I have never seen any of the Iron Man films so I didn’t really know what to expect out of the franchise. I did know that the franchise was extremely successful (why would they make three films) and that Robert Downey Jr. made an awesome superhero. Iron Man 3 is the “conclusion” of the trilogy that follows our hero after the “difficult” parts of his life are over.
Warning: This review contains spoilers.
Here are 5Takeaways from Iron Man 3.
1. Robert Downey Jr. may be the defining actor of our generation.
When I first heard that Robert Downey Jr. was going to be cast as Iron Man many years ago I was really surprised. Downey Jr. had been a dramatic actor for his entire career in films like Less than Zero, Natural Born Killers, Soapdish and Weird Science. He even received an Academy Award nomination for playing Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin. Then he had his legal troubles. In April of 2006 he was arrested for possessing heroin, cocaine and a loaded handgun. Then in 1999 he failed a drug test and was arrested once more. Woody Allen actually wanted to cast him in the 2005 film Melinda and Melinda but he couldn’t insure the actor. Finally by 2008, things turned around.
He did small films like A Scanner Darkly and Zodiac. He acted in big blockbusters like Tropic Thunder. And he now has two franchises that are extremely successful, Sherlock Holmes and Iron Man. In Iron Man 3 he’s amazing. He has a great knack at delivery comical dialogue while being serious at the same time. Tony Stark puts up a front. He tries to seem extremely confident, which is bolstered by his intelligence and money, but he is still sensitive. Downey Jr. is able to tip-toe this line very well. Only in American can you go from a drug-addicted, gun wielding addict to one of the nation’s most well-respected actors.
2. Shane Black does a great job in directing and writing.
Shane Black has had a similar up-and-down career as Robert Downey Jr. except for the drug addiction and gun charges. He was a major writer in the 80s and wrote screenplays like Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2, The Last Boy Scout, Last Action Hero. After a bomb with The Long Kiss Goodnight, Black was relegated to obscurity until directing Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (an awesome movie). Black’s specialty is buddy cop comedies that are suspenseful in addition to biting comedy.
Jon Faveau directed the first two Iron Man films, but I guess the studio wanted to breath some new life into the series. In Iron Man 3, Black demonstrates the best in his ability. The script is screamingly fun, but still suspenseful in action packed. He brings new life to the Iron Man series (I would think). It’s not really a superhero movie I would say. It’s actually kind of a buddy cop comedy action movie with Robert Downey Jr. teaming with Don Cheadle and a young kid. And Robert Downey Jr. is perfect for delivering Black’s lines. He talks extremely quickly and is great at delivering the deadpan humor.
3. There are some great supporting performances.
I know I say this a lot in my movie reviews but supporting performances are really important in any movie. In my opinion, many times main performances can be boring and in the supporting roles, actors are given more latitude to steal scenes. Gwyneth Paltrow, playing Pepper Potts is really good and is able to give Tony Stark the emotional element he needs. Don Cheadle is great. A really good counterpart to Stark’s know it all attitude. Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley play the villains and there is a really good twist to their performance (more on that later). There is even a cameo from Happy Endings’ Adam Palley. They all add a lot to the film.
4. There is a really good twist to the villain.
Throughout the first half of the movie you are under the impression that Ben Kingsley playing the “Mandarin” is the villain. He records all these videos where he wears this heavy Asian influenced garment. He interrupts video broadcasts to “teach lessons” to the American people. He blows up bombs in foreign countries, blows up a bomb at the Chinese theater in Hollywood and even “murders” an oil executive. You are under the impression that Guy Pearce is actually working for the Mandarin. The bombs are actual humans. They go under this experimental surgery that is supposed to have them grow limbs. Instead, they become unstable and explode.
Later in the film as Tony Stark arrives on the compound he discovers that the Mandarin is actually a British actor who is simply playing the role of the Mandarin. Guy Pearce is the brains behind the operation. He tells Stark the key to his plan was “anonymity.” He was successful in that, but in the end not all goes well.
5. It’s a really good film.
Iron Man 3 is really awesome. It’s fun, funny and action-packed. With all the Christopher Nolan Batman films and this new Superman film coming out, it’s nice to see that superhero movies can still be fun, which Iron Man 3 is. It’s odd that the movies from the DC Universe all seem to be dark, when the Marvel Comics are your regular superhero movies.
I give the film an A-.
What did you think of the film?