Iron Man 3
Release Date: May 3, 2013
Cast: Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Gywneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), Ben Kingsley (Mandarin), Don Cheadle (James Rhodes/Iron Patriot), Guy Pearce (Aldrich Killian)
Set after the events of “The Avengers” Iron Man 3 shows the mental side of Tony Stark. Tony Stark is a mess. The ending of “The Avengers” has Tony Stark questioning himself. Flying through a wormhole to deliver a nuke to the opposing alien forces is a tramatic event Stark is unable to overcome. As a distraction he creates 42 different Iron Man suits, one for every situation. The suit mainly seen throughout the entire movie is Mark 42. I don’t know if that number is ever brought up in the comics but I take 42 as a toss out to geeks, 42 being the answer to the universe and all. Mark 42 is a divided suit capable of being called to action by Stark’s mind. Mark 42 flies in pieces to assemble on Stark’s body. Mark 42 is a prototype with some glitchy software. In one scene Pepper makes Stark sleep in the bed with her. While sleeping Stark has a flashback to the events of The Avengers when he thought he wasn’t going to survive and in this moment Mark 42 is assembled and accidently almost attacks Pepper. Pepper is torn at this event and the movie is set. The mental instability is tearing not only Stark apart but the people around him.
In the Iron Man movie Franchise part one is still best with part 3 coming after that. Iron Man 3 is a good movie. Never really had a dull moment. Robert Downey Jr. is Iron Man. The movie franchise would not be where it is if not for the great actor who is 50 years old by the way. Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin is interesting. A british actor to play a character who is chinese in the comics, i.e The Mandarin. This is a character I have never seen Kingsley in and he did a good job, Oscar winning probably not but that’s not what the character was meant to be. My problem with the casting is and always will be Gywneth Paltrow. Pepper Potts is a terrible character. The main reason why Iron Man 2 was very underwhelming was the love story between Tony Stark and Pepper Potts. The sole reason Pepper Potts exists is to keep the movie from being a total dude fest (except for Black Widow in Iron Man 2). Don Cheadle also returns as Colonel James Rhodes in which is seriously his most undeniably worst character he has ever played, not a good fit.
The story has its twists at the end. Overall it is a good story. What I didn’t understand was why the Iron Man suit was affected so much by the heat powers of the villians. The heat powers completely disabled the suits once touched without any explanation. Maybe in the comics there is a reason for this but to the casual Marvel movie-goer this doesn’t really make sense. The villians are in fact so over powered I wonder why even have The Avengers protecting the Earth when the villians are manhandling Iron Man with ease. At this rate the Hulk would of been taken down. The villians are non-memorable. Walking out of the theater you will instantly forget about them. I honestly couldn’t tell you what the end game was for these villians. I can tell you what they were trying to achieve in the movie but why they were doing it is very unclear to me. In one scene of the movie Tony Stark actually states “this is about revenge, nothing else just good ole fashion revenge”. Okay the story is about revenge for both Tony Stark and the villians but still where was this leading to? If the villians succeeded in their plan what was next? Nothing. Too much thought spent on a Comic book movie, Perhaps.
Personally I think they completely missed on the soundtrack. Every time I heard any music I thought of another movie, Batman. To be particular in which Batman movie I would see in my head is Tim Burton’s Batman. The beginning rhythm sounds like the Danny Elfman theme but would go into another style. Nothing wrong with the soundtrack but it didn’t fit this movie. Quick side-note, Marvel movies have no identifiable music to them at all so never go into a Marvel movie expecting blockbuster music.
This is a good movie and if you haven’t seen it you should. With Downey’s contract being over we will all have to wait and see what happens with the future Iron Man and Avenger movies. One thing is sure Robert Downey is Iron Man and no one can replace him in the role.