I have been jumping around excitedly for the first few months of the year for this. Last week, I prepped by watching both Iron Man 1 and 2 for when I finally got to watch Iron Man 3. Sadly, I wasn’t overly impressed. It is still Iron Man, Robert Downey Jnr. still rocks as Tony Stark, the digital effects are still amazing, but to me, it lacked something.
Tony Stark remembers a New Year’s Eve party where he met scientist Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall). Maya was the inventor of Extremis – a drug that allowed recovery from crippling injuries. He also meets Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), a disabled scientist, but turns Killian down for a place in his company.
In the present, Tony Stark is experiencing severe anxiety attacks due to his involvement with the Avengers in New York. He constantly works on his suits, enabling them to fly to him when he summons them. This causes his girlfriend Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Palthrow) to get angry at him, but when she finds out the reason for his anxiety she supports him again. When he turns on the television, he witnesses the Mandarin terrorizing the US government with threatening messages. He challenges the Mandarin to attack him after his faithful servant, Happy Hogan (Jon Favreu) nearly dies in a bomb explosion caused by the Mandarin.
The Mandarin responds by destroying Stark’s palatial home in Malibu. Stark goes on the run after telling Pepper that he still lives, and starts gathering information about the Mandarin.
When he tracks the Mandarin to Miami, he discovers that it is only an act, and that Killian is the true terrorist. When Killian takes the American President Hostage, Stark and agent James Rhodes attacks the oil tanker where they are keeping them hostage. A full scale fight develops, with Tony summoning his entire range of suits, and Tony manages to walk away with his best friend and girlfriend still alive.
Even though it is officially my least favorite Iron Man film, it was still great. The suits and fights are spectacular. I think the Iron Man movies shouldn’t be remade in the future, since RDJ is such a perfect match for Iron Man and Tony Stark.
What I didn’t appreciate is that the humor seemed forced at times, to fit into the funny background now expected from Iron Man, and making the Mandarin’s character a joke seemed silly to me when he had been perfect to terrorize. Also, Tony seems uncommonly lucky for a superhero – don’t they always lose someone they love?
What did you think of it?
I am with you, friend. You could distinctly feel the change of director. While it was not bad, it was not pure Iron Man for me.
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