Movie Review: Iron Man 3 (2013)

Posted: May 10, 2013 in Drama
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Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) reminisces about his early days as an inventor in 1999.  Tony wrote half a chemical formula on a napkin in 1999, and fellow inventor Aldridge Killian (Guy Pearce) wants Tony to join his fledgling company AIM, but Tony never does, he leaves Killian and one-night stand Maya Hanson (Rebecca Hall) behind to make oodles of money in the weapons business.  Tony has more pressing problems, he is having anxiety attacks from surviving an attack on New York (featured in the Avengers movie) and a terrorist named the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) is wreaking havoc on America and the world with a series of random bombings.  Tony challenges Mandarin to bomb his house, Mandarin obliges, reducing Tony’s house to rubble. Another of the bombings seriously injures friend and former bodyguard Happy Hogan. (Jon Favreau)  While Rhodey Rhodes (Don Cheadle) tries to find Mandarin in Pakistan,  Tony is analyzing heat signatures from the bombings.

The analysis leads him to Tennessee, to an apparent suicide of a soldier. A little kid named Harley (Ty Sympkins ) escorts Tony through the small town in Tennessee.  Harley helps Tony with his anxiety, Tony helps Harley through some bullying issues, the more Tony investigates the heat signatures from the bomb that killed that soldier in Tennessee, the less he thinks it’s a suicide.  When he comes back home from Tennessee, who dos he see but Maya, who’s now a successful biologist.  Why is Maya back in her life?  The Mandarin is now threatening the President of the United States, President Ellis. (William Sadler)  Much to his surprise, Iran Man tracks Mandarin to Miami.  Can he stop The Mandarin before he harms the President?

I liked Iron Man 3 a lot, the reason is simple, this movie had a story, and several subplots, unlike the Avengers, which had no story or subplots, and as overrun by a juvenile overreliance on special effects.  This had interesting characters.  There is a twist to the Mandarin character, which I’m still deciding if I like or don’t, but at least it showed some complexity, as did the Killian character. Sure the relationship between the kid and Stark was manipulative and shamelessly tearjerking, but it showed that the character was just some guy in a metal suit.  Towards the end of the movie, the special effects do take over the movie and that bothered me. At times, Jarvis seemed to have more to do than Tony Stark. This is not a flawless movie.  Despite that, this is a much better movie than Iron Man Two.  It approaches the first Iron Man movie, but falls short.  It is still a very entertaining film.

The performance of Robert Downey Jr. makes this movie more enjoyable than it should be.  He gives a performance that is both comic and dramatic at once.  He is Tony Stark, he’s lived that life and the ease with which he plays the character shows.  Guy Pearce also gives a standout performance, burning with intensity.  Pearce is a very good actor.  Ben Kingsley is one of my favorite actors and he doesn’t disappoint.  It is disappointing to see Don Cheadle reduced to window dressing as Rhoadey Rhodes, but I’ve always said Terrence Howard was better as Rhodes, and this movie doesn’t change my mind.  Gwyneth Paltrow continues to annoy me in her role as Pepper Potts, despite being given more to do.

The writing is above average for an action adventure.  The direction is not spectacular, but keeps things moving along.  The 3D effects are worth the extra price of a 3D ticket.  This is one of the few movies I’ve felt that way about.   One continuing pet peeve, is the product placement.  Does the director have to make it so damn obvious? Can’t the producers raise enough money without turning the movie into a huge commercial?  It really ruins some shots, and nobody cares.  That annoys me.

Iron Man 3.  Still no signs of rust.

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