Iron Man 3 is a compelling sci-fi action film that stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, the repairman, creator, and identity of Iron Man. The story begins after the events of The Avengers film, where Tony had survived a monumental plummet from a wormhole.
Coping with that dramatic event has been a constant struggle and it haunts him nightly, preventing him from sleep. Meanwhile, his girlfriend Pepper Pots, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, worries for him constantly. Suddenly he is back in action when The President is threatened by a new Terrorist, known as The Mandarin. He is not alone though, as his friend Captain Rhodes (Don Cheadle) also hunts for The Mandarin in his newly named Iron Patriot suit (formerly War Machine).
Tony also is busy at home, trying to mend relations with Pepper, as well as working on his Mk 42 suit. Unfortunately, things take a turn for the worse when he threatens the Mandarin in anger. He definitely has his work cut out for him this time, and he faces all new dangers. See the film for more on that.
This movie had plenty of action and suspense, and was never lacking in comic relief. Downey plays his role flawlessly, as would be expected. After all, this is his fourth movie as Tony Stark. Paltrow and Cheadle never falter in their roles either and easily engage us right from the beginning. It was also enjoyable to see the Avengers movie have an impact on Tony’s personal story-line and I wholly expect the other Marvel movies to follow suit.
As always with the Iron Man movies, the soundtrack had great Rock songs and captivating special effects, especially in 3D. Smooth transitions from real life to CGI are nearly undetectable, with explosions and blasts being especially realistic. The suits are smoother and cooler than ever, with new functions surprising us at every turn. The cinematography and choreography of action scenes were better than ever, flawlessly showing off angles and shots that just a few years ago would have been thought impossible. They definitely were putting all that Avengers money to good use in this film.
Overall, this movie was a very good third. In my humble opinion, it outdoes Iron Man 2 in plot, acting, special effects, and nearly everything else. It was a fantastic threequel, and if a fourth Iron Man movie happens, I hope to see something similar, if not better. If you haven’t had the chance to see this movie yet, I would highly recommend it. At this point, you basically have to watch all of their movies to keep up with the Avengers sequel anyway. Spend the extra cash to see it in 3D and don’t forget to stick around for the after-credits scene!
Running time: 130 min.
This review was written by Jordan Landis.
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