WARNING: Spoilers. There are plot giveaways in this review. (But nothing big so stop having a cry and read the damn review!)
OFFICIAL SILVER SCREENER REVIEW
– IRON MAN 3 –
IMDB Rating: 8 out of 10 (34,178 votes)
Director: Shane Black
I won’t say Iron Man 3 is perfect. But it’s certainly closest to it than its predecessors.
Tony Stark is back, and just as badass as he was when we last saw him, in Joss Whedon’s epically awesome The Avengers. But this time, his challenger is the almighty ‘Mandarin’. So, without further ado, let’s get into our first point.
Iron Man 3’s best features (get it, I said suit) were shared between three separate yet equally important happenings – contained plot twists, Downey Jr’s Stark, and awesome action.
Let’s get into the plot twists. There were various elements to the twists I admired. They were unpredictable, and relevant, but the thing I was happiest with was that they were contained well. Often times, the story in an action film can get so hectic, that the writer is forced to blow a plot twist completely out of proportion just to keep up with the action. The filmmaker often doesn’t pull it off, and it ends up holding the plot back.
Well, in Iron Man 3, the twists were few, but interesting. The co-writers Drew Pearce, and Shane Black, contained the twists well in the script, to further enhance the story just that little bit more, so it seemed relevant and interesting amidst the unreal action going on in Tony Stark’s world.
Robert Downey Jr. was yet again fantastic in Iron Man 3. He brings a brilliant depth to the role, and seemingly has total understanding of Tony Stark’s wit, charm and character. Downey Jr. has brought forward a brilliant performance as Iron Man once more. Kudos to you, my good man.
The action in Iron Man 3 was totally awesome. The budget – $200 Million – was a sign that good things were to come. And the budget was used very well. The effects were amazing, and the action sequences were very well shot and choreographed. The whole film was a race to keep up with the hysteria the action sequences created. By the end of the film, they were even at the line.
The script was very topsy-turvy. Of course, the dialogue was great, and that’s a relief, because it’s a much trickier task to write a witty, always-on-the-spot character such as Tony Stark, than many people think. But I felt there were a few patches of about 10 minutes each, where everything slowed down, and the film struggled to keep the viewer into it. One example would be the time Pepper and Maya spent together, recouping. It slowed the plot down, and seeing as the previous few minutes had shown us Tony’s house being blown up, it was too quick a jump from fast-to-slow for me to fall into.
Tony Stark didn’t care to shout out his address to a terrorist leader – an address which I’m sure everybody knows anyway – yet wasn’t quite prepared for an attack. That was a bit of lazy writing. It doesn’t make sense to me that a man who’s always so aware of the situation would basically call for an attack, yet be struck by surprise when he was actually targeted.
Aldrich Killian’s introduction was lame, and cheesy. He was portrayed as a nerdy, erratic little guy who was very intelligent scientifically. I didn’t connect with that. I thought that was very cliché and the writers should’ve made him a little more relatable at the start. His backstory checked out with me, but his appearance was one thing that has been done to cinema-death.
Guy Pearce was good as Killian, though. It’s good to see a few Aussies making waves in big-shot modern-day Hollywood. And Ben Kingsley, I thought, was fantastic in this film. He did a great job when the story all of a sudden piled up on his back, and when you see the twist, you’ll be surprised by him. That’s for sure.
Besides Robert Downey Jr., the best performance came from the little boy Ty Simpkins, who played Harley. I thought the relationship between Tony and Harley was credible, seeing as Stark isn’t the type of guy who makes new friends. The kid was very well written, too. I was a little surprised that we didn’t meet his mother, but I guess that may have complicated things.
I bothered to stay in my seat through the credits, as I was expecting a small little Avengers cut-scene at the end. Well, it turned out to be a dull, 30-second skit-like clip of Tony venting to his Doctor, Bruce Banner. It could’ve been awesome, but it was dull. Then, out of the blackness, the words “Tony Stark will return” appeared. Oh no. Does this mean he’ll be forced back into the suit for some pathetic reason in Iron Man 4? Spare me. Unless I hear good things from people that actually know film, I think I’ll pass.
In the end, Tony managed to discover that he made the suit, and the suit didn’t make him.
Iron Man 3 had its sins, but they didn’t condemn an otherwise fine action film.
MY RATING: 7.5 out of 10.
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