Iron Man 3 in Real D 3D
Despite the fact that some movie goers might hold the preconceived notion that Iron Man 3 is going to have the same story line as the first two movies—they're wrong and they're right. Every good formula has a basic foundation, but the elaborate details are a significant part of the thrill factor. Iron Man 3 does not disappoint in respect to the amount of graphics, explosions, and hi-tech gadgets. Moreover, you're bound to laugh out loud several times throughout the movie if you have the dry sense of humor that can appreciate the impassive wits of Robert Downey Jr.'s character, Tony Stark. Especially when his inventions fail at simple-minded tasks or fall apart during the climax of a fight. Plus, you never know what Tony Stark is going to say and that keeps you listening for spontaneous punch lines.
If you're still wavering on whether or not to see Iron Man 3, consider what would take your potential experience to the next level. Most people are going to opt for the IMAX 3D movie experience with Iron Man 3, but Real D 3D comes in a very content first for me and that's how I chose to experience the film.
IMAX 3D is known for being clearer, making images pop out (or so the theatre's box office employee swears); however, I disagree and think the popping of these images has a tendency to cause a blurriness around the object almost as if it's stealing pixels from the background imagery. The last time I saw a movie in IMAX 3D, I only recall feeling like I was seeing it in 3D for the first 10 minutes with occasional pop outs here and there. Notwithstanding the glasses, the only souvenir I went home with was a massive headache starting about halfway into the movie, which made me want to rip my glasses off and take some Advil. Bottom line: I recommend Real D 3D for satisfaction guaranteed.
Iron Man 3 in Real D 3D draws you in and puts you at the center of the movie; you're standing in front of Tony Stark while he's tinkering with his toys as parts of the Iron Man suit are flying past you—or so you think. The digital surround sound is a perfect marriage to the film's graphics and for that moment of time you forget you're in a movie theatre. From beginning to end the optics remained evident and I was pleased.
WARNING: spoiler alert!
Iron Man 3 introduces layers of new concepts. Tony Stark spends his time outside of the Iron Man suit and instead controls the suit from a distance several times throughout the movie. Tony Stark still wears the suit and fights in it, after all he is Iron Man, but his controllership of the suit from afar is a refreshing twist to the plot. Luckily, this "controllership" saves his neck in a couple of dire situations.
The movie starts off with Tony having been busy constructing new models of the Iron Man suit in his spare time. The MK 42 is the newest of these models and is coded to attach itself to Tony Stark's body, piece-by-piece, when called–even flying from miles away to complete the task. Other models are bigger, more durable versions of the original suit and meant to do specific damage of one sort or another. Basically, Tony has been building an army of suits for a rainy day, that again, he controls from a distance.
Another new concept was that of Gwyneth Paltrow's character, Pepper Potts, reversing roles—temporarily—when she gets to play the hero at one point in the movie due to a genetic alteration. She also wears the MK 42 suit for a brief moment, which is unexpected since the last thing you'd expect to see is a petite Gwyneth Paltrow in a masculine metal suit.
Probably one of the concepts of the movie that gives it a good change in pace is how Tony interacts with a couple of his fans and recruits their help while stranded and without any of his Iron Man suits. One such fan includes a boy by the name of Harley, played by Ty Simpkins. Harley appears to have a knack for tinkering with and building mechanics, just like Tony Stark. I think this character is a good conductor to keep the story going while grounding Robert Downey Jr.'s character. Tony Stark's interaction with Harley is somewhat humbling, with a side of panic attacks, which Harley attempts to help alleviate—again, comedy ensues.
As with Iron Man 2, a flashback helps introduce the villains of the film, this time with a flashback to 1999. Some of the villains of Iron Man 3 are unsuspected, but again this works out well. Surprisingly, The Mandarin, played by Ben Kingsley is hilarious, considering his role, and contrasts well to the comical style of the intelligent Tony Stark. This is something that doesn't come across in previews for obvious reasons.
The remaining cast of returning characters do their jobs well as supporting actors, so nothing has changed there. All-in-all, Iron Man 3 has action, adventure, graphics, explosions, comedy and really everything you could ask for in a movie without the drama. Yes, the basic formula is there: damsel in distress, evil villain wants to blow-up the world or worse, something goes wrong when Iron Man attempts to save the world and then everything comes together in the end. Nevertheless, with a cast of new characters it's definitely worth the money to go see it in Real D 3D.
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© 2013 Kimberly Liby