Iron Man 3 FeaturedWritten by Jon Patch
Marvel Studios, Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and DMG Entertainment present a PG-13, 130 Minute, action, sci-fi, thriller, adventure, directed by Shane Black, written by Black and Drew Pearce with a theater release date of May 3, 2013.
The story opens in the year 1999, its New Year’s Eve and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) aka Iron Man is in Bern, Switzerland about to bed a genetic engineering doctor Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall) that is after he left a possible new client Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) waiting out in the cold. All anger aside Tony is always under strict observation and protection from his buddy Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) not that he needs a bodyguard heck he’s Iron Man but it does add a little levity and intrigue to a good not great script. Thankfully due to some great direction, special effects, acting and 3D it helps to fill in some weak spots in the writing, not many but there are a few.
Spring forward to present day Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) Tony’s better half is getting a visit from a past acquaintance, Killian, yes the guy Tony left out in the cold in 1999, who is there to present a possible partnership idea to Stark Industries using technology held within the brain. In the waiting room under close eye by Happy is a rather odd man that doesn’t quite seem to fit in to the business world attire, Eric Savin (James Badge Dale). Tony is back at home taking care of new ideas and technology which is causing him to have nightmares and lack of sleep hence also playing part in a bumpy relationship with Pepper.
In the world and all over the news a new terrorist has emerged by the name of The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) and he has already proven his intentions in the tourist district of Los Angeles. There have been nine bombings already but the government has only released three in order to keep the public fears at rest. When Iron Man gets word of this man’s intentions he publicly pushes politics aside and announces revenge on The Mandarin by giving out his address on media outlets everywhere. Well if you’re going to invite trouble in it is definitely going to come a knocking but beforehand a blast from the past shows up on Tony’s doorstep, Maya with a warning to run. Too late to soon the bad guys are here and sad to say the Stark property soon becomes part of Atlantis found at the bottom of the ocean.
Soon Tony finds himself in Rose Hill Tennessee with Jarvis (voiced by Paul Bettany) in search of clues to find the terrorist cell. He befriends a young boy Harley (Ty Simpkins) and with his assistance is able to take down some of the bad guys that take a small quiet town and make it a war zone. Soon thereafter a message is sent to President Ellis of the United States (William Sadler) that no matter what his attempts he cannot hide and his time is numbered. Next stop for Tony Stark is Miami, Florida in search of more clues but never in his wildest ideas did he think he would find what he did in the sunshine state, not exactly the face of terror. Still the battle continues for Iron Man now with the assistance of James Rhodes, the War Machine (Don Cheadle). Answers to questions soon start to become reality and in the end making sense that no matter what house you’re living in whether white or not nowhere even at thirty thousand feet is safe in the face of terror. Although there are some pretty awesome special effects in this moment as Iron Man decides to play “Chunky Monkey” which by the way literally brought cheers from the audience.
In the end, several characters die, some almost by oil and fire on the Rox Xon Norco as Iron Man and Iron Patriot along with some very special friend’s battle it out with some very heated terrorists. Even the protocoled son returns before he once again falls to pieces. Overall its Christmas time and Tony who has fought many a war as a man rather than an Iron Man calls for a clean slate giving him the best sleep in years and thankfully not alone.
There’s a lot going on in this film and the director takes us on yet another incredible journey even though we’ve already gone through two other Iron Man films and many other super heroes. Although the terrorists have an extra availability that can absolutely devastate the world the writers keep the plot very much in tune with what is happening in the world today, making this film very real and yet scary to some degree. Even though Iron Man, his family and friends are dealing with terrorists the writers seemed to be very good at sliding in some very relatable moments to mankind’s past, present and most likely future. Not a big nor desirable soundtrack but the special effects in this film all in 3D are superb and will definitely have you on the edge of your seat. Yet through it all there are many twists and turns most that I have tried to stay away from so as not to give too much away.
Downey Jr. has really become my favorite super-hero as a man and as Iron man he is a joy to watch on the big screen and is spot on with his delivery and at his age still looks incredibly good even in a close up. Paltrow, recently crowned the world’s most beautiful woman alive is truly a heart breaker and proves she can play good girl and bad girl all in one feature film. Hall seemed to be a bit dry for my taste but she never really is a huge part of the film other than the plot. Pearce is great, I had no idea it was him in the beginning but once he grooms up of course you recognize him even in his good and bad moods. Kingsley was both frightening yet silly and like Favreau, Simpkins and Szostak (Ellen Brandt) are all welcome additions in the supporting roles that make this film powerful. Even though Cheadle doesn’t appear until later in the story he proves he is truly a brilliant actor. Overall once again Robert Downey Jr. and everyone else involved with “Iron Man 3” have proved that this is one of the best Marvel stories to make it to the big screen. Written and thoroughly enjoyed with three and half paws out of four by Jon Patch.
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