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Iron Man 3: A Fitting Conclusion that Left the Audience Wanting More

Updated on April 26, 2013

Iron Man 3

Bumbling Super Hero
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Iron Man 3

It's what you would expect from a big budget super hero flick: fast-paced, loud and visually stunning. Yes, Iron Man 3 was predictable but it was surprisingly entertaining as the characters were interesting and the plot--though inexplicable--was not treated by the people involved in it with gravitas. They’re having fun with the absurdity of the storyline and it translated well on screen. The movie might have featured sentient computers, battle ready robots, fancy set pieces and oodles of high-tech gadgets but it didn't feel like a video game at all. There’s a certain adolescent and humanistic appeal to it that viewers can really relate to.

Robert Downey Jr.’s egocentric man child rendering of Iron Man might be the film’s main selling point but Ben Kingsley gave him a run for his money and almost stole the show with his brilliant portrayal of Mandarin; a pseudo terrorist ring leader whose infatuation for attention is equal or even greater than that of Tony Stark. Both are appealing in their own eccentric ways and both are effective until the covers are blown. And then you know which one is the super hero with a noble mission and which one’s a poser whose sole motivation is just to get high as a kite.

There are some plot holes, some even glaring but they are few and far in between and are carefully or fortuitously placed between eye-popping action and silly yet infectiously funny dialogue. The way the film satirized the media and how easily it can be manipulated by a nefarious puppet master in the shadows is just brilliant. True evil thrives in anonymity and most often than not, we allow it to persevere because we don’t look beyond the obvious.

Iron Man 3 was efficient; efficient because there was no dialogue, no well-choreographed action sequence or even a character that was squandered. All had a part to play in the lead up to the film’s climax. My only quibble is that it felt like it was originally scheduled for a holiday release. It’s just weird to watch the film being set up against a background of Christmas trees and snow covered sidewalks on an oppressing, muggy summer weather. Also, I didn't recall anyone saying ‘Happy New Year’ during the Y2K festivities/paranoia. If my memory serves me right, everyone was greeting ‘Happy New Millennium’ to each other during that time. Well, ‘Blue (Da Ba Dee)’ by Eiffel 65 was an alright choice to commemorate that once-in-a-lifetime event so the minor oversight is forgivable. Alright, I admit I’m nit picking. I let my nostalgic emotions get the best of me for a second there. OK, back to the movie. Iron Man 3 was enjoyable, engaging and thoroughly satisfying from start to finish--a befitting and explosive conclusion to a groundbreaking superhero franchise.

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      rmcmillen 4 years ago

      I actually preferred what I saw as "the biggest storyline twist" when The Dark Knight Rises did it. I agree with the part about it being predictable, but (as I make plain in my hub "Iron Man 3 Through The Eyes Of A Real Fanboy") I must disagree with you on the part about it being entertaining. It's little more than a preference, but I like when a movie catches me off guard and I can't say "ok.... without having seen this before, I bet you ten bucks I can call what's about to happen" (I actually said that in the theater when watching it..... easiest 10 bucks I ever made).

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      Churchill P Guevarra 4 years ago from Philippines

      I enjoyed it because I wasn't expecting a lot from it. I know for a fact that big- budget event films don't rely on plot twist or character development to draw a crowd. In that sense, I considered it as entertaining because the whole visual presentation didn't feel like a video game as there were actually interesting characters in it who didn't just regurgitate silly one liners and said 'HI' to the camera. Yup, it was predictable and I can see what's gonna happen next from a mile away. 'Dark Knight Rises' was amazing because it wasn't formulaic but to say that it was 'the biggest storyline twist' is a little bit of a stretch don't you think?

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      rmcmillen 4 years ago

      Not really...... Ben K. WASNT The Mandarin.... How is that not the biggest plot twists when surrounded by many little ones that still made me say "is that supposed to surprise me or somethin'?"

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      Churchill P Guevarra 4 years ago from Philippines

      I'm not sure I follow you. I'm not a fan of comics or glossy big budget films so I was making my observations/review based on my expectation of these interconnected genres, how the actors portrayed their characters, the pacing, lighting etc.

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      rmcmillen 4 years ago

      The pacing was fast and action packed which worked well with the lighting (bright and colorful) however, both were overpowering and unneeded in order to enjoy the film...... But that's just my opinion as a film student of sorts.

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      Churchill P Guevarra 4 years ago from Philippines

      I respect your opinion. It just comes down to preference. I was just glad that Shane Black didn't feel the need to excessively utilize the hackneyed 'shaky camera' effect as it would've gave me spatial disorientation.

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      rmcmillen 4 years ago

      Indeed my friend. Agreed completely!

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