Movie Blog: Iron Man 3

So the summer movie blockbuster season has officially kicked off with the unleashed in cinemas of Iron Man 3 with Robert Downey Jr. reprising his role as Tony Stark and I can definitely say it was the most awaited movie of the year for me. It is one of the most beloved series of Marvel.

I haven’t been going to movies as much lately, but there’s one I can promise I’m going to make time to see: Iron Man 3. Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, and Don Cheadle are all back; I like director Shane Black’s work, and its superheroes! Ya’ll know I love superheroes.

Well obviously it’s not just me who is hype and turning like a little child to watch Iron Man 3, yes because I was, to be honest. It’s one of the most awaited movies of the year. So now that Iron Man 3 is finally showing, what can I say about the movie?

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Again — it’s a massive, massive spoiler so, if you don’t want to know, please go away. Beware. Seriously.

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Wow, still here? Okay.

“We create our own demons.”

So goes the very first line of this three-quel, opening to massive expectations and no doubt, box office following Iron Man’s last triumphant movie as part of the superhero powerhouse which was The Avengers.

Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as billionaire Tony Stark – who, has been off the superhero scene, distancing himself from everyone and struggling with his inner demons. And, this time around, he is suffering a little anxiety attack from PTSD following the events at the end of the alien invasion masterminded by Loki during post-Avengers’ incidents. As he deals with this completely out of character crisis of confidence he’s suddenly faced with one of the greatest terrorist threats mankind has seen, The Mandarin.

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Facing a distinct lack of sleep, Stark has been distancing himself from the love of his life Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), who’s working hard at Stark Industries and is choosing to dwell on building other Iron Man suits within his basement.

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The trailer didn’t really reveal a predictable story line as well giving this 3rd movie a fresher plot. The trailer portrayed the movie to be dark and challenging, which is unfortunately nothing like the movie. The trailer built up to The Mandarin, which completely falls on its face. But I couldn’t mention the spotlight without a nod to The Mandarin (Ben Kinglsey), is a fabulous addition to the group of Marvel baddies, who was set up in the trailer so awesomely as the main antagonist…He’s just an actor in the movie, a “mascot” for the terrorist group – he didn’t even know he was working for terrorists! Haha to say too much about this bearded Bin Laden-esque terrorist.

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Then there’s Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), is yet another villain of Stark’s making. The film serves up plenty of spectacle – explosions, chases and brilliantly choreographed fight scenes. Pepper Potts finally gets something more than her usual role proving to be the perfect match for Stark. And yes she finally gets the suit. Gwyneth Paltrow and Rebecca Hall (Maya Hansen) certainly add more to the characters.

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The rapport between Stark and Harley (Ty Simpkins), the young kid he meets who will not only enable him to overcome his PTSD but also become an unlikely pre-young sidekick significantly enlivens the film.

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Robert Downey Jr. is forever brilliant as Tony Stark and he explores more of the character. What more? Iron Man 3 turned out to be quite a smart continuation, focusing on Tony Stark’s coping with his post-Avengers struggles and self-reassurance of his superhero capabilities as a natural human being. The dialogues are hilarious, very human and these characteristics make their actions heroic indeed. Use of cool, amazing and high technology for the Iron Man suits was pretty awesome.

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The level of entertainment makes the movie’s obvious flaws and plot holes very forgivable for me. They managed to balance the film to be an adrenaline-pumping action flick with a healthy dose of comedy. The most surprising element of Iron Man 3 though, is just how funny it is. Dry wit and banter from every character make the two hours whip by and manage to lift the mood in almost every scene. The line exchanges of jokes were really much more hilarious than the past two Iron Man movies. RDJ is on top form this time out with the script having the audience laughing loudly and continuously throughout. I can’t help but think at how very intelligent and crazy (in a good way) the script was written. Intermixed with the comedy are the action sequences. There’s nothing like blowing stuff up, major explosions and lots and lots of Iron Man suits to get the edge of the seat high you get from the big screen.

Of course what’s an Iron Man movie without some man-in-a-suit-of-armor action? Tony! Tony! Tony! Tony! Admit it! The real reason why Iron Man is so cool is because of the oh-so-ubercool-and-unconventional – superhero.

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Will it lead to an Iron Man 4?

That’s the big question – with the Iron Man 3 ending feeling like a kind of wrap up, and Downey Jr’s contract being finished with the role, you’d have to wonder if this is the end for Stark. But given this latest performance, he’s irreplaceable – and Marvel would be hard pressed to bring anyone else into a role which Downey Jr. has made so emphatically his own.

Oh, and make sure you stick around for the obligatory post credits sequence at the end….Yes, of course there is, it’s Marvel. But probably not worth the time waiting. Hihihi :))

According to Latino Review, here’s the post credits sequence:

“It starts with a close shot of Tony Stark on a couch talking about his various traumas, obviously he’s talking to someone, as if he was seeing a shrink, the tone of the scene is light and supposedly funny. Then we discover that the person he’s talking to is Bruce Banner/Mark Ruffalo, who fell asleep because of Tony’s boring story. Tony remarks that Banner has been sleeping during the most part of his story and yells at him and Banner just mumbles and says “You know, I’m not that kind of doctor!” Then Tony recalls another memory and resumes his monologue, and then we see Banner starting to fall asleep again.”

As with all big releases, Iron Man 3 is available in 2D, 3D and iMax, I’ve seen it in 2D and honestly there’s nothing to warrant the extra spend, unless of course you prefer the 3D format. Whatever way you choose to see it, do see it; it’s set to be one of the blockbusters of the summer.

Overall, hands-down. It was an insanely watchable, super fun, well paced action movie. With enough action going on around, it will be a bad choice if you think you can just watch this on a DVD (unless of course you have cinema-like home theater system). Although this film has its flaws, it won’t stop you from thoroughly enjoying the ride. Amazing, just amazing! I wouldn’t decline to watch it twice at all! :)

Go and see Iron Man 3!!!!

Here’s the trailer for those who haven’t watch it in the big screen:
Check out the video featurette below to know more about the film:
A quick video guide to everything you need to know about Tony Stark, the Armored Avenger himself, in anticipation of Iron Man 3!
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