When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. Does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
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Weak beginning and forced conflict, but a bombastic ending. Special effects are top notch. Marvel needs to grow up and actually kill a character or add some actual depth to Stark instead of just spinning their wheels. Spectacle only goes so far.
A woman's corpse dangling from telephone wires, victims of domestic terrorism blasted into permanent shadows of ash, and the constant reminder that "Nothing has been the same since New York"... indigestion of post-9/11 iconography at its highest density in the lowest common denominator.
I felt like all the characters from previous Iron Man movies were transported into a Lethal Weapon movie while watching Iron Man 3. The best scenes are in the trailer but the Westworld reference and child-induced panic attack scene were pure gold. Mandarin was disappointing but realistic. It took a couple viewings but I really warmed up to this movie.
Not being a huge fan of the Iron Man franchise (but a huge Avengers fan) my expectations for this weren't anything special. That being said, I rather enjoyed this a lot. A shit load of fun, better than Iron Man I and leagues better than Iron Man 2. Shane Black was a good choice to bring on. The humor was great and the climax was wonderfully over the top. A good start off for Marvel Phase II.
Darker, edgier without sacrificing fun and humor, IRON MAN 3 takes the time to deal with the fallout from the events of THE AVENGERS, taking place in a more chaotic and uncertain world (even if Stark's personal dilemma is left mostly underdeveloped). Different in tone than its predecessors, it's a smarter, more thrilling spectacle with real stakes and danger.
So bad it hurts: even in mainstream american adolescent-oriented cinema I wonder how can a movie be so badly written and reflect such a lack of ambition? I won't even discuss the form of the movie (I wasn't expecting Welles, as obvious) because the main problem begins and ends with the script: the fucking movie doesn't make any fucking sense!
Funny parts work (like Westworld and Meryl Streep jokes) but rest of the movie -as a matter of fact, the whole boring Iron Man concept- is not. Batman is a noir character, Gotham is always a set of the film noir (besides the villains, think about GCPD and mobsters). Iron man and Marvel haven't got it. Even Robert Downey Jr can't save the future of the Iron Man franchise. It's dead at the end of the first movie.