Iron Man 3 Film Movie Review
Boy, what a difference a director change can make. Jon Favreau, who helmed Iron Man and Iron Man 2, has given the director's chair to Shane Black. Shane, as fun as his intentions may have been, single-handedly crushed every nerd's dream of seeing the one true Mandarin on screen. Potential spoilers ahead for those of you who haven't seen this yet, if there are any of you out there.
The first hour of the film was fantastic. It focused on Tony's PTSD after the events of The Avengers, introduced us to The Mandarin and Aldrich Killian, and showed us some freaky new form of the human bomb called Extremis. Shane got me seriously excited throughout this first hour. Things kept building and getting more and more intense and then suddenly.... nothing. Everything became lackluster as soon as the big reveal turned out to be nothing more than an actor drowning in beer. Talk about a slap in the face to an amazing character. My hopes were lifted in the big showdown as Tony's hundreds of suits battled it out with Killian's small army. It was interesting to see all the different designs Tony had come up with. We even got to see a mini-version of the upcoming Hulkbuster.
The acting was far better than in Iron Man 2. The arguing actually was funny this time, especially when Tony brought home a gigantic bunny (with boobs, mind you) for Pepper for Christmas. Tony obviously doesn't know what a high-maintenance woman wants when it comes to gifts. It's certainly not a Boob-Bunny. Guy Pearce is good at acting, no matter what role he takes on, however, the villain role suits him best. He knows how to be unnerving when he needs to be and he knows how to be subtle or comedic when he needs to be. Ben Kingsley did well, considering he had the most botched role of all time. He worked with what he was given and did the best he could.
How PTSD was presented was done splendidly. Tony's sudden flashbacks and peaks of anxiety were all so realistic and wasn't overdone or underwhelming. It was spot-on, making you really feel for him.
The visuals were fantastic, my favorite being the assault at Tony's mansion, or rather, on Tony's mansion. Never threaten a terrorist, kids. The various suits were a fun sight to see but it really is too bad that we didn't get to see what each did. That would have been a whole movie in and of itself seeing as how there were so many of them. The only problem I have with the suits is the fact that they broke so easily. I'm assuming it's because Tony was not in the best state of mind but he's far too smart to just throw them together, don't you think?
In conclusion, Iron Man 3 is only half bad. The Mandarin and the suits were the biggest flaws but those were also some pretty big flaws to make. Shane Black apparently had a hand in writing this as well as directing, which was the biggest flaw of all. He's not a bad director, but having to rush the writing so you can focus on the directing is never a good thing, as is proven by the execution of the film. Don't expect anything fantastic as far as the plot goes and you'll love it.
© 2016 Alec Zander