For all Iron Man and Robert Downey, Jr.fans Iron Man 3 was being eagerly awaited and I think it’s fair to say exceeded expectations.
Yes, there’s been a change of staff for one of the key roles, and a change in tone.
In short summary, great action, great plot (refined slightly from the comic cartoon story lines), and a great humour tone.
Where Iron Man 2 left some areas for concern / doubt (still amazing film for real fans), this movie has the potential to be a real turning point movie for the franchise.
It also provides a great link together between Iron Man 1/2/3 and The Avengers franchise group.
Tony Stark is revealed as more human, more intelligent and more fragile.
Pepper Potts is evolved from the PA to his saviour.
Yes, some areas that change for the timing of the movie.
Yes, some things we’d love to share (but not till you’ve seen the movie)
Look and Feel
The Iron Man iconic imagery is there in full effect, including Tony Stark’s seaview mansion, the classic red and gold Iron Man armour, the red/white and blue of War Machine / Iron Patriot and previous Marvel adaptions.
The movie seems to have matured with a strong environment to complete the storyline.
This is a grown up Iron Man movie, not a simplified vision of what could be done.
The Mandarin is played very differently to some of the stories you may know and love – we give the director , writer and producers kudos for this strong move, which when you watch the movie through to the end will make sense.
Plot / Story
Iron Man 3 contains many plot lines and story elements – as requested we won’t reveal too many insights .. yet..
However, it does focus on Tony/Pepper’s relationship and how it moves from the simple place of their flirtation to a real world relationship where they are vulnerable and in a real world love. Where suffering, risk and passion are played full on. Any woman would have a hard time keeping up with Iron Man, and at the same time without his Pepper Potts there can be no Iron Man.
She saves him more than once and he her.
There is another theme about how we create our own demons, and this is a great lesson.
Sometimes those moments that we hardly notice go on to produce our greatest challenges.
Personally, I can acknowledge that and in some way part of why I really loved this movie.
There will be elements when you will cheer and elements that will delight.
The Extremis elements are not as thought through and storied out as they could be, and for those who know and love the Marvel universe, they will have some questions and grumbles.
Can we excuse – yes.. but really.. this area of the script could have been handled more elegantly, completely and succinctly.
We hope.. Iron Man 4.. we really do.. and keep it real, gritty and focussed.. we can but hope..
We are Iron Man..
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