Iron Man 3 (2013) Review

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IRON MAN 3

Directed by Shane Black

Starring:
Robert Downey, Jr.
Gwyneth Paltrow
Don Cheadle
Guy Pearce
Rebecca Hall
Stephanie Szostak
James Badge Dale
Jon Favreau
Ben Kingsley

Synopsis (courtesy of IMDB):

When Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.

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My Opinion on superhero movies:

I like superhero movies a lot but overall I’m not the absolute biggest fan of them. So this review comes from someone who has never touched a comic book (well, I did read Watchmen – does that count?) and who knows ONLY what has been shown of all the superheroes in their Hollywood movies.

The X-Men movies were probably the first superhero movies to make me geek-out a little. Actually… To be honest, I remember loving Tim Burton’s Batman and thinking Jack Nicholson was cool as hell as the Joker & I think I even bought some Joker earrings at the time (give me a break – I was in my early teens). Then things like (the Tobey Maguire) Spider-Mans came along (entertaining enough – not brilliant) and Fantastic Four (meh) and I was starting to get a little bored with the superhero thing. Then Batman Begins & The Dark Knight came along, re-inventing the genre & making truly stunning “films” instead of mere “comic book” movies. You had Iron Man the same year as The Dark Knight and I was loving the superhero thing again. And although Batman Begins is a better “film”, I probably enjoyed the first Iron Man movie more. I was so pleasantly surprised by the first Iron Man. I loved that it was somewhere between the superhero movies that were a little too cheesy (Fantastic Four) and the very dark & serious Nolan Batman films. I loved Tony Stark’s charming arrogance & internal struggle (Ha! Well, yeah – all superheroes have that internal struggle thing I guess). My point is, I loved the first Iron Man & he’s definitely one of my favorite comic book characters as portrayed by Hollywood in the last ten years or so. So I’m a little disappointed to have to say that Iron Man 3 is a bit weak compared to the first two.

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My Opinion on Iron Man 3:

I think a big part of the problem is that this follows on from The Avengers. So, really, how can you actually expect to top THAT? You’re going from having superheroes galore fighting bad-ass aliens with over the top, non-stop action back to one guy going it alone against a bad guy who isn’t going to seem much of a threat when compared with the threat to all of humanity that we saw in The Avengers. And could none of the Avengers give Tony Stark a hand in this one? After all he did to help out at the end of The Avengers?! Ingrates. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The Good:

Ben Kingsley. Loved him. Can’t go into it much but he’s great in this role.

Harley. Probably one of those things that will divide people but I liked this little sub-plot.

The focus on one superhero again. Yes, I know I’ve just contradicted what I said above. Having all the superheroes in The Avengers was exciting, so it’s hard to top that excitement. But I also found that to be slight overkill in The Avengers so it was kind of nice just having one superhero to focus on again. Which is why it’s a shame that this script was so weak on character development when they had the chance to fully focus on Tony Stark again (more on that below).

The Iron Man suits. And gadgets. Still cool.

It’s Iron Man and it’s still fun, even if it’s not as good of a film as the other two (especially the first one, which is by far the best).

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The Not-So-Good:

Robert Downey Jr. Wait! Keep reading! I’m not saying he’s bad. Maybe I mean Tony Stark… Aside from a few panic attacks he’s suffering from due to the stress of what happened to him at the end of The Avengers, he doesn’t seem as “internally conflicted” as in the first two. That internal conflict thing is important in these superhero movies! I think this is the fault of the script for this one – he’s just not as well-developed as in the other two. But I suppose it’s perhaps hard to keep that up for three films (four including The Avengers). We all know Tony Stark by now. And, unfortunately, Robert Downey Jr seems a little bored in this one. The performance feels a bit “phoned in”. Sorry. He’s still better than….

Guy Pearce. He didn’t really work for me in this role. Weak character overall, I think.

Maya. Not that the character was bad – the character was wasted. They could have done more with her.

Tony Stark/Pepper Potts relationship. Not feeling it so much in this one. Again, though, I think that’s the fault of a script that doesn’t give you very fully-realized characters this time around.

The plot. It’s a bit “so what”. Especially after The Avengers. Just not as “exciting” as a lot of other superhero movie plots.

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End Credits Scene: Yes, there is one. Should you stay for it? Yes, if you’re a “completist” who MUST stay for all end credits scenes. But it’s not totally necessary to see it… So I guess it depends on how badly you have to pee. ๐Ÿ™‚

Summary:

A popcorn-worthy addition to the Iron Man set of films but the script and plot feel a bit weak overall and the characters feel under-developed. It’s okay but not as strong as the first Iron Man & certainly not as fun or exciting as The Avengers.

My Iron Man Rating: 8/10

My Iron Man 2 Rating: 6.5/10

My Iron Man 3 Rating: 6.5/10

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My 2013 Movies Seen

**I’ve been too harsh! Upped my Iron Man 2 & 3 ratings a bit. I still enjoy the Iron Man series – they’ve just been weak compared with the first one.

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29 thoughts on “Iron Man 3 (2013) Review

  1. nice review ๐Ÿ™‚ saw it today and loved it! I’m not a superhero fan either and have never picked up a comic, I’m a fan of Iron Man predominantly because of Robert Downey Jr. However, I think it’s very easy to top The Avengers because imo it was awful! Didn’t like it at all and it felt a lot like a TV movie. Which was a shame
    I love Ben Kingsley as well, thought he was amazing especially in the twist, which I can’t really mention xD I don’t want to give it away!! I liked the darker feel to this one, and the humour came through well…I was really feeling Tony and Peppers relationship though, I thought they took it to a different and much more developed and mature place ๐Ÿ™‚ Loved it overall, but I’m easily pleased when Robert Downey Jr is involved ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was a TINY bit harsh so I’ve changed it a little. Think my main problem with their relationship was probably my thing I really seem to have against Gwyneth Paltrow in anything ever. Lol ๐Ÿ˜‰ I do like Robert Downey Jr and think he’s absolutely perfect as Iron Man (even if I thought he felt a little bored in this). Still love his lovely brown eyes & perfect hair. Ha! The wisecracking was slightly too much in this one but worked great with the kid – I really enjoyed all those bits. So, yeah – it was still fun. Don’t want to be TOO picky. Just think that Captain America & Thor were better films than this 3rd Iron Man. Oh, and reviews from lovers of the comic book seem to really hate Iron Man 3! But I know nothing about the comic books.

      • I’ve not seen thor or captain america…I’m not usually interested in superhero films at all lol I only watch Iron Man and Hellboy xD He did seem a bit bored, I think the humour and the darker kind of atmosphere was down to the change of director, Shane Black’s films tend to be full of humour. I loved Ben Kingsley though I thought his character was hilarious!
        I’ve heard a lot of people giving Iron Man 3 negative reviews too…but it’s mainly comic book snobs whinging haha a lot of people think that films should follow the books or comics exactly. I’ve not read any of the comics though

  2. Nice review and you make a great point about Iron Man fitting in between the corny comic book films and the extremely dark ones. Looks like your Iron Man scores are on a decline. Best they not make a fourth.

    • I’ve decided I was a little harsh with the ratings so I’ve upped them a little. I’m a girl – I change my mind a lot. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I still like the series but if they make a fourth they REALLY need to do much much better. Both Thor & Captain America are much better films than the Iron Man sequels – they feel like they had a lot more effort put into them whereas Iron Man 3 feels a bit too much like Hollywood trying to just milk more money out of us.

  3. Excellent write-up! I’m not much of a superhero fan either. But I did go see this the other day – not having seen the other Iron Man films or The Avengers. I pretty much agree with your take on it, though. And the lousy 3D conversion didn’t help much either. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks! You watched Iron Man 3 without seeing any other Iron Man movie or The Avengers?? How odd. lol ๐Ÿ˜‰ Well I do recommend the first Iron Man. And, bloody hell – you’ve reminded me that I saw this in 3D. I actually forgot! What the hell?! There didn’t seem to be any 3D going on. Wow – the 3D on this must be really rubbish.

  4. I liked Iron Man but found Iron Man 2 extremely tedious. Going to see 3 with my husband tonight. He is very much a comic book fun. Will be interesting to see whether it lives up to 1 or just continues the decline. I’ve seen such varying reviews.

  5. I thought this was a ton better than Iron Man 2, which I found a slog. It’s probably not quite as well-constructed as the first Iron Man but I found it to be a lot more entertaining, myself!

    • I have to admit I don’t remember the second one that well other than liking Mickey Rourke in it. You’re all making me keep changing my mind – I may have to knock the rating of that one back down! ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I still didn’t like the third one more than the second. I just found it a little underwhelming, I think.

    • Lol – you know how many times I’ve edited my post & changed those
      damn ratings?! Now you’re all convincing me that I have to knock half a point off Iron Man 2! I might do that but I’m not upping my Iron Man 3 rating… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Looking forward to seeing this one tonight. I’m not a huge fan of 3D, but that’s what I have to work with.
    Interesting to note that Marvel created their own production company prior to Iron Man, so script, production, marketing, etc. was all done in-house. Helped to prevent a lot of the pitfalls of having ‘outsiders’ make a movie like that.
    Also this is the last movie Downey Jr.is contracted for with Marvel (though there’s speculation he’ll sign an extension for Avengers 2 and possibly Iron Man 4).

    • I just read he’s renegotiating the contract. Really want to see him in another Avengers but I’d want an Iron Man 4 to be much better! I’m not a fan of 3D but you won’t have to worry if you don’t like it – you won’t even notice it! Lol – I SWEAR there was no “3D” in this 3D movie!

  7. I’m with you T9M, there was a lot of “blah” to this one. I agree with your “Not So Good”s entirely, and might even add – Tony hangs out with a kid for 20% of the film, and The Iron Man armors can fight on their own now, why do we even need Tony Stark?

    I like your point about none of the Avengers helping him. I personally spent every minute of that kid subplot wondering why he didnt contact his superfriends to help him out, instead of half fixing his armor in that garage with a 12 year old assistant ๐Ÿ™„

    • Yeah – I know the point they’re making is that whole “does the suit make the man” blah blah thing but he was out of the suit a bit too long. Although I did like the bits with the kid (but can see why not everyone would) and I liked the back to basics thing of him having to go to a hardware store and everything, this section of the movie did drag on for too long. And I can certainly understand the anger over the Mandarin character for readers of the comic (I really liked Ben Kingsley but the character has no meaning to me). But I get very annoyed when they do a bad adaptation of something I’ve read. Your review was FAR nicer than some I’ve read on IMDB. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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