Saturday, August 3, 2013

Movies In Review: Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3 doesn't fail to deliver. If you love Tony Stark and the Iron Man universe this is a must see! The movie begins with Stark, speaking to someone (which you'll have to watch until the end credits are over to find out who - which is awesome BTW) about what's going on in his head. Through out the movie Stark (Robert Downey Jr,) suffers from near crippling panic attacks. Added to the mounting stress in Stark's life, there is now a new threat, The Mandarin (Ben Kinglsey), a terrorist claiming war against the President of the United States and those that fight for the US. Behind the scenes, we are introduced to Maya Hensen (Rebecca Hall), a brilliant bio chemist from Tony's past, along with Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce). After being jilted by Tony from their first encounter, Aldrich Killian, through his desperation began his villainous plan to take-over. Putting the pieces of the puzzle together, if you combine Hensen's plant that can generate the chemical engenering to regenerate cells, with Killian's desire for building the perfect human, you'll get the receipe for the super human armor that takes on Iron Man and The Patriot. Oh yeah, The Patriot was renamed because it tested better with test groups, War Machine was changed to The Patriot but still worn by Colonel Rhodes (Don Cheadle).

The hidden gems within the movie are Ben Kingsley who portrays The Mandarin, and Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts). Kingsley gives a flawless rendition of The Mandarin, who has been hired by Killian in an attempt to control the war on terror, I love that The Mandarin isn't what he seems to be. Paltrow finally gets to see more action than just with Stark! I absolutely love to see the female protagonist rise up, literally out of the ashes, to become more. She actually comes to the aide and saves Stark more than once in this movie. The finale with Killian's death had me cheering and wishing for more.
Overall - this is a great summer movie, a must see. It is full of heart and action, you won't be disappointed in the least. I also appreciated that it includes references to Tony's time with the Avengers and the incident in New York. But, don't forget - stay in the theater until after the movie credits. I think it's well worth it.