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Iron Man 3 Review

Iron Man will return to the silver screen on May 25th marking the beginning of phase two in the Marvel cinematic universe, but is Iron Man 3 the best choice to start us off on the path to the Avengers 2?

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After seeing the two hour long mess that is Iron Man 2 it was hard to get excited about the idea of another Iron Man sequel, but Iron Man 3 has managed to put the series back on track.

imaThe story takes place shortly after the events of The Avengers film. Tony Stark is trying to get on with his life, but is haunted by the memory of his near death experience at the end of The Avengers.

True to his character, he tries to avoid dealing with it by throwing himself into his work. This plan works for a while, but soon the cracks begin to show especially when he’s forced to face his own mortality again by going head to head with the villains of the film without his iron armour.

In the same way that Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies focused on Bruce Wayne, this film puts a lot of the weight onto Tony Stark’s shoulders. He lost his confidence when he realised that he wasn’t invincible and now he has to build that back up.

This time around the plot is much better and the characters are more developed and realistic, but don’t worry that doesn’t mean the film will be dark and gritty like all of the recent DC comic book adaptations have been.

This is still an Iron Man film which means that you can expect plenty of laughs and action to accompany the more serious plot point, making it the ideal movie for a family night out.

There’s no denying that even in Iron Man 2, which was the low point of the franchise, Robert Downey Jr did an amazing job bringing Tony Stark to life.

In Iron Man 3 Downey Jr is let loose. Stark goes through some really challenging times and Downey Jr is able to show the resulting transformation while still perfectly delivering funny one liners.

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Ben Kingsley and Guy Pearce play the main villains of the film. Kingsley is no stranger to playing a villain and does a great job playing the terrorist known as the Mandarin.

Despite having appeared in the comics, the films version of the Mandarin has undergone some significant changes. The most obvious being that he’s played by a white guy even though he should be Chinese, but they also left out the magic powers that he gets from the ten rings he wears.

Though magic and supernatural abilities fit into the Marvel cinematic universe, they’re probably best left to Thor and the other super powered Avengers. The Iron Man films have always been more about technology and science.

imaThe movie is heavily influenced by the Extremis storyline from the comics. This story introduced Dr Aldrich Killian, who is played by Guy Pearce in the movie.

Killian is one of the scientists responsible for creating the Extremis virus, which hacks into the genetic code of a living organism giving it the ability to heal faster and even regenerate missing body parts.

In the film, Dr Killian is driven by his hatred for Tony Stark, who rejected to fund his research back when Tony was still an alcoholic playboy. After that Killian went on to start his own company Advanced Idea Mechanics, or AIM for short.

Since they did such a good job saving New York City from an alien invasion, you might be wondering why the American government wouldn’t just call in the Avengers to handle the Mandarin. The movie offers a believable reason for this saying that the Mandarin, and other plain old human terrorists, are a job for the military and not for the superheroes who have other things to deal with.

While Stark is a genius when it comes to building mechanical armour he isn’t exactly a prize in the boyfriend department, that is unless you count the fact that he’s rich.

The relationship between Pepper Potts, who is played once again by Gwyneth Paltrow, and Tony Stark has always been a rocky one. Since we last saw the couple, in a thirty second long scene in the Avengers, they have taken a step forward in their relationship by moving in together.

There have been times when it’s hard not to wonder if Pepper is only staying around for the money. She hasn’t really been given many other reasons to stay, but there is a point in the movie when it becomes obvious that they both really care about each other and it finally becomes clear why their relationship works.

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While the film has plenty of action there isn’t much stuff flying directly at your face, so don’t expect to get a lot out of paying extra to see it in 3D. That is unless you like the added depth that it provides, but if you bring kids be prepared to listen to complaints about the lack of in your face 3D.

The action scenes are pretty impressive and are sprinkled throughout the film, with a big battle scene finale to look forward to at the end.

Visually Iron Man 3 looks amazing. It’s bright, which is a big plus, and has great CGI throughout.

With a film like Iron Man, which relies so heavily on CGI, it’s so important to get it right, because a single noticeable flaw could take the audience out of the story. There weren’t any parts during the movie that didn’t have me entirely convinced that someone could actually fly around in an Iron Man costume.

There’s always a sense of fear in the air at the end of a Marvel movie when the audience has to make the decision to either stay and wait or leave and risk missing an additional scene after the credits. Well, after awkwardly waiting for about 10 minutes the patient movie goer will be treated to one final scene.

Regardless of whether or not this scene is actually worth waiting for it will no doubt be the topic of so many future Iron Man conversations, which means you probably should miss it.

What do you think? Are you an Iron Man fan? Did you enjoy Iron Man 2? Who’s your favourite Avenger? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.

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