Movie Review: ‘Iron Man 3’

I have to admit something – I wasn’t looking forward to ‘Iron Man 3’. I knew that I had no choice but to go see it opening weekend but I thought that I would be severely let down by this movie. ‘Iron Man 2’ disappointed me, so with lowered expectations, I went to the movies Saturday night.

In case you’ve been living under a virtual rock the past few months, here’s a brief synopsis of ‘Iron Man 3’ from the IMDB page:

When Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.

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I adored this film. Okay, so it was mildly predictable and the action was completely over the top. The “subplot” is the most intriguing part and is what really sold me on this movie. It’s the story of a man who had constantly been dealing with demons his whole life and it explores how that man struggles to overcome the trauma he faced during ‘The Avengers’. Tony Stark has grown tremendously since the first film, but the essence of him is still there; he can be childish at times, but he is completely loyal to his friends.

This is the first film where I’ve actually liked Pepper Potts. I never thought that her character was that strong before (it always gave off the vibe of ‘damsel in distress’). But she seemed to come into her own in this film. Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian was a good casting choice. He really owned the role and I hope that we see him again.

Can we talked about Ty Simpkins (as Harley Keener) for a moment? That kid did a phenomenal job. He’s like a younger version of Tony and I would love to see more of him. The two characters just played off of one another really well.

If you’re smart, you’ve learned to stay until after the credits. I almost wished that I hadn’t bothered. The after credits bit was okay. I had hoped for a tie-in or something for the upcoming ‘Thor’ sequel, but no, it was just the science bros. Yes, it was good and I chuckled, but it wasn’t great.

All in all, this is a definite buy. I cannot wait to have this film in my collection.

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