One Minute Review: Iron Man 3 (2013)

Release Date
May 3, 2013
Director
Shane Black
Screenplay
Drew Pearce
Shane Black
Production Company
Marvel Studios
Budget
$200 million
Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief suggestive content.
130 minutes

Iron Man 3

Shane Black re-teams with Robert Downey Jr. to deliver not only an exceptional stand-alone action film with comedic and emotionally charged themes, but produces another gold brick in the foundation of the Marvel universe. All returning characters are at the top of their game, with no wasted reintroductions or unnecessary plot devices, including the best showing to-date for Gwyneth Paltrow as love interest Pepper Potts. Used limited but effectively, Don Cheadle proves yet again that his Rhodes is far superior. One of my favorite castings is Rebecca Hall who rises above her brief appearance and reflects a wit and sex appeal unmatched in previous installments.

As is said, the quality of the film is often reflected from how formed and significant the villains are. Ben Kingsley and Guy Pearce are phenomenal in their roles, rising not only above the previous Iron Man foes, but any in the Marvel universe. Kingsley is unrecognizable as The Mandarin, with a voice and disposition that will not soon be forgotten. The humor of the script is whip smart and relentless, perfectly timed and strategically placed, often offering several highlights of the film, helped immensely by Downey’s delivery and aura, which is irreplaceable.

The emotional darkness emoted by the characters and brought on by the film’s events, specifically Tony in dealing with his post traumatic stress after “The Avengers” and along with the destruction of his home and belongings, creates a special dynamic that raises this “Iron Man” above most superhero endeavors, following in the footsteps of Nolan’s “Dark Knight” series. Even the action sequences are top notch, never recycling fights from previous films. The ingenuity of Tony’s suits helps develop a fresh feel to the story and adds another exciting layer to the final battle. Add to that cinematography that captures the immensity of its surroundings, specifically scenes like Tony’s Malibu mansion being demolished by helicopters or a free-fall rescue out of Air Force One involving twelve passengers.

The marketing for the film is undeniably swift, burying the secrets of the film and for good reason. With plenty of surprises and a handful of allusions to the previous installments (and foreshadowing of events to come), “Iron Man 3” entertains on all levels, continuing the near perfect legacy of “The Avengers” and the preceding Marvel films.

 

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