Iron Man 3 Review
By The Marvel Movie Maniac
May 3, 2013 - 02:13
Studios: Marvel Studios, Paramount Pictures
Writer(s): Drew Pearce, Shane Black
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Gweneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Rebecca Hall, John Favreau, James Badge Dale
Directed by: Shane Black
Produced by: Vicoria Alonso
Running Time: 130 minutes
Release Date: May 3rd, 2013
Rating: PG13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Distributors: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Taking its cues from some of the best Marvel Comics superhero books written over the past five decades, Iron Man 3 is a fun (albeit a slightly darker-but not Dark Knight level dark) action flick infused with smart commentary on where the demons, on both personal and global levels, that plague our civilization come from in this age of constant "war on terror" and an often unregulated and villainously rabid for profit military industrial complex. Exploring the complexities of the individuals, industries, and companies at the heart of potentially life saving technologies that become more profitable when weaponized, the plot of Iron Man 3 might at first appear to be telling the same old stale, and slightly sermonizing, story. Enter Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley as two of the most interesting and well flushed out villains this side of Tom Hiddleston's Loki. Things aren't exactly what they seem though, and the demons at our gates might just be ones that we passed upon inviting into the fold to our horrific detriment.
Director Shane Black (directing only his second film) makes the jump from much heralded action flick screenwriter to much heralded action flick director. His unique editing and action sequences breath new life into the now bordering upon repetitive repulsor powered armor histronics that we've seen on display in three films already. This fourth appearance of Iron Man on screen almost feels like we're seeing the Red and Gold Avenger in action for the first time at points.
Putting aside the obligatory and way too drawn out final cliimactic battle scene, which has its moments though, Iron Man 3 is the kind of smart superhero movie making that we've come to expect from Marvel Studios that stays true to the progressive heart of the original stories that Stan Lee and Jack Kirby developed all those decades ago. If these films stay this good, then I say keep them coming. This Mighty Marvel Movie Maniac will keep lining up for them.
Iron Man 3's opening was the highest ever next to Marvel's Avengers. Downey Jr and company's film raked in $175.3 million. Marvel's Avengers grossed $207.4 million.
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