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The studio that brought you Marvel’s The Avengers unleashes the best Iron Man adventure yet with this must-own, global phenomenon starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow. When Tony Stark/Iron Man finds his entire world reduced to rubble, he must use all his ingenuity to survive, destroy his enemy and somehow protect those he loves. But a soul-searching question haunts him: Does the man make the suit… or does the suit make the man?
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 280
- Fresh: 219
- Rotten: 61
- Average Rating: 6.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: By even posing questions of identity, the film creates the kind of jeopardy we can believe in, and for a superhero movie, that is an accomplishment in and of itself.
Fresh: [Black] strikes a tone of pseudo-edgy frat-boy black comedy that's so retro it's almost charming.
Fresh: It's a confidently tongue-in-cheek piece of blockbuster engineering, sweetly calibrated to Downey's cavalier appeal and to Kingsley's oddball interjections.
Rotten: The trouble is that, as the plot quickens, any cleverness withdraws, to make way for the firecrackers of the climax. That is not Black's forte, and his movie duly slumps into a mess.
I was completely disappointed with this movie. I loved the first two, and this one was advertised as being about the Mandarin, but actually had nothing to do with him at all; it was really based on the "Extremis" story line (an excellent comic). This had by far the greatest potential of the three, had they stuck with only the Extremis plot, but instead they mashed three completely incongruent story lines into a single movie. The plot was thin, very little background was given to the villains, and the Mandarin character was totally ruined for any potential future movies. They would have done this justice with three movies, with three well-developed plot lines based on well-known stories from the comics, but instead they made an embarrassment of a film. It was a terrible adaptation. It was not worth seeing at the theaters, it's not worth a purchase, and if you're really bored one rainy Friday night, *maybe* is worth a $4 rental, but not much more.
The franchise had a chance to improve from Iron Man 2 and failed
Though it had its moments, Iron Man 3 was pretty disappointing and made Iron Man 2, which I was also disappointed with, look much, much, better. It follows Tony Stark as he deals with multiple anxiety attacks and nights with little sleep after the traumatic events of The Avengers. But as he tries to overcome these personal issues, a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin rises with a plan to tear apart Stark’s world and making a message out of his destruction. I’m not surprised that Stark is having trouble moving passed the battle in New York. I mean he destroyed a nuke in another world for crying out loud. If I were him, I would be in the same boat. So, therefore, his recovering was understandably a major part of the film’s process.
My main gripe with this third installment revolved around the Mandarin and my message about him to the viewers out there who dislike spoilers is this: he’s there but he’s not there. If you’re confused, just go see the movie and you’ll hopefully understand what I'm saying.
The other problem I had was the action-packed climax. Exceptionally, there was too much action rather than too little. The explosions and fight sequences were all over the place and it was just way too loud for me. However, I was awed when all of those Iron Man suits propelled down to the battle. There were other action sequences I enjoyed a lot as well such as when the Mandarin’s army took down Tony Stark’s mansion. Another aspect of this film that I enjoyed was the hysterical humor and that was one of the main aspects that kept me from giving Iron Man 3 a lower rating.
I’ve also heard people say Iron Man 3 darker than the first two and that is true. However, I wouldn’t consider it to be dark film in general. Unlike the first Iron Man in 2008, it’s not a must-see superhero film but it’s still worth a shot. It’s funny, fairly entertaining and occasionally awesome.
NOT THE BEST IN THE FRANCHISE, BUT STILL A SOLID SEQUEL!
Even before it kicked into production, "Iron Man 3" certainly had a whole lot riding on its success. Jon Favreau had already resigned from his duties as director, with franchise newcomer Shane Black ("Kiss Kiss Bang Bang") stepping in his place. And after the massive events of "The Avengers," it seemed more than unlikely that this film would be able to match (let alone top) the sheer cinematic thrills of that spectacular superhero blockbuster. But I still had my hopes that Tony Stark's third solo adventure would end up being just as creative, witty, and genuinely exciting as the first flick. And while I can honestly say that, overall, I walked away from this movie fairly satisfied, it did leave some minor (and slightly major) things to be desired. But through it all, this worthy addition to the successful Marvel saga was easily a blast to watch from start to finish.
The story here finds incredibly wealthy arms manufacturer Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) feeling badly shaken by his experience working with the Avengers to fight off the catastrophic alien invasion in New York. So he just dives into his work and neglects his relationship with longtime girlfriend Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), who also runs his company. Then two pretty mysterious faces from the past reappear: bioscientist Maya (Rebecca Hall) is an old colleague of Tony's, while technical genius Aldrich (Guy Pearce) has a past with Pepper. And both just seem somehow connected to an enormous wave of nasty bombings that's rapidly terrorizing the country, masterminded by a menacing man who calls himself the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). And his next target is, of course, Tony.
Intriguingly, the script keeps our hero out of the Iron Man suit for much of the film's running time, which actually makes his character feel much more grounded than ever before, literally and figuratively. By doing this, Black allows us to learn and understand more about Tony's character, as well as his personality, through a solid series of scenes that often range from quietly dramatic to heavily explosive. It also makes the action set pieces even more spectacular, since they're not merely big-budget robot-vs.-robot battles. So even if the dialogue is sometimes peppered with a ton of technical gibberish, at least it has big personal dimension. This not only deepens Tony and Pepper as well-structured characters, but makes the surrounding people a whole lot more intriguing. These include Tony's old pal James (Don Cheadle), two self-healing goons (James Badge Dale and Stephanie Szostak), and a preteen named Harley (Ty Simpkins) who helps Stark in a time of need. Even Favreau shows up for a fun supporting role as Tony's chauffeur and personal assistant Happy Hogan. But aside from Hall and Pearce, whose characters rarely ever manage to stand out throughout this whole film, Kingsley knocks it out of the park as the Mandarin, a big villain with an unexpected secret up his sleeve. Granted, like most viewers who were shocked by the big twist near the middle (which I won't dare give away for those who have yet to see this movie), I was a little more than taken aback. Still, Black somehow makes it run together rather nicely in the end (although the eventual action-filled climax does feel too overstuffed for its own good, even by Marvel's standards). But at least the other high-octane sequences, including a truly thrilling aerial scene in which our hero must save all the passengers and crew falling from a blown-up Air Force One, far from disappoint. Along with a sharply witty script, some brilliant visuals, and a committed cast that breathe more mature and compelling life into their characters, this "Iron Man" movie mostly ends up a real winner.
With its deft balance of drama and humor, not to mention a story that feels even weightier than its predecessors, "Iron Man 3" takes the saga into an even more daring direction than anyone could've thought. Sure, the plot hits more than a few bumps along the way, such as moderately incoherent storytelling and a few strangely convoluted twists that don't always make sense, but luckily, the good more than outweighs the bad here. Downey is terrific as always in the effortlessly confident role of Tony, interacting with characters in a way only he can while showing an emotional range unlike anything he's given to Stark in the past. All the while, Paltrow's Pepper stands out just as much as her male counterpart (even getting a huge part in some of the action sequences). And while the rest of the massive all-star cast is never truly given as much focus as they deserve, that doesn't mean they're any less fun to watch. The same essentially goes for everything else "Iron Man 3" has to offer. It's by no means a perfect superhero film, but I believe it's a step in the right direction for this great movie saga, and it makes me that much more excited to see what's to come in the near future.