Why I Saw It: It’s the third installment in an Iron Man series that I have really enjoyed thus far, and it’s a follow-up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the very entertaining AVENGERS film. Why wouldn’t I see it?
What Was It About? “When Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.“
Rating: 8.7 out of 10
Memorable Performances: This film is full of great performances. Actually, I over-sold it. It’s not FULL of great performances, but Ben Kingsley knocked it out of the park with an incredibly complex character. I certainly had my doubts as to whether or not The Mandarin would fit in with the cinematic universe that Marvel has been building, but the way they turned him into a terrorist was great. They didn’t delve into the 10 Rings storyline as much as a lot of people might’ve hoped, but the choices they made with the character were executed perfectly by Kingsley. Some of those choices were things that hardcore fans didn’t like, but it didn’t bother me.
This obviously wasn’t Guy Pearce’s best performance… Memento…. but his character was far more enjoyable than I thought he was going to be when I first started hearing bits and pieces regarding the character he was portraying. Robert Downey Jr gave a better performance in this film than he did in the previous three films where he portrayed Tony Stark, but this was a deeper role for him as he deals with some heavy emotions. Rebecca Hall’s character is far more interesting than I anticipated, too. Not as fun or important as Scarlett Johansson’s character in the second Iron Man film.
Potential Nominations for Film Quest ’13:
- Best Actor – Robert Downey Jr
- Best Supporting Actor – Ben Kingsley
Favorite Parts: Having part of the movie focus on Tony Stark trying to deal with the fallout from what happened during the course of the AVENGERS movie was a nice touch, as it certainly added a vulnerability to the character without focusing on one of his vices, like previous films in the series. The scenes where Tony Stark was in his makeshift lab, working with his new “assistant” were aspects of the movie which some people have criticized, but not me. I felt like it gave us a softer side of Tony Stark while still maintaining his sharp nature. When the after-credits scene helped frame the film in context, it got a laugh from me and helped show that previous allegiances were maintained.
The Regrettable Aspects: Don’t get me wrong, the things I found to be regrettable about the film – things I’d change – are relatively minor, but they do exist. The way the new suit worked, with the alternate suit assembly, was perhaps a bit too ridiculous for me, though seeing how they used it was entertaining. The final few scenes leading up to the credits left me shaking my head a little bit. Although it provided incredible visuals, I wasn’t a fan of the House Party Protocol (or whatever he called it), nor the aftermath “fireworks”. The way the film essentially ends the series involved something that I felt was a bit out of character for Tony Stark.
Would I watch it again? I will actually look forward to watching this with my dad, and about a decade from now with my son.
To Whom Would I Recommend It? Anyone who enjoyed AVENGERS should watch this, but it’s a bit intense, so I’d really pay attention to that PG-13 rating. There were a few things in the movie which I was alright with, but were definitely too intense for younger viewers. They might not totally understand what’s going on in those scenes, but if that’s the case, then they’re probably too young to appreciate the film anyway.
– IRON MAN and AVENGERS – I’m guessing that anyone who is watching Iron Man 3 has already seen the original Iron Man film, but it’s certainly worth mentioning that it should be viewed first. It’s the far superior film. Less obvious is the fact that a viewing of Avengers is nearly essential prior to seeing Iron Man 3. If you want to see Iron Man 3 as anything more than just an action film, the superhero team-up film actually provides some necessary insight.
– MEMENTO – What does Memento have to do with Iron Man 3? Guy Pearce, whose work in Memento is essential viewing for the actor.
– SEXY BEAST – This is another recommendation of a lesser-known film based on the involvement from an Iron Man 3 cast member, this one being Ben Kingsley. In both films, Kingsley portrays a ruthless criminal who has no problem intimidating people, and both performances are equally great.
If you’ve got recommendations for alternatives to IRON MAN 3, or for other similar films, let me know!
Next up… Seven Psychopaths!