Last Friday, I got to see the third installment in the Iron Man series. Does it live up to the hype? I would say so.
The plot here is a typical super-hero plot. Some guy Tony Stark met years ago has now invented something called Extremis which causes humans to regenerate wounds (even body parts) and turn into super-soldiers. To be honest, I wasn’t too impressed with this.
What’s under this plot is a psychologically damaged Tony Stark trying to come to grips with what happened in The Avengers. I want to point out that one of my main concerns for this movie was if this was going to be before or after The Avengers happened, and I think it’s awesome to see that the movie (and I assume future Marvel films) will now all take place after The Avengers, meaning the characters are all affected by what happened.
Robert Downey Jr. once again is a star. Ever since Iron Man, I’ve loved him as Tony Stark, and it feels like he’s only become more of the character now. Don’t get me wrong, Gwyneth Paltrov (Pepper Pots), Don Cheadle (James Rhodes), and even Guy Pearce as the new villain, Aldrich Killian are all great, but Robert really steals the show.
I also have to give credit to the writing team here because, despite being the third movie, Iron Man 3 is still very funny; funnier than most modern-day comedies, I would say, and I think that’s impressive considering comedy films are made to make people laugh.
There’s really not much to say here, as the setting is pretty much the same as its been in all the Marvel films: modern-day USA.
I do want to point out that there is a lot less action in Iron Man 3, and instead focuses in on Tony as a character and how he’s dealing with what happened after The Avengers. This may seem off-putting, but I assure you, it’s still just as engaging.
If you’re a fan of the Marvel films or the Iron Man series, I would definitely recommend this. It’s not perfect, by any means, but I think it ranks a little higher than Iron Man 2.
Rating: 4 out of 5 (stars)