IRON MAN 3 Review
“Nothing’s been the same since New York,” says Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in reference to The Avengers. His latest endeavor, Iron Man 3, sees him in a state of post-traumatic stress after exposure to a Marvel Universe full of gods, aliens, and a Hulk. Worsening matters are billionaire Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) and the terrorist Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), who both plot to take over America. Once they blow up Stark’s home and belongings, it’s up to a suit-less Iron Man to save the day.
The premise alone is precisely why this film is so awesome. Much like Skyfall and The Dark Knight Rises, the protagonist’s loss of his strengths forces him to beat all odds and emerge as a much stronger hero. This is ultimately what Iron Man 3 is all about: that the man makes the suit and not the other way around. And thanks to Shane Black’s (Lethal Weapon) impeccable writing and directing, the film uses its dark storyline well while hitting all of the tongue-in-cheek Iron Man beats with just the right tone.
However, this film isn’t perfect. Its biggest problem is one that every Iron Man movie shares: weak antagonists. Sure, Pearce and Kingsley give amazing performances for characters adept at creating tension, but they never make an evil move that’s emotionally effective. Loki in The Avengers was a scary intellectual threat because he consistently shook up the team’s morale, especially when he unexpectedly killed our beloved Agent Coulson. The villains here aren’t that memorable, which slightly disappointed me.
Even so, I love Iron Man 3. Almost as good as the original, it’s an adventurous treat that perfectly sets up the second round of Marvel movies. See this film as soon as possible.