I know it came out a year ago now but I re-watched Iron Man 3 last night and though I should do a post on it.
I loved the first Iron Man and was even keen on the second, despite popular opinion. I thought it was very watchable and entertaining, so I had high hopes for the next installment. I wasn’t disappointed. I was really intrigued to see how they would deal with the aftermath of The Avengers, how would they explain the lack of the other characters? Would one character by itself quench our thirst for action? They never really explain the lack of the other heroes, but in regards to the second question, then one is definitely enough!
I loved it. Robert Downey Jr. as usual, was brilliant as Tony Stark, and it was fascinating to see him in a different light. There was a darker side to our protagonist as we witnessed him struggle through Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. For me the anxiety attacks didn’t seem as real as they could have been but it was a brave move nonetheless.
The film focused less on him as a superhero and more on him as a person, he definitely came across more human than in the previous two films. It was the first Marvel film to do this and it was slightly reminiscent of Nolan’s Batman franchise.
Of course we still get to see the witty banter produced by Tony, and the laughs are just as good. It has just the right amount of ‘cheese’, as needed for any superhero film, getting the balance right between that and the deeper essence of the story. Hence the reason it was a box office hit.
The storyline was good, amusing in places but I felt there was something lacking; I wanted to see more of what the ‘bad guy’s’ plan was, why he wanted that power. He came across as a bit flat overall. And don’t get me started on his ability to breathe fire. It didn’t seem at all believable, and that’s saying some in this franchise. But I guess that’s what Marvel excels at – bending the rules and working with the unrealistic. Also I think Tony could have been a little more crazy, after experiencing something so traumatic in New York, it would have been completely understandable.
What about Pepper Potts as an ass-kicking human bomb… ? I didn’t really like it but I can see why they put it in, it’s nice to have someone save the hero once in a while.
However I still enjoyed it, enough to buy it on DVD, and I’ll always have a soft spot for Tony Stark. He’s just so sassy.