THE SETUP: The life of a genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist can be tough. This guy may have a live-in girlfriend that looks like Gwyneth Paltrow but he’s dealing with some pretty heady anxiety since he last saved the earth. Now a world terrorist wants to make his life suck a little more. Good thing he’s a genius, billionaire, philanthropist…with an iron fetish.
THE THOUGHTS: Marvel Entertainment has a pretty successful formula going right now, with one blockbuster after another racking in huge cash for themselves and their parent company, Disney. But, none of this would have been possible if they hadn’t taken a chance on a superhero no one knew about and an actor no one wanted to work with. Does it feel like only five years ago we met Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man? How does the latest installment stack up?
YAYS: For those still scarred by the second movie in the franchise, not to worry. This one is much more in line with the first film and the Avengers. I wouldn’t say it’s as good as either as those films but it definitely stacks up as one of the better super hero flicks. Shane Black (co-writer and director) definitely aims for a more character driven story with Downey spending far more time out of the armor than in it. Not to worry, he still can bring all the charm, angst and action that we’ve come to expect. I have to say though that Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin was definitely the surprise. From the trailer to his last appearance in the movie, his portrayal quickly becomes far more than a clichéd super baddie. The action and special effects are as impressive as you’d want for a super hero movie, and I’d include Paltrow in there (the woman doesn’t age and in this story, thankfully, has more to do).
NAYS: I’m never thrilled when comic super villains are one-dimensional. It’s the best ones that either are completely over the top (Dark Knight’s Joker) or those that actually believe what they are doing is for the right reasons (X-men’s Magneto or Spider-man 2’s Doctor Octopus) but that certainly isn’t Guy Pearce here. I have a very strict “no spoilers” policy but you can pretty much guess everything that’s coming or going with the character. The story of upgrading humans is cool enough to elevate him but that’s more the story, not the man. Rebecca Hall and Don Cheadle also didn’t have much to contribute, which is too bad because bother are great when they have something to work with.
Movie Review of IRON MAN 3 Rating:
4 stars – you’d recommend this. A great start to the 2013 summer movie season: Robert Downey Jr. charming the crap out of us while continually reminding us why we love comic book movies done well.
The Last Boy Scout (1991) – written by Shane Black, this movie is more flash than substance (thanks Tony Scott), and that can be just fine. Damon Wayans is a former quarterback who teams up with Bruce Willis’s cranky detective to solve a murder. If you like a 80s/90s nostalgia bonanza…tada.