark is tailor-made for Robert Downey Jr., comic book fans would definitely agree. I mean, there is no one on this planet that can portray Stark as good as Downey Jr. Other returning cast includes Gwyneth Paltrow whose role as Pepper Potts becomes more interesting than the first two Iron Mans, Don Cheadle as the patriotic and dependable James Rhodes/War Machine, and Jon Favreau as the ever likable Happy. New blood comes out with the inclusion of Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian, the creator of the Extremis, Rebecca Hall as a girl from Tony Stark’s past, and of course Ben Kingsley.
I am disappointed with what they did to The Mandarin. The Mandarin has got to be one of the major arch nemeses of Tony Stark and his ten rings have different powers (ice blast, electric blast, can alter time and space just to name a few) that would put Iron Man in a pretty bad shape. I was expecting to see huge action scenes between Iron Man and The Mandarin because that would be beyond awesome, but all we got were hot-headed (pun intended) Terminator-like soldiers. The movie trailer pretty much misled us. Ben Kingsley is flawless as The Mandarin and he is absolutely exceptional for the role. Having said that, I think Ben Kingsley was not exploited that much on this film. Had they focused more on the comic version of The Mandarin and did not emulate the Ra’s al Ghul concept of Batman Begins, Iron Man 3 would have been perfect.
Don’t get me wrong, the action scenes were badass! It’s so cool to see how they use the Iron Man suit in so many incredible ways with a little bit of humor, wit, and pure awesomeness! The action scenes alone are reasons enough why you should go out and watch this film. Iron Man 3, for me, is one of the best Marvel Superhero Movies to date.
4.5 out of 5 stars