Director: Shane Black
Screenwriter: Drew Pearce - Shane Black
Starring: Robert Downey Jn. - Gwyneth Paltrow - Don Cheadle - Guy Pearce - Sir Ben Kingsley - Rebecca Hall
Running Time: 130 Minutes (2h 10m)
Spoiler Forecast = Very small
- Going into Iron Man 3 I had two big worries that were established from the trailers:
- Sir Ben Kingsley’s ‘Mandarin’ didn’t look like a dastardly and cold blooded villain…He looked kinda silly, mostly from the brief snippets of his voice that we got to hear. Eg. “Yoooou’ll neveeuuuuur see meeeee coming”.
- The film makers seemed to have gone with a very strong American vibe. Freedom, Consistution, Terrorists, “PROWTEACT THE PRES-EH-DAINT” etc.
- Without spoilers, the only thing that I can say is that the trailers’ misdirection is masterful. Because that was EXACTLY what I was suppose to think.
- This is the first Iron Man sans Jon Favreau direction and the result of Shane Black’s third installment is easily the darkest of the trilogy. Yes, when we meet everyone’s favorite Genius, Billionaire, Playboy, Philanthropist at the start of Iron Man 3 he’s essentially suffering PTSD after the events of Avengers. Anxiety attacks, insomnia, violent outbursts, he has it all.
- But to counteract the traditional third installment’s darker tone, Black has also delivered easily the funniest of the trilogy. Here we get Tony Starks’ almost trademark one liners a-plenty, and each one of them is worth at least a smile.
- With Marvel’s first film after The Avengers we don’t get any appearances from the other members of the team but there are plenty of references and even a flashback. The first two Iron Man films proved that Tony Stark has enough personality to fill up an entire film, and almost top the list of everyone’s favorite Avenger, and here once again it’s clear that Robert Downey Jnr. is the perfect casting. Iron Man 3 is proof that after Avengers, stand alone super hero films are still perfectly fine.
- It’s an interesting thing to see how the internet reacts to a new film-based-on-a-comic-book, the example here is mixed. As I write this the tomato meter sits at 92%, meaning that over nine out of ten reviewers recommend this film, but in the comments of Youtube/Facebook/Twitter/IMDB it seems like the comic book fans hate Iron Man 3, and nothing causes more flame wars that nerd-rage. I haven’t read any Iron Man comics so I can’t be sure, but I’m guessing this is because of how the film treats the Mandarin, who is suppose to be Iron Man’s arch-nemesis, like The Joker to Batman or Lux Luther to Superman. Given that this is spoiler-free, the vague explanation is that the film does some things with the Mandarin that I’ll bet 95% of people won’t see coming.
- The only real flaws that I can see with this installment is that most of the side characters are under-used, such as Rebecca Hall, and the script doesn’t do a great job of outlining all the villain’s motifs. Plus Don Cheadle/War Machine plays a much smaller part in this outing, which is a shame, he was my favorite part of the second film.
- Finally, to answer the question: Yes, Stay after the credits.
Iron Man 3 delivers exactly what you want from the series: A film from the Marvel-verse that stands confident on it’s own two feet after the behemoth of the Avengers. It’s not without it’s small flaws, but if you want to be solidly entertained for two hours, have a few laughs and be taken by a few surprises, it’s hard to go wrong with this. Just don’t go in expecting it to be a gospel retelling of the comics.