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2013
06
May

Iron Man 3 Movie Review

Iron Man 3 Movie Review

Iron Man 3 mostly succeeds at giving the viewers what they want from an Iron Man movie. The film has stunning special effects, gripping action scenes, and the iconic characters that have become even more famous since the first films in the trilogy. In Iron Man 3, Robert Downey Junior continues to give Tony Stark an almost unprecedented level of depth. He is a deeply compelling character to spend time with, and certainly one that is capable of sustaining our attention as viewers for a full three films.

Tony Stark has always managed to stand apart from many other superhero characters, given his clear character flaws and palpable character development. While many other superhero characters are almost purely escapist characters with minimal depth, Tony Stark manages to function on both of those levels for the audience. The character’s broad appeal is probably down to the way he manages to strike a chord with so many people, while still being enormously entertaining. Robert Downey Junior’s performance as Iron Man has made him a household name to a whole new generation of moviegoers who may or may not have seen his earlier films, and Robert Downey Junior continues to shine in Iron Man 3.

Don Cheadle and Gwyneth Paltrow certainly acquitted themselves well. Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts generally still manages to avoid becoming the sort of love interest with no role in the plot, which can happen all too often. Don Cheadle’s James Rhodes interacts well with Tony Stark in Iron Man 3, even though they didn’t interact quite as much in this movie as they did in the last one. Ben Kingsley was certainly memorable in Iron Man 3, particularly given what a huge departure the role was for him, in terms of the types of characters he normally plays. Iron Man 3 didn’t suffer any problems in terms of acting, which is always commendable.

All sequels are inevitably compared against the original films, for better or for worse. The original film is almost always going to be everyone’s favorite, and the Iron Man trilogy is no exception to the rule. The first Iron Man film was a tight, well-plotted creation with a good, clean structure. With each film in the series, more elements have been introduced and it has had an effect on the underlying storytelling. The plot of Iron Man 3 is still entertaining, but some of the execution becomes a bit incoherent, especially as you get towards the end of the film.

The third film in many superhero trilogies tends to have a lot of narrative elements crammed in to it, which has been the case for many superhero trilogies in recent years. Being able to follow the final battle scene, with its multiple Iron Man suits and very unexpected plot twists, was challenging and distracting at times. Sequels do tend to make everything larger-than-life and busier, in contrast to their predecessors, even if it clashes with the tone of the first film. Many people like frenetic action scenes, and Iron Man 3 still does manage to deliver. Iron Man 3 is still certainly worth seeing, particularly for the performances of Robert Downey Junior and the other actors. It’s a fun, entertaining summer film that people will certainly enjoy, despite its flaws.

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