Iron Man 3 Review

The Avengers was released last year, it was like the mother of all super hero films and now Marvel’s going back to their solo hero films in a build up to The Avengers 2, they are calling it phase 2.

But seriously as a fan, I’ve seen The Avengers man, I’m not sure I can settle for a solo Marvel hero film. Well they thought of everything, they gave us Robert Downey Jr to kick off phase 2.

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The Plot

Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

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The Verdict

Let’s start with the most obvious, this movie takes a different tone from it’s previous 2 installments. In fact I would go as far as saying it’s different from The Avengers and that’s a question I’m sure will be on many people’s minds. I mean how do you outdo something like The Avengers? Well here’s where getting Director Shane Black involved marks a smart move.

What he’s done is to create a movie that’s Lethal Weapon meets Iron Man. You’ve got 2 characters from different backgrounds much like Mel Gibson and Danny Glover but in Iron Man 3, the dynamics switch between Tony Stark and Pepper Potts and Tony Stark and James Rhodes which worked well if you ask me. It’s not so much about the flashy side but a more personal story. This is the Iron Man movie unlike the previous ones.

This is the first post-Avengers Phase Two Marvel movie and while it hardly does anything outrageous to reinvent their tone, we’ve got a more story centred film and in a way this more “personal” tone sort of moves the film into different genre territory.

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In particular I loved Don Cheadle in this film, and it says a lot because I didn’t like him in Iron Man 2 but in this one we get to see the military Col James Rhodes, the skills he has as a military guy and the job he’s got to do on one end being Tony’s friend and the other working for the government. There’s a sense of realism in this film with questions and possibilities on terrorism in real life and what any government might feel after you see a band of super friends save the world.

As a hero, your super friends are gone, you’ve been a part of something more, what now? And that’s the struggle we see Tony Stark deal with. He gets anxiety attacks, how brilliant is that? We often forget that while this guy behaves like he’s larger than life with his genius of a mind and all the money he has, he is still after all just a human being.

Shane Black has breathed new life into the Iron Man franchise and he hasn’t exactly taken cue from other superhero films by going towards the more dark tone, instead he’s opted for a personal film and he’s added in the right amount of comedy elements as well. It’s a classic action film just with the superhero elements and it certainly was not over the top. If you loved Lethal Weapon like I did, then yeah this is the best of both worlds! Of course, it’s a Marvel film so make sure you stay till the end of the credits.

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

The film suggests that we are just beginning to get to know this character and at the final credit of the film that says “Tony Stark will return”, you can bet that’s a promise they will fulfill.

By Elliott Danker

Marvel’s Iron Man 3 opens in cinemas 26 April

Images courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Singapore

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