Iron Man 3 Reviews
Iron Man 3 is the end of the Iron Man trilogy and it was quite good but lacks in some areas. The villain was different this time around, I liked it but they kind off messed up with The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). Also the changes in mood when *SPOILER* Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) sort off dies was a bit interruptive: Pepper sort off dies and not a minute after that there is a joke was implemented in the scene. But it does deal very well with the effects of PTSD that Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) has after the battle of New York. Overall it's a pretty ok movie and a good entry in the MCU.
Director: Shane Black
Lead Actors: Robert Downey Jr./ Gwyneth Paltrow
Don Cheadle/ Guy Pierce
"IRON MAN III" should have been the greatest accomplishment out of the films three series. The predecessors successfully succeeded in building a great reputation that was universally marvelous to audiences of all types which even included the anti graphic novelist. While watching this much anticipated blockbuster film I'd instantly noticed that it was not only done by a different director but that it had a completely new film crew from the previous two films causing the finale of a great trilogy unfortunately to severely sufferer from it! Overall I was extremely disappointed but fortunately for us, we now have "The Avengers" for any and all things Tony Stark in the future!
Now let's start the bad things off with undoubtedly the biggest complaint everyone has on this movie, the mandarin. It was just terrible. When the trailers came out it showed a villain worthy of the audience's fear, he was leader of a terrorist group, he wanted to fight the Avengers for thinking they were better than everyone else. He didn't care who he hurt, he was a threat. When it was revealed that he was an actor, the movie just stopped for me at that point. They tried to correct by having Killian say he was the true mandarin, but the damage to me was already done. I was looking forward to Iron man going back and fighting the terrorists that created him, not some whiny guy who got stronger and can apparently only breathe fire for show.
Another big problem I had was with the direction they took the new suits. I loved seeing all the different types of suits, what I didn't love was the fact that we never got to see what the different suits did. The promos showed, the space suit, the deep sea suit, the drill suit. I was speculating that the battles could be across different terrains and it was up to the suits to help Tony out of the situation. All they ended up doing was coming apart and flying about. It made them all feel the same and so, worthless. The only one that did anything different was Igor, which everyone thought would be the proto-hulkbuster, so having him literally used to hold up some metal poles felt a bit wasted.
I also didn't like the different types of Tony Stark we got in the film. We got a guy who was able to build suits no problem, but then we got a guy who was suffering PTSD after going through the wormhole in the Avengers. We then got the guy who built tech from a kid's toy in order to get into the hide out, which was then followed by a guy who didn't even know how to use a gun. His character felt all over the place and just didn't work for me. There was nothing in Avengers to say that he was suffering, and there was nothing afterwards. He has a fear of something coming but not sleepless nights. It just didn't work for me.
Verdict: Major Surgery
While this film did have some nice moments, overall it just did not work for me. I wanted an Iron man that had to face the demons of his past. The 10 rings, the fact that he had stared an alien race in the face, this new super human serum coming back from someone he had shrugged off could all have shown that Iron man's actions have consequences, but it ended up just being a forgettable movie that didn't progress the larger MCU in any way.