Review by Jordan Hunt for CaryCitizen.
Cary, NC – Iron Man 3 is the best Iron Man yet. There, I said it. It’s so rare that a third film in a series actually has any juice left, but Iron Man 3 not only improves on the second installment but also serves as a hugely entertaining follow-up to last year’s ridiculously successful The Avengers.
Focus on Character and Story
Speaking of The Avengers, if there was any one thing working against Iron Man 3, it was that iconic superhero team-up film that proceeded it. It’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t seen The Avengers, and even harder to find someone who didn’t like it.
The obvious move would have been for the filmmakers to try and top the gathering of Earth’s mightiest heroes and hope for the best. But in a rather brilliant move, Iron Man 3 scales things down considerably, instead focusing on its story and characters rather than sheer spectacle.
Tony Stark’s Journey
Probably my favorite part about Iron Man 3 is Stark’s own journey. The film really lets the audience see how Tony Stark, again played by the amazing Robert Downey, Jr, reacts after almost dying in a wormhole in space and discovering that aliens and Gods do in fact exist. It’s a version of Stark that the audience is not used to seeing. It’s refreshing that even after 4 movies, Downey is committed to allowing his character to grow while keeping the story as fascinating as possible.
Great Action and Fun to Spare
Ok, I know it sounds like this movie is some sort of superhero character drama, but that’s just not the case. Iron Man 3 has a great story and character development, but it also has action to spare.
The movie wisely never tries to top the epic-ness of The Avengers, but instead keeps the action focused and exciting. By putting in the extra effort with its characters, the movie is able to up the stakes and make you genuinely care about the outcome of these characters. More importantly, the movie never forgets to just have FUN.
Ben Kingsley Steals the Show
One of the most consistent qualities of the Iron Man films and its counterparts has been the cast. Robert Downey, Jr is simply Iron Man at this point, and remains as fun and funny to watch in the part as ever. In fact, this is easily the funniest of the three movies so far, with Downey having numerous lines and reactions that had the audience erupting in laughter, myself included. Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce all have a chance to get in on the fun as well. However, it’s Sir Ben Kingsley, from films like Gandhi and Schindler’s List who almost steals the entire movie as the film’s main villain, the terrorist known as The Mandarin. The less said about his role the better, but his performance is easily one of the best things about the movie.
If you weren’t a fan of the previous Iron Man movies, then I doubt Iron Man 3 will change your mind. For everyone else, this is a must see. I saw it on IMAX 3D, and while the 3D was iffy at best, I highly recommend seeing this on the big screen.
Iron Man 3 provides a great story, fantastic action and proves to be a fun and entertaining start to the summer movie season.
Also, seeing as this is Cary Citizen, I’d be a fool not to mention that Iron Man 3 filmed more than a few scenes right here in town. If you see the movie, try and spot those locations and let us know in the comments what you found!