Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3

Film Review

Film title
Iron Man 3
Director
Shane Black
Starring
Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, William Sadler, Ty Simpkins, Stephanie Szostak, Miguel Ferrer,
Release date
25 Apr
Certificate
12A

Iron Man 3

4/5 stars
Film review by Josh Slater-Williams.
Published 24 April 2013

Iron Man 3 features a Christmas setting, a struggling protagonist caught in strange team-ups, two heroes sneaking into a dock for an action set piece, bursts of narration, and a consistent sarcastic streak. Essentially, just as Joss Whedon’s distinct storytelling voice was recognisable in Avengers Assemble, so too is that of Iron Man 3’s helmer Shane Black, writer-director of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and scribe of films like Lethal Weapon and The Last Boy Scout.

Directly following the Avengers film, Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) finds himself in conflict with terrorist leader The Mandarin (Kingsley) and scientist Aldrich Killian (Pearce), creator of a body-enhancement virus called Extremis, with Stark having to rely on his own ingenuity when cut off from his helpful hardware.

The distinct Shane Black flavour may be even more pervasive than the previous Marvel film’s Whedon touch, with a narrative that feels comfortably in line with Black’s early products but with super-powered embellishments. Your mileage may vary on whether that’s a good thing, but the end result is a consistently enjoyable blockbuster and the series’ high.

Heavy on witty banter, though avoiding the smugly laid-back tone of the awful Iron Man 2, this third film successfully balances its serious and humorous elements to greatly entertaining effect. It also feels like a singular, fully realised entity, rather than a glorified teaser trailer for another crossover feature, and has some genuinely inspired and satisfying surprises amidst its familiar trappings. With most superhero features feeling rote, it’s heartening to find clever flourishes in one of the bigger series. 

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  • this was a painful experience, I did not know what horror was until I saw this movie. before I begin, in its defense it had a great opening but its slowly destroyed any love I had for the character's, the universe, and its premise as the movie takes for granted everything I liked about the film franchise and cover's it in this hideous facade of slapstick which was appropriate in small doses but as the movie went on it got worse and worse AND WORSE anybody who liked tony stark who liked good villains, who liked superhero's, stop and think before you watch this. this is trash,simply trash Disney channel garbage, packed and ready to be shipped out and turned into a action figure, take your kids to this movie by all means because when the villain is as threatening as Hannah Montana, this movie will certainly hurt for anybody who liked this superhero. This movie broke me and it deserves to die.

    Posted by william heath | Wednesday 24 April 2013 @ 17:27

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  • You don't happen to be Jon Favreau, by any chance?

    Posted by Jamie | Wednesday 24 April 2013 @ 23:11

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  • This IS (though debatable between 1 and 3) the best Iron Man (in my opinion after The Avengers and Iron Man, the best Marvel comic-translation) itteration. I guess it depends on whether you followed the 'old' original stories of Iron Man or you just started to follow it after the first movie came out.
    True there is some 'Disney' influence, but most of the noir of Whedon scripting, next to the fun/action of Black, this is a great movie. Remember Dafoe as the Goblin in Spider-Man 1? Wait until you see the 3 layers of Sir Ben Kingsley here....Pit them against eachother...who wins the battle?
    Must see for Marvel fans, must see for Iron Man fans, must see for Comic fans, Must see for anybody that can go see a movie and enjoy action, fun and emotion (oh and some layers) in 1 movie. If not, go watch Resident Evil...

    Posted by Mark | Friday 26 April 2013 @ 09:02

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  • In this movie we get to see a lot of Tony Stark. Its cleverly written with plenty of sarcastic (and even the type of slapstick humor in Avengers) that makes it imo better than the 1 and 2nd outing of the armoured avenger. Just when you think the movie starts to get predictable it does a 180 that will either make people love it or not. I think for the people who are complaining of the villain I think they completely missed the point here. This type of twist we've already seen in past Marvel comic books i.e. in Heroes Reborn and Ultimate Iron man. So it isn't as far fetched an idea as some people make it out to be. Twist or no twist I absolutely loved it! Personally I think it challenges our strongly held notions of a villain.

    Posted by Ben | Sunday 28 April 2013 @ 03:06

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  • In this movie we get to see a lot of Tony Stark. Its cleverly written with plenty of sarcastic (and even the type of slapstick humor in Avengers) that makes it imo better than the 1 and 2nd outing of the armoured avenger. Just when you think the movie starts to get predictable it does a 180 that will either make people love it or not. I think for the people who are complaining of the villain I think they completely missed the point here. This type of twist we've already seen in past Marvel comic books i.e. in Heroes Reborn and Ultimate Iron man. So it isn't as far fetched an idea as some people make it out to be. Twist or no twist I absolutely loved it! Personally I think it challenges our strongly held notions of a villain.

    Posted by Ben | Sunday 28 April 2013 @ 03:06

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