Iron Man 3 movie review by Bruce Simmons
Iron Man 3 could possibly be the smartest chapter in the trilogy, and if you were wondering if you’d notice the difference between Jon Favreau’s and Shane Black’s directorial input, the answer is a resounding YES. There’s a huge difference in the tone of the film from the first two.
The other issue I was worried about was if the +-30 trailers, clips and teasers movie consumers were being pounded with in the relentless marketing campaign were giving too much away. In a word, not really, but there are two aspects I wish would have been saved for the true surprises in the movie. But it’s not a bad thing, and for the sake of a NON-SPOILER review, I won’t mention here.
And LOL wow… there is definitely a thing or two you WILL NOT SEE coming.
In a spoiler-free nutshell, this is more of a study of how Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) handles being Iron Man and if he can hack in and out of his suit of armor, or his cocoon, if you will.
It’s about his relationships with Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and others like Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau). And these relationships are all threatened by the likes of The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) and Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce).
And while Tony is still emotionally dealing with the events from The Avengers, he is still his glib self. (And come to think of it, there’s almost a bit too much glib from the ensemble. Almost.)
And Don Cheadle, as Col. Rhodes, running around doing the U.S. President’s bidding is nice to see also.
And I have to say, headed into this film, you will be expecting a few things and they aren’t going to be there. But you will see Tony dealing with his imperfect emotional balance, along with his imperfect armor. He’s always tinkering. (You’ll see.)
Yes, there’s Extremis and yes, what you’ve seen in the trailers with Tony and his armor, are there. But what I had expected from what I had seen, wasn’t there.
And to some degree, I’m thinking the finale was almost too big in scope. Almost.
But the franchise does feel decidedly different with Black at the helm. Gone is the AC/DC tone and added is… well, not the trademark AC/DC music, which I’ve come to enjoy in association with Iron Man.
The fashion in which Shane Black presents this story almost makes the first two films seem like more popcorn movies than this one. And prepare yourself for a very unique spin from Kingsley on The Mandarin.
This is not a spoiler, but more of a reference for the long-time fans: With A.I.M., you do get, sort of, a big brain. (And you know what/who I mean) But despite familiar sounding ground, Black deviates from what we know of the franchise.
And a few other things, but I’ll leave that for you to discover for yourself.