Iron Man 3 (2013)

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Directed By: Shane Black

Written By: Drew Pearce and Shane Black

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Don Cheadle

He’s back.. and with a heart (pun intended).

The third installment in the Iron Man series does not provide much variation from the other two. Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) is all over the place in this one. At one point he is the same, cocky, arrogant, lovable guy that we’ve seen in the previous films (especially the first), but in the very next scene he is breaking into full on anxiety attacks. Stark and Pepper Potts (Paltrow) are now in a committed relationship, which takes away from any random Tony Stark one-night-stands (unless there’s a flashback..). Who’s the villan? Well, there’s a new terrorist in town that fans of the comic book will know that goes by The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), and viewers will be shocked when they get to meet him. There’s also an unappreciated villainous mastermind in Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) that comes in to shake things up. Iron Man 3 has one of the better superhero plots, but its lack of execution is where the problem lies.

Would you really trust a relatively unknown director with your $200 million? Marvel did, and it did not pay off. There are moments in Iron Man 3 that had great written potential (i.e. plane rescue scene), but the execution was flawed. The only fault that can attribute to this is the director. My only advice to Marvel can be to get some more experienced people working on their projects. Or is it possible that no acclaimed director wants to take up a film with so much hype surrounding it? Is that why The Dark Knight trilogy was so successful? This is the only reason this reviewer can provide for Marvel’s decision.

With that being said, the writing was far from perfect. Can someone please explain to me why for two movies in a row, the Iron Man movies have not featured very much Iron Man? Until viewers meet The Mandarin, he is a fascinating character, but his comical entrance is ultimately disappointing. Writers Drew Pearce and Shane Black rely too heavily on cheesy one-liners. At the end (or during) every “exciting” scene there is an unnecessary one-liner given by Tony Stark or sometimes Pepper Potts.

Stark and Potts (Downey Jr. and Paltrow) at the Paris premiere of Iron Man 3.

Stark and Potts (Downey Jr. and Paltrow) at the Paris premiere of Iron Man 3.

Stark is not the same cocky piece of shit that we’re used to, and I miss that. I have no problem with character advancement, but we’d be lying if we said we didn’t miss the old Stark. The Stark from this scene is what I crave, and while you get glimpses of him, I wonder if he will ever return. Robert Downey Jr. delivers another steller performance as always, but he fits the repetitive feel of the movie. He does not add anything new to Stark, and simply delivers his lines in the way he always had. The performances in this action flick are all up to par, but one new man must be noted. Guy Pearce adds so much to Iron Man 3. Perhaps I like him because he is the only taste of variation found in Iron Man 3. Whatever the reason, his performance in Iron Man 3 is the highlight of the film, and it is good to see Guy Pearce back in a leading role.

I might just be overly harsh on Iron Man 3. It was light years better than the second film, so maybe I’m just sick of it. Not just Tony Stark. Maybe I’m sick of Marvel. The Avengers (great film) might have just been the end for me. Whether it is Iron Man, Thor, or Captain America infront of the camera, every scene begins to feel the same. Is it overkill? At the end of the day, every movie will entertain viewers and everyone will keep seeing them. And if we all keep seeing them… they’ll just keep throwing them out there. Whether or not that is a bad thing depends on the viewer.

Overall, I’m not dying to see Stark or his suit(s) anytime soon. Iron Man 3 does not hurt the marvel series in any way, but it does not add anything new to it either.

IMDb: 7.8/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 77/100

Metacritic: 62/100

Best Picture Movie Reviews: 71/100 (Expectation: 75/100)

Series Roundup: With every new addition, I like to rank every film in the series from Best to Worst:

1. Iron Man

2. Iron Man 3

3. Iron Man 2

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In Theaters this Week (May 3- 9)

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Expectation: 75/100

And let the summer begin… Iron Man 3 comes out this week.

With Robert Downey Jr. confirming that $50 million of the films budget went to him.. viewers begin to wonder: Is it worth it? Yeah, Iron Man was pretty sick and falls in my top 5 superhero movies. With that being said, we have to face the fact that Iron Man 2 was incredibly mediocre. Bring in a new director for Iron Man 3.. and viewers are immediately sucked back in. I like Marvel’s efforts, and Iron Man 3 will not be the first movie of theirs that I don’t see. No matter how good (or bad) viewers think it will be, I guarantee just about all of us will go see it. Marvel’s movies are not always good (The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2), but most of them are.. don’t expect Iron Man 3 to be the best of Marvel, but it will entertain us for all 130 minutes. Oh, and don’t expect anything new.. it will be the same thing that we’ve seen, and honestly, I’m not sure if that’s a bad thing.

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Expectation: 70/100

Nobody was going to challenge Iron Man 3 with a wide release this weekend.The Iceman is receiving a limited release (4 theaters) on May 3rd. It stars five quality actors: Ray Liotta, Chris Evans (Captain America), Winona Ryder, Michael Shannon, and James Franco. Oh, and David Scwimmer makes an appearance. The storyline looks exciting and it comes from an amazing true story. It is made by a young, relatively unknown director, which is surprising for the amount of big names in the cast. The Iceman shows more promise than most releases so far this year, but mixed reviews plus an unknown director is definitely something worth raising the red flag about. The strong cast will carry it threw what otherwise would have been a very questionable $10 million budget. Living in Los Angeles, I do have access to the limited release if I decide that The Iceman is worth getting off my ass for.

There are two other notable limited releases this week: Scatter my Ashes at Bergdorf’s, and Love is all you Need. Click on each movie to see their trailers.