As a lifelong fan of the Iron Man comics, I cannot begin to express to you the excitement I have held for this film since I heard the first rumor of it. As a reader of this article, you will be pleased to know the movie did not disappoint.
Iron Man 3 picks up right where The Avengers left off in Tony Stark’s saga. After the New York incident with those pesky aliens, our dear friend Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) finds himself stricken with a serious case of insomnia and anxiety. Not being able to sleep or venture out in public much, Stark spends most of his time in his lair working on his iconic suits. Meanwhile, in the Middle East, a dogmatized antagonist by the name of “The Mandarin” (Ben Kingsley) is wreaking havoc on America, specifically the president. Even with the help of the American government’s new secret weapon, The Iron Patriot – a red, white, and blue themed variation of the Iron Man suit – The Mandarin continues to torment the country with bombings, as well as his new breed of indestructible human warriors. Stark threatens him, and The Mandarin unleashes an attack on Stark’s lavish mansion, destroying everything. Soon after, Tony sets off on a mission to take down the terrorist, as well as save his leading lady, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), from the grips of death. After many exciting twists, turns, and explosions fiery enough to warm any pyro-lover’s heart, Iron Man 3 ends in a fanfare that only a billionaire could deliver.
Marvel has once again decided to pull out its cauldron and stir up its special brand of movie magic. This time we see the usual ingredients in the potion, such as fancy cars, stunning special effects, useless government security, and an attractive actor playing a well-beloved superhero. A few other ingredients come in the form of surprising plot twists, swift banter, and wit that only Stark could deliver. Even though the movie follows the typical Marvel blueprint for its blockbusters, I must applaud director, Shane Black, on adding elements that help the film to follow the standard while remaining unique. Just as the plot begins to veer into a predictable direction, the train jumps the tracks and tries to steer away from what its comic book counterparts would usually deliver. This movie will build you up to the point of extreme emotion in one moment and then have you laughing in the next. Trust me – you will get a lot of good laughs.
We’ve come to know Tony through the last two films, as well as The Avengers as the arrogant, self-centered, rich playboy, but Black really aims to recreate Stark’s image in this installment of the franchise. Most of Downey’s screen time is spent outside of the suit, which adds a vulnerability to the character while making him more relatable. Tony Stark’s adolescent behavior is counteracted in this film by an actual adolescent named Harley (Ty Simpkins), which adds a very endearing and enjoyable element to the story, as well as further humanizing the amazing Iron Man.
Typically a 3 behind a title is a sign that you should probably spend your money elsewhere, but not in this case. The third time really is a charm. As usual nowadays, stay after the credits!