Writing and Reviews – Denise Pasutti
The third installment of the Iron Man story features Tony Stark battling the demons of his past.
Iron Men & Fiery Foes: Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark), Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), Guy Pearce (Aldrich Killian), Ben Kingsley (The Mandarin), James Badge Dale (Savin), Ty Simpkins (Harley Keener), Paul Bettany (Jarvis)
My Take: I thought the first Iron Man was ok, I didn’t really like Iron Man 2 but Iron Man 3 was really good. Tony Stark has settled down but struggling with anxiety issues following his life and death experience and facing Gods and aliens in New York. Add into this an international terrorist, The Mandarin, and poor Tony is not having a good Christmas. There are plenty of one liners and the Tony Stark swagger but regardless of what we have come to expect, the man has changed and he is struggling. And that is one of the things that I like about this movie – Iron Man is still human and can’t just brush off the events of The Avengers. The big bad of the movie is a terrorist targeting America but really you now how these things actually are. I’m not going to get into the details of the story too much for the one or two people who haven’t seen this but the villain is not all that interesting. I liked the story and the acting and visuals are, of course, are top-notch. I’m glad there wasn’t much on Don Cheadle’s character, War Machine or rather the Iron Patriot since that kind of suck in Iron Man 2. I like Don Cheadle and all but his presence felt unnecessary. I did enjoy the character of Harley, the boy that Tony befriends along his journey.
Final Thoughts: I’m not fan of Iron Man but I really liked this flick. I like the human side of the superhero and resolution or decisions that he makes. The evil bad guy was ok but I wasn’t overly interested in him or his agenda. I will say that Ben Kingsley was good and his role was not what I expected.