Now it is finally time for a very belated Iron Man 3 review. The movie opened in the UK two weeks ago and I eventually saw it on Friday 3 May. Since then it’s made a ton of money.
I will try to avoid explicit spoilers, but as always be warned.
In summary, Tony Stark has returned to his home in California to tinker on new Iron Man suits while Pepper runs the company. Meanwhile a terrorist mastermind known as the Mandarin has been, well, terrorising people. And Guy Pierce is up to no good with biotechnology called Extremis.
Various characters return. Pepper obviously. And James Rhodes who wears the War Machine armour, which is now rebranded the Iron Patriot. Also original director John Favreau returns as Happy Hogan, chief of security in a beefed-up part.
One particular cast memeber joining the movie is British actress Rebecca Hall playing scientist Maya Hansen from the original Extremis comic storyline. I’m a fan of Rebecca so it was great to see her in a big-budget Hollywood summer release although ultimately she was a bit wasted.
Also joining the cast is Sir Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin. The mandarin is a long-time foe of Irn Man and I expect some comic book fans may net be well pleased by the movie imnerpration of the character. There is a “twist” but I did see it coming.
The movie has also come in for criticism that Tony does not wear his armour much in the movie. Indeed for a good chunk of the running time he is armour less and has to use his ingenuity to track down and fight Guy Pierce and his Extermis-powered minions. (A nice nod to the comics is the inclusion of his company AIM – Advanced Ideas Mechanics.)
Despite some dark subject matter the movie has a light tone with many patented Robert Downey Jr comic moments. To be fair he does do them very well.
The movie reference the Avengers movie a fair bit, even showing a few flashback clips and including quite a few mentions of what happened in New York. Indeed the events of Avengers have affected Tony and as well as having sleepless nights he’s prone to anxiety attacks. One of my favourite moments in the movie is when a little girl asks Tony to sign a picture she drew and he’s scrawls a ‘help me’ message in crayons.
Oddly the movie goes out of its way to imply that the Iron Man story is complete with the third instalment. Maybe the makers watched The Dark Knight Rises once too often. Somehow I think Tony and the armour will return.
Overall, while it’s no Avengers it is an entertaining addition to the Marvel movie series.
Next up, Thor: Dark World…