As the title says, I saw Iron Man 3 today and would like to give a short review for this week’s blog post. It’s a short review because I don’t want to give too much away about this movie. Before I really dive into the movie, let me just say that if you haven’t seen Iron Man 1 and 2 AND Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, you probably should. There’s a lot of references to those movies in this one. I know that’s a big commitment, but two of those 3 movies are awesome and Iron Man 2 was at least watchable.
I liked this movie a lot. If I had to put a ranking on this trilogy, I’d put the first one as my favorite, this one as second favorite, and Iron Man 2 bringing up the rear because it really was just a big commercial for The Avengers. IM3 is probably the funniest of the bunch with a lot of witty one liners from Robert Downey Jr and even a sassy kid sidekick for a little of the movie.
Speaking of the kid sidekick, I thought he was one of the best parts of the movie. The kid did a fantastic job acting and you could really tell that he was having a blast filming with RDJ. The kid, whose name I really should learn, also got some of the best lines of the movie as well. He was just a great character.
The acting from the other people was decent as well. Don Cheadle did good as Rhodes, officially making him the longest recurring actor playing that role. Gwyneth Paltrow did a decent job as Pepper Potts, even if she felt as generic as ever in spots. RDJ was equally as brilliant in the title role as he’s ever been. Ben Kingsley in his role is, in a word, brilliant. Whenever he was on screen, he stole the show. The secondary villain in this movie, though, felt really half assed. He was acted well, but he just seemed too silly for this universe.
As a whole, the action is decent. Some of it has the problems of being too close or too far for the viewers to really make out what’s going on. This is even more noticeable of a problem when you realize that I saw this movie in 3D. Still, the action kept my attention the whole way through.
So, Iron Man 3 has our titular hero facing off a terrorist named the Mandarin. I went into this movie, as I go into all comic book movies, without knowing a thing about the source material. From what I hear, that’s probably the best way to go into this movie. According to my comic book nerd friend Chris, author of the Starbolts webcomic, they completely destroyed the Mandarin in the movie. While the changes didn’t bother me too much, there were a few “unbelievable elements” in this story.
I know, right? Imagine, something unbelievable in a superhero movie. But hear me out. The plot involves making people explode without the aid of a bomb. Not spontaneous combustion either. Human bodies just exploding in a massive fireball at planned times. Yes, it is as ridiculous as it sounds.
In conclusion, this is a decent action flick with a ridiculous plot and some of the most hilarious writing of this trilogy. If you’re even halfway interested, I suggest giving it a watch. It might be sillier than most comic flicks, but it’s still a solid movie. Solid as iron… That was a bad joke, I’m sorry. Allow me to finish this post before I embarrass myself further.