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Saturday, May 4th 2013 / Blog

Iron Man 3 - Movie Review

It's been a while since I posted a movie review and I recently took my Daughter Willow to see Iron Man 3 so figured I'd write up my thoughts on the film.

Please note there will be spoilers in this review but I'll try not and spoil anything major for those who want to read the review before seeing the movie.

So, first of all, I loved the whole movie. It had the right mix of action, drama, and comedy we've come to expect from the Iron Man and Marvel movies over the past few years.

I have to say that the plot twist with Sir Ben Kingsley was totally unexpected and made for some of the funniest parts of the movie. While it ultimately makes almost no difference to the movie it was pretty cool to see such an established actor playing that part and made it even funnier, even more so I think that I'm British.

Much of the fancy effects and new stuff we see in the movie revolves around the use of Tony's new suit which he can control using gestures (with machine parts implanted in his body). This makes for some of the coolest parts of the movie like how he gestures towards Pepper and seeing the suit assemble itself around her moments before an explosion. Due to the modular nature of the new suit it also leads to some of the most interesting combat sections of the movie where Tony is only partially covered in armour. This gives him the strength and weaponry but also makes him vulnerable to attack, something we'd not really seen in previous movies where he was pretty much invincible inside his suit.

The premise of how the bad guys had somehow been evolved to be able to control fire seemed a bit unrealistic (compared to the previous two instalments) but overall it worked due to pretty decent acting and some amazing effects work which made it all feel pretty realistic.

The one thing I was a little disappointed with was the army of Iron Man suits that came to Tony's rescue towards the end of the movie. I (and many others) had assumed that these suits were some sort of new league that Tony had been putting together, perhaps with his friends being in control of the suits. When it was revealed that they were all AI controlled (by JARVIS), I wasn't quite as impressed, they were robots not people in awesome suits which made their action sequences less personal.

There were a few very stupid moments in the movie however which I thought were particularly bad. Firstly was the part where Iron Patriot was stolen, so Tony and James phone the vice president. Surely James had some protocol to follow if he was ever in that situation and Secret Service would have been notified immediately. The second was when Pepper fell in to the fire near the end, did ANYONE watching the movie really think she was dead? It was obvious she was going to survive it, but then how the hell did she turn in to a super strong, super fast killing machine at the end?

Overall, it was great. Plenty of action, plenty of Tony Stark, and quite a few funny moments. It's a super hero movie that doesn't take itself too seriously and I would imagine that's why it seems to appeal to such a large audience whereas some of the more serious super hero movies don't.

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