Review #26 Iron Man 3
Directed by- Shane Black
Starring- Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle.
This is possibly the last time we will see Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. He IS Tony Stark, there’s no two ways about it. There was an interview with him in Empire last month, and the interviewer said as much, the way he moved, talked, the two men became one. With this in mind, and hearing mixed reviews of the film, I went in with low expectations, as I concluded (semi-correctly), this would be the only way that my love of Iron Man would not be ruined.
We pick up from just after the end of the Avengers, Tony Stark is having a bit of a mid-life crisis, throws himself into his work, but also has the constant fear that he will lose Pepper Potts, the one person he truly loves. This fear becomes a possible reality, as a terrorist known as the Mandarin, seeks to destroy Stark. This is a basic rundown of the plot, there are more sciency parts to do with limb re-growth, however that would be revealing a little too much.
Iron Man 3 is dark, a lot darker than the first two, and indeed, the Avengers. Tony Stark is not his usual, happy-go lucky self that we all know and love. The events from the Avengers have left him scarred, and this is where I have a slight issue with the movie. They do not really expand on what happened in Avengers Assemble, it is mentioned every now and then, but doesn’t have that much of an effect on the story. There are no crossovers (not really), so it’s not really put into perspective. There’s just not much point to the several mentions it gets?
However, an aspect I liked was that Stark acknowledges how much he’s changed. There are flashbacks to his old playboy self (we see some friends from the first movie too), and the audience feels like they’ve been on a journey with ol’ Tony and seen him grow. It’s all very touching. Another side we see is the challenges befriending a child present to Stark. He is cold and hard by nature; Stark has to adapt his manner and generally just the way he interacts with people in order to build a relationship with the kid. I wasn’t quite sure whether the budding friendship worked during the film, but by the end, I think it was done quite well. It wasn’t done to death but the child had enough of an impact on the movie to give it something the other two films didn’t have, to add another side to the ‘billionaire, playboy philanthropist’.
Robert Downey Jr. is brilliant as always, and Gwyneth Paltrow gives Pepper Potts another dimension, and almost becomes a superhero herself. It was nice to see Jon Favreau a little more too. The way the three bounce off each other is incredibly entertaining, Shane Black has done a superb job directing.
Overall, it was a good movie- I preferred it to the second one. Unfortunately, it’s the original Iron Man all the way for me. I’d say I can’t wait for the sequel, but RDJ has ruled out an Iron Man 4. So I shall mourn and wait for the blu-ray. Three and a half stars.