Iron Man 3 (2013)
Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce
The world is still recovering from the Avengers' Battle of New York, which has practically become canonical in superhero lore. Even Tony Stark (Downey, Jr.) continues to suffer from serious anxiety attacks. When a new threat shows its face in the form of a mysterious terrorist called the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), the world yet again depends on the billionaire they call Iron Man for help. However, when the Mandarin and his cohorts make a personal visit to Mr. Stark and take away everything he holds most dear, Tony finds himself against the proverbial ropes and desperate to survive. With the world hanging on a string and mistakes from his past coming back to haunt him, Iron Man must regroup quickly as he struggles to restore peace and re-inflate his legendary ego.
The Story: Tony Stark is no stranger to stiff competition from super villains. But in "Iron Man 3," he's really got his hands full with the Mandarin, who makes things personal by blowing up Stark's house. (If you've seen the trailer, this shouldn't come as a spoiler to you.) Stark must practically start from scratch to figure out who the Mandarin and take the fight to him, which is a bit difficult when all you've got is a busted heap of metal with a dead battery. The Stark-vs-Mandarin showdown sets itself up to be pretty monumental - and it should be! ...Shouldn't it?
The Acting: Tony Stark is a jerk. This should come as no shock. But in "Iron Man 3," Tony Stark is really a jerk and often takes his sarcastic frustration out on women and one young boy in particular. It, at times, is a little uncomfortable to watch, which wasn't necessarily the case in "The Avengers" or the previous "Iron Man" installments. Pepper Potts (Paltrow) feels like more of an annoyance than anything else. Don Cheadle isn't bad, but isn't on screen enough to make that much of a difference. Guy Pearce makes his "Iron Man" debut as the geek-to-glory Aldrich Killian, but, come to think of it, has Guy Pearce ever really been likable in any movie? The acting is the biggest knock on this movie - and that's before even mentioning that "Iron Man" easily gave America the most controversial plot twist of the summer, which really creates a huge letdown about two-thirds of the way through the movie. If you've seen the movie, you know what the Salt Lake DVD Examiner is talking about.
The Genre: "Iron Man 3" is definitely the darkest film of the trilogy, perhaps aiming for a more mature audience than its predecessors. With a heavy focus on terrorism in America, viewers may want to consider only watching the movie with its intended 13-and-older age group. Stark is an emotional wreck throughout much of the film and the overall tone of the film is much more emotional than any other Marvel movies that the up-and-coming generation has become accustomed to. But, if it's explosions and fighting and impressive special effects that you're hoping for, look no further!
On the heels of the tremendously-successful "Avengers" movie, Marvel really got people's hopes up for "Iron Man 3." For heaven's sake, did you see the trailer?? Expectations for Tony Stark's latest escapades were sky high. ... However... America's ongoing outrage at one plot twist in particular speaks volumes - and if you haven't yet watched the show, you will be outraged, as well - as the movie seriously loses steam as it goes along. The movie sets itself up for one storyline, then completely changes directions... and the direction it heads is severely disappointing - a major downgrade. Sure, the movie has enough bang for your buck, filling its two and a half hours full of fist fights and bombs, but you'll feel empty inside when the credits start to roll. If you haven't seen the movie or if you're just curious about watching it again, go ahead and Redbox it. It's not a complete waste of your dollar-fifty, but there's no reason to pick this one up for full price. "The Avengers" set the superhero standard and it looks like that bar will not be breached anytime soon. Not by Iron Man, anyway. You may also be interested in: "The Avengers" (2012), "Iron Man" (2008), "Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011).
Blu-ray bonus features:
- Audio in English, French, Spanish, English Descriptive Audio
- Subtitles in English, French, Spanish
- Marvel short film: "One Shot: Agent Carter"
- Featurettes: "Iron Man 3 Unmasked," "Deconstructing the Scene: Attack on Air Force One," Exclusive look at "Thor: The Dark World"
- Deleted and extended scenes: 10, in total, including several outtakes
- Gag reel
- Optional audio commentary
Studio: Marvel Studios
Directed by: Shane Black
Running time: 130 minutes
MPAA rating: PG-13 for "sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief suggestive content," including innuendo and language typically uncharacteristic of Marvel/Disney movies (most shockingly, several references to male and female anatomy), some dismemberment (human and robotic), a couple instances of nightmares/hallucinations, and prevalent Middle Eastern-style terrorism against Americans.
Costars: Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, Jon Favreau
Blu-ray release date: September 24, 2013
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