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Movie Review: Iron Man 3

I saw Iron Man 3 last week. It continues (or perhaps completes) the saga of Tony Stark, billionaire industrialist, and super-hero crime-fighter, a.k.a Iron Man (played by Robert Downey Jr.). And, of course, no super-hero is complete without a super-villain to oppose him. In this installment of the series, the villain in question is the Mandarin, a slippery and insidious terrorist of unknown origin who has the entire country on alert. He is widely-known for hacking national broadcasts and issuing threats and ultimatums to the country and the President of the United States. However, no one can seem to find him. He is an enigma, a ghost, lurking about every corner waiting to strike.

 

Then, one of Tony’s friends is injured in what is believed to be a strike by the Mandarin. Tony Stark, in a brash fit of anger challenges the Mandarin in the press, and even gives out his home address. The Mandarin promptly rises to the challenge and blows up Tony’s house, nearly killing him in the process. But that is just the beginning. Now the gloves are off and it is Iron Man versus the Mandarin. But first, Tony must find his foe. He tracks him across the country searching for the elusive villain’s lair. Slowly, he begins to unravel the clever web of deceptions the Mandarin has built to protect his identity. It all culminates in an enormous climactic battle between the two men … and a lot of iron man suits. Pepper Potts is placed in danger, as is the President. Will Tony emerge triumphant? Or will Iron Man finally go down in flames. You’ll have to watch the movie to find out.

 

Strengths: well, it was a solid action movie. The special effects were excellent, the explosions were numerous (perhaps, too numerous at times), and the story-line was clear and relatively easy to follow. I liked the twist it had. The villain was portrayed as truly formidable, yet his origin was explained in a plausible way (insofar as super-hero movies can be plausible). Weaknesses: as noted above, there may have been a few too many explosions. Although the movie was decent, I wouldn’t call it great. I opted not to join friends for a second viewing, and the only reason I might purchase it in the future is to complete my collection. I’m not quite sure what it was, but the movie was lacking something. Perhaps, I have just outgrown the super-hero type movie (I am forty-one, after all). Explosions and fist fights are only so entertaining for so long.

 

Ultimately, I’ll give this movie three and a half stars out of five.

Old Movie Review: Iron Man (2008)

Drasmyr Blog TourI’m going to be out of town and away from my computer for a couple days, so I’m giving you my Thursday post today (Wednesday). I should be back to my regular posting schedule next week.

“Iron Man” was released several years ago now (2008). It was one of the prequels to the more recent “Avengers” movie (2012). It starred Robert Downey Jr. as billionaire playboy Tony Stark. Stark is the head of Stark Industries, a weapons manufacturing company. In the beginning of the movie, Stark is portrayed as a carefree playboy unconcerned by the real human costs that come with developing more efficient weapons of death. Things, however, quickly take a turn for the worse for Tony. He is captured by a terrorist group in the mountains of Afghanistan where the head guy wants him to build a Jericho missile for the terrorists. Note to self: if you ever kidnap a multi-billionaire genius to make you a rocket, don’t lock him up in a cave with all his toys! Stark uses his time to build the prototype for his Iron Man suit instead. Basically, it consists of robotic body armor with a slew of weapons that help him to escape from the terrorists’ clutches.

From that point, Stark has something of an epiphany and realizes that he doesn’t want his legacy to simply be the production of weapons. He wants something more. When he returns to the states, he announces a change in direction for the company he controls. But this, of course, draws him into conflict with his ruthless right hand man, Obadiah Stane. It is this conflict which drives the rest of the movie and leads up to a final climactic battle at the end.

Overall, the movie was excellent. It was good enough that I purchased it for my own collection. If there is a flaw, it is probably the inconsistency of Stark’s epiphany. He doesn’t want to make weapons anymore, so he builds a super-weapon… his suit. But we can overlook that, I suppose, because without his suit there wouldn’t be a movie, unless you wanted to turn it into a sappy drama about the evolving sentimentality of a billionaire. Not about a rough and tumble billionaire who can kick butt when he puts on his technological masterpiece. Anyway, the action was great. The comedic moments were also great. And Robert Downey Jr. put in a stellar performance. I can’t think of any major flaws beyond the picayune one I mentioned above. So…

I’ll give the movie 4 1/2 out of five stars. And it might even be worth a 5, but I’ve seen it so many times, it’s lost some of its luster.