Monday, May 6, 2013
Iron Man 3 review; a nice addition to a wildly popular franchise
I've been waiting a long time for Iron Man 3. And I don't mean since The Avengers last year. I mean, since that hot mess of a sequel, Iron Man 2. The first film in the franchise, starring Robert Downey Jr. as our ironclad hero (Tony Stark), was great. It featured a relatively unknown character, a rehabilitated actor and a tone all its own. The sequel was a stinker, for the most part. And now, Iron Man makes his triumphant return. Let's go!
What I liked about the film:
Robert Downey Jr. is such an incredible actor. In this film, he gets to play his usual, funny parts; but with much more of a dramatic spin. Tony Stark just hasn't been the same since the events that took place in The Avengers. He knows there is more at stake now a days, and must do everything in his power to protect the ones he loves. So it's an interesting thing to see such an arrogant man worry about such fundamental things. And RDJ does a fine job of not 'overacting' it. Gwyneth Paltrow is wonderful as Tony's girlfriend, Pepper Potts. She is a much bigger part of the action this go around, and really sells it. Don Cheadle and Jon Favreau do well in their limited time onscreen. Guy Pearce plays a mystery character, and we don't know which side he's on. Pearce played this delicately and definitely had me guessing which side he was on.
Shane Black and Drew Pearce wrote a good script that has so much of what we love about the Iron Man character. I'll tell you what you've probably already heard... the movie is hilarious. It is so well written, and so witty, you can't help but love these characters. Now the story is something else entirely, and I'll get to that in a moment.
Ben Kingsley is a legend. And he plays one hell of a villain in this film. The Mandarin is a Middle Eastern terrorist. He is out to show the world that Tony Stark and Iron Man, are not enough to protect them. Kingsley's costume, hair, make-up, voice, accent and general demeanor are terrific. He is a terrifying presence onscreen.
What I didn't like about the film:
Rebecca Hall's acting, I really do. But she served no purpose to this film. Without spoiling anything; I understand WHY she was in the film, but still think they could have done without her character. I don't know much about the Iron Man comics, but I really didn't see the need for her character. I will tiptoe around this one because of huge twist in the film. But I didn't like the way a certain character was portrayed in the film. The character just isn't supposed to be like that. If you know what I'm talking to, let's keep it spoiler free here; but I must say I was really disappointed with the way it was handled.
Better Than Part 2, But Still Not The Best