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REVIEW: Iron Man 3

The third instalment in the ‘Iron Man’ series is even better than the first two… and ‘The Avengers’.

By: Jake Horowitz
Published: May 3rd, 2013 in Culture » Film » Reviews
Iron Man 3

Excuse me while I compose myself and get my thoughts together because right now all I can think about is Iron Man. How cool he is. How funny he is. How rich he is. Did I mention how cool he is?

Iron Man 3, for those living under a rock or a Tony-Stark-in-Iron-Man-esque-cave, is the third movie in the series that kicked off all modern day Marvel superhero films. Everything from the first Iron Man right up until last summer's The Avengers was brought to you by Tony Stark's commercial and critical success. Because of Iron Man, we have Thor, Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy, the upcoming Avengers 2, and many, many more.

Iron Man 3 starts after the events of The Avengers and makes it clear right off the bat that this time no one is coming to save Tony Stark. After what happened in New York, Tony is afraid, stressed, and vulnerable. He's also mad as hell after a terrorist leader, The Mandarin, played by Ben Kingsley, starts attacking the US and those closest to him. Now, Iron Man being Iron Man, he's out for revenge. Good old fashioned metal suit wearing rocket launching repulsor ray blasting wise cracking cool car driving rich guy revenge. And isn't that the best kind?

The best part about Iron Man has always been Tony Stark's flaws. He's an alcoholic, womanizing, wise-cracking jerk who rarely knows when to hold back. But when Tony is in the suit, he doesn't need to hold back, instead he needs to push as hard as he can to fight the seemingly insurmountable obstacles thrown at him no matter where he goes. And while in Iron Man 2 it felt like there was never a real threat to Tony, in this film every scene was filled with palpable tension. But when Iron Man breaks through those obstacles, or even fails miserably, all while cracking a joke and doing something completely unexpected and never before seen in cinema history, no other feeling like it that can be obtained from any other movie. It's uniquely Iron Man.

Iron Man 3 makes you want to cheer, clap, and above all else, become Iron Man. Every action scene in the film is so jaw droppingly cool, so unbelievably spectacular, and so original and unexpected, that it's impossible to walk away from this film feeling unsatisfied. And while there are some elements that don't quite work, such as a rather disappointing twist near the middle of the film and a villain with seemingly no reason for being a villain, there's so much good in Iron Man 3 that it doesn't even matter. Just one scene of Tony jumping mid air into a suit that attaches itself to his body before he falls to his death is good enough to forgive almost anything bad, but thankfully there's barely any bad to forgive.

Director Shane Black had a lot to work with when he took over the franchise from previous director and actor Jon Favreau, including the stellar cast of Robert Downey Jr., who let's face it, is Iron Man, the amazing and effortlessly cool Don Cheadle, and the beautiful Gwyneth Paltrow. But Black also managed to make the film his own and infuse his signature humor and style into the film, all while making some of the most amazing action scenes ever put to film, a very human and constantly in danger Tony Stark, and a perfect follow up to The Avengers that doesn't make us wish Iron Man was constantly surrounded by his superhero friends.

In Iron Man 3, everything is dialed up to 11 compared to the previous two films. The explosions are bigger, the suits are better, the jokes are funnier, and the stakes are raised like never before. From one scene to the next, Downey Jr. constantly impresses by playing vulnerable, tough, and funny, and most of the time all at once. The direction is incredible, the dialogue is perfect, and for the next few months I'm going to be wishing that “I am Iron Man.”

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