The third film of the Iron Man series picks up after the Avengers have already saved New York City, not to mention the rest of the world. Director, Shane Black, along with fellow screenwriter, Drew Pearce, take on the challenge of telling an interesting story with a character the audience is very familiar with.
The only trouble viewers may have with the film is it ends up in a place so unexpected, it can throw off their attention and interest. The Mandarin is a well-known terrorist threating the U.S. with more strikes throughout the nation. When one of Tony Stark’s close employees (played by Jon Favreau) is hurt in the process, it becomes Iron Man’s job to avenge him. Robert Downey, Jr. still fits this role like no one else can.
The story takes quite a few twists and turns. As Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) is introduced and the audience learns more about his character, the story seems to lose some of its momentum. Trevor Slattery (Ben Kingsley) is an interesting character, albeit, perhaps for the wrong reasons. Colonel James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) has his best moments outside of his “Iron Patriot” uniform. Also, Tony Stark is reminded that he is not simply the sum of his Iron Man uniform. He can be heroic without it.
Special Effects, as usual, are well done, though some of the action sequences are over-the-top. Various Iron Man suits are featured and play major roles in certain parts of the film. Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) joins the crew in stopping the bad guys with style unexpected from her.
The moral of the story seems to put the spotlight on human nature. A project can begin with good intentions. However, lust for more power and personal egos can change these good intentions into a disaster. Knowledge is not enough to succeed. Wisdom is needed to guide knowledge in the right direction.
Iron Man 3 was released September 24, 2013 on Blu-Ray 3D, Blu-Ray, and DVD.