Iron Man 3

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Posted May 2, 2013 by in

Rating

Total Score
 
 
 
 
 

3.5/ 5

Quick Stats

Genre: Action, Adventure
 
Director: Shane Black
 
MPAA Rating: PG-13
 
Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle
 
Length: 130 min
 
Release Date: May 3rd 2013
 
Studio: Marvel Studios, Paramount Pictures
 
 

What We Liked:

Great performances by Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow
 

What We Disliked:

Plot twists come out of nowhere
 
What We Thought

Downy Jr. is as good as ever as Tony Stark, but Iron Man 3 story suffers.

by Nick Rodriguez
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Watching Iron Man 3, I felt as if I was watching a would-be sequel to The Avengers with far fewer superheroes. Our hero Tony Stark / Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) is back, and this time clashes with The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), a vaguely Middle Eastern terrorist.  After The Mandarin commits an atrocity, Stark issues a public challenge to fight with him.

The scale of the battle is huge, and this time we see Tony at the losing end of this battle. The stakes are pushed higher when Pepper Pots (Gwyneth Paltrow) is thrown into danger. We get to see a side of Stark that we have never seen before. He is forced to throw his wealthy playboy persona out the window and build everything from the ground up. Downey Jr. handles this deftly–he was born to play Tony Stark.

But a single character can only take a movie so far. As we’ve seen in The Avengers and the first Iron Man, a comic book movie not only needs to understand its heroes (and villains), but the stories about them as well, and that really doesn’t happen here. ¬†Without spoiling anything, I’ll just say that certain plot twists come out of the blue, straying too far from the source material. Frankly, anyone who reads the comic books will feel betrayed–I certainly do.

As someone who’s read the Iron Man comics, I went into Iron Man 3 thinking that The Mandarin wasn’t going to be a good villain. The first act almost changed my mind, but late plot twists confirmed what I’d thought going in.

The final fight sequence is nothing short of spectacular, however, it didn’t make up for how badly mangled the plot is. Still, Iron Man 3 is worth seeing in theaters for the action, just don’t expect faithfulness to the Iron Man story.


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Nick Rodriguez


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