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Review : Iron Man 3

HTF’s Fwah Storm checked out the latest addition to the Iron Man series, see what he thought right here!

Title: Iron Man 3

Certificate: 12A

Release Date: April 25th 2013

One of the biggest cinematic events this year has to be  none other than ‘Iron Man 3‘: the first movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to follow on from ‘The Avengers‘ (A.k.a. Avengers Assemble). Once the trailers hit the web, and Marvel talked about phase two of their cinematic adventures at last years San Diego Comic Con. Comic Book fans and Movie lovers have been in eager anticipation, waiting and wanting the third instalment of the Iron Man franchise to arrive more than Christmas.

The first thing I will be able to say with full confidence is that it’s not going to be easy to write a spoiler free review of the movie, However, I like a challenge, and I know that I can do it…so here goes nothing!

Iron Man 3′ sees the return of Tony Stark, our beloved billionaire, playboy, philanthropist, Superhero (played by Robert Downey Jr) After the events that took place in New York during ‘The Avengers‘. The world is a different place for Tony, who is now left with mental and physical scars after fighting along side S.H.I.E.L.D. and their well picked team of misfits. But how have these scars effected Tony?…Well, Tony is now at a place in his life where he feels like he matters, but is ignored. The World looks different to him now, and just as things become too stressful for old Shell Head, a new danger is on the horizon in the form of a mysterious character known as The Mandarin (played by Sir Ben Kingsley).
But Tony wants an answer to a problem that he’s not even sure exists, or is just in his head. He knows he’s not the same anymore, and he wants to know why. So Tony does what he has always done best, and focuses on building, until the exploits of The Mandarin take a foul turn and threaten to step into Tony’s personal life.
Tony is full of anger and rage that is not only directed towards The Mandarin, but is also himself, after a typical Tony Stark move, The Mandarin shows Tony what he is fully capable of,  pulls Tony away from the world he has been desperately trying to protect, and begins a game of cat and mouse that could truly bring the world to it’s knees.

Shane Black (The Man responsible for bringing us ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’) bravely steps up to the plate, and takes over from John Faverau in the directors chair. In doing so he has fully understood that the majority of his audience won’t see this as a continuation from ‘Iron Man 2’ and more a follow up to ‘The Avengers’. Black has made some brave and bold moves in the story telling. The script is extremely well penned, but Mr. Black has made sure to leave his mark on the franchise so that you know he was responsible for this big screen adventure.
The acting from the cast is fantastic! Robert Downey Jr. once again proves that his acting abilities know no boundaries, and continues to ‘wow’ audiences by being more Tony Stark than Tony Stark could ever dream of being. The lovely Gwyneth Paltrow who plays Pepper Potts is given a lot to take on in this outing, and in all fairness does it with such ease. That doesn’t mean she’s the type of actor who could be considered as perfect for playing the lead in an action movie, but given the chance I think she could do a good job.
And then there’s the villains of the piece…everyone loves a good villain, and let me tell you that Guy Pearce should be allowed to play them more often. Of course, Sir Ben Kingsley does a great job with what he has been given, and shows that he is a force that no one should attempt to top, which leads me to something that I feel I really should warn people about.
If you’re a hardcore comic book fan, then you are going to have a few things to grumble about.

Now,  I have loved comic books since I was knee high to a grasshopper, and everytime there is a big budget adaptation of a Comic Book scheduled to be released in the cinema, then you better believe that it gets my number one priority. These movies are a big deal to me. Those characters that I love and adore are finally being given the respect that they deserve because of these movies, and it means that people have stopped calling me the ‘Weird Comic book Geek’…..instead they just call me weird!

But I fully understand that not everything can be lifted straight from the pages, and put into a big screen adaptation with out them seeming…well..silly. So I respect the choices that directors make with changes that are made. However, some of those changes have been great in the past, and others have left a bitter taste in my mouth.

So if I do have to point out any cons with this movie, then I would have to say that the changes made to The Mandarin were promising at first, but sadly lead into something that I can’t seem to look past.

If you’re not a comic book reader, then you will be unaffected by the changes, Although, if you’re going to watch this with a friend who would be prepared to turn up to a screening dressed as Iron Man, then it’s best that you sit as far away from them as possible, because the emo bomb will go off eventually.

That being said, ‘Iron Man 3′ is loosely based on several story arcs from the comics, most notably an arch called ‘Extremis’ (Which was written by the very talented Warren Ellis)…Just ask any comic book fan about this arch, and they’ll back me up when I say that it is both important and brilliant in the world of Iron Man. So when you have to tie in so many elements from so many arcs, it’s no surprise that changes are going to be made. Luckily the script has been so well penned that it manages to keep those elements without over covoluting the story.

The special effects in the feature are superb in 2D, so I can imagine that 3D audiences will have a great time. These effects do a great job at leaving some haunting images imbedded into your mind for a little while after you’ve left the cinema.

The score to the movie is nothing short of beautiful and powerful while retaining an element that somehow moves you in ways that you believe only the characters can experience. In some way it reminds me of the score from ‘The Crow’ which I think is a wonderful thing.

But if I had to choose one thing to fully praise the movie for it would be the simple fact that even though I’m not a billionaire with expensive toys, and a flair for the dramatic side of saving lives, I found Tony to be so relate-able, and that his suffering really pulled at my heart strings…I won’t say this will be the same for everyone else, ’cause we’re all different after all. But I can’t help feeling that I won’t be the only one who will walk away from the cinema feeling the same way that I did.

The action that accompanies this film is an important element to touch upon. Most of us will be wondering if (and how) Shane Black manages to top the action sequences from The Avengers…well, let me tell you that this movie is a prime example that you don’t always need to go bigger if you want something to be better. These sequences are stunning, and during the third act you will probably find that your fingernails are firmly gripped into the edge of your seat. You will see things that will take your breathe away, but just when you’re feeling shocked at what you’ve just seen, you’ll be treated to a pleasant and comical reminder that this is a movie, without being taken out of the film you have inadvertently allowed yourself to be sucked into.

All in all, I could go on all day about this movie…Yes, it is flawed, but we all know by now that even the perfect diamond has it’s flaws, otherwise it wouldn’t be perfect. And that is exactly what this movie is. It’s the perfect diamond. It has flaws, and you can see them from a mile away, but this is made up for in so many ways.

Tony Stark in ‘Iron Man 3’: ‘I have a lot of apologies to make… Nothing’s been the same since New York. You experience things, and then they’re over. I can’t sleep, and when I do I have nightmares. Honestly, there’s a hundred people who want to kill me. I hope I can protect the one thing I can’t live without…’

In fact, I will guarantee that a lot of you who go to this movie will walk out of it feeling unsure on whether you liked it or not. I know I did, but the more I think about it, the more I want to go back and experience it again…and surely, that is the sign of a good movie, right?

I feel I should remind you that if the Marvel movies have taught us anything so far it’s that you don’t leave the cinema the moment the credits start rolling. If you do, then you miss out on a little treat. This is the same for Iron Man 3. There is a little something for you at the end, but I won’t spoil it by telling you what it is. I’ll just say that it’s not what you expect.

Iron Man 3‘ gets a 7 out of 10!

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