Friday, May 3, 2013

Iron Man 3

I was nervous. I expected Iron Man 3 to be more of the same that we've seen over the last few years with superheroes-- you know, the fallen man loses everything, teeters on the edge of despair, girl gets kidnapped by the villain and hero rises to the challenge, like the phoenix, from the ashes he becomes stronger, better and more heroic. The villain would be dark and wicked and detached, predictable in his motives and wickedly uncaring.
Thankfully, I was way off. The story does have a few of the expected superhero movie cliches, including: someone previously rejected who turns to evil, the damsel in distress, the betrayal by someone the hero thought was good, the seemingly-indestructible baddie, and the public airwaves-takeover speeches delivered by a psycho terrorist. But it has a few incredible surprises, a few predictable-but-still-enjoyable scenes (especially at the end) and more humor and smart-aleck quips than either Iron Man 1 or 2 had.  There's also a cute kid, some good people and lots of explosions.

Tony Stark experiences much needed character development, some stemming from what seem to be PTSD-induced anxiety attacks (stemming from the events of The Avengers-- I liked that coming-full-circle feeling), which made him more genuine and (surprisingly) more loveable, and some stemming from his devotion to Pepper, which is sweet without being syrupy or heavy. 

And Ben Kingsley is fantastic as The Mandarin. The movie is worth seeing just for him. Happy is back, as is Brody, both of whom have some good screen time and witty repartee with Tony, and Pepper Potts enjoys some character development of her own. Paltrow is spot-on as always, and Robert Downey, Jr. just grows more adorable and human with each movie. He really is perfectly cast.

I don't want to say much because I don't want to give anything away, but I'm a bigger Iron Man fan than I was before. This movie has heart and a great story and amid the mayhem and destruction, a different kind of hope and courage surfaces. Some of what I expected happened, but overall this film was much more than I expected. 

So go see it. And stay through the credits. Ya gotta love a Marvel end scene. 

For my friends who want to know about naughtiness content, there are some verbal references to adult themes, but nothing graphic. It's cleaner than Iron Man 1, certainly. 

3 comments:

Dan O. said...

Solid review Steph. Fun for what it is, even if that still feels like it could have been more than we got.

Connor McMillen said...

There is no "Brody" in this movie.

Steph said...

What, Connor? Did I put the wrong name? His best friend?? Totally in the movie. What's his name?? My old lady brain may have forgotten...