Iron Man 3 details
|Starring:||Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rebecca Hall, Ben Kingsley, Paul Bettany, Jon Favreau, Don Cheadle|
|Genre:||Action/Adventure - Superheroes|
Iron Man 3
|Rental release:||Not currently released|
By Kaleem Aftab from LOVEFiLM
The jokes come thick and fast in Iron Man's latest outing, with a new director on board.
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Iron AweBy Andoverian (48 reviews) from Andover , 25 Apr 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]Well well well, Marvel Studios have done it again.
Not as good as the first, but better than the second, this third instalment of Tony Stark and his Iron Man ego (the word 'alter' deliberately removed) explodes onto the big screen after the mammoth blockbuster The Avengers (or Avengers Assemble in the UK).\
Although I rather enjoyed Iron Man 2, the next chapter would have to be really really good to compete with The Avengers and kick-start Marvel Studios so called 'Phase 2'.
In short, they have succeeded. Director Shane Black has been involved in some kickass movies in his time, from the Lethal Weapon series to the Last Boy Scout and The Long Kiss Goodnight, all of which involved some form of 'buddy team-up movie' and troubled minds. Here is no different.
Following on from the events in The Avengers, we now see Tony Stark somewhat troubled by what happened in New York. Fighting aliens, heading into space and almost dying after saving the world can cause anxiety attacks and sleepless nights, it seems.
How does he deal with it? He locks himself in his workshop and tinkers, ignoring those close to him.
However, after terrorist The Mandarin almost kills one of those close to Tony, the gloves come off and he's back in the game.
I'll not spoil much more of the plot here, but it's interesting that for much of the movie, Tony deals with his enemies without his armour. This is Tony versus the bad guys, not Iron Man versus them, which is refreshing in a way as we've seen Iron Man do his thing for 3 movies already.
With the help of some buddy team-ups in good Shane Black fashion, Tony pits his wits against the bad guys until such time as he dons his armour, and the gloves really come ON (you'll see what I mean).
Long term fans of the comics should enjoy the references from them; Aldrich Killian, Maya Hansen, what happens to Pepper, Extremis and A.I.M., but may be dismayed at some others. The Mandarin for instance, is brilliantly portrayed by Sir Ben Kingsley, but he's nothing like the Mandarin from the comics. The Iron Patriot as well has a different role than what comic fans will have been used to.
I myself loved what they did with Mandarin and Iron Patriot, and there's a neat twist that I didn't see coming with regards to the bad guys, again showing Kingsley's class.
The action, when it gets going, is incredible. The 'barrel of monkeys' scene is probably one of the best pulsating action scenes I've ever watched. The final 30 minutes is also breathtaking, when Tony unleashes his full armoury. Geeks everywhere will be waiting for the blu-ray release and getting it on slow-motion to catch the 'blink-and-you'll-miss-them' moments.
We will definitely see Tony Stark again. Avengers 2 is already in pre-production after all. Whether we'll get an Iron Man 4 remains to be seen - it'll be difficult to see what direction they'll take Stark/Iron Man after this excellent chapter in the Iron Man saga.
If it's a final chapter, then they've finished on a high. If there's another instalment, then as long as it's anything like this one, bring it on.
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Shrink-ing HulkBy blackpolekev (226 reviews) from blackpole , 17 May 2013In Iron Man Three (aka Iron Man 3 on the film poster) Tony Stark is on a psychiatrist's couch; it seems his adventure with Thor, Hulk and co, saving the world from aliens, has left him with panic attacks. And who is the ersatz shrink? Why none other than Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo reprising his role from the Avengers) - but does he turn into the Hulk? I'm not saying, you'll have to see for yourself. And you may as well save yourself the extra money for a 3D ticket and watch it in 2D instead. It was filmed in 2D and turned into 3D by computer trickery during post-production. They needn't have bothered. The 3D is almost non existent and for the vast majority of the film I actually forgot it was in 3D (or at least it claimed to be).
This time there is a more down to earth villain: a genetically enhanced foe calling himself Mandarin, who completely destroys Stark's home, captures Pepper Potts and plans to kill the President. One of the best scenes in the film is when Air Force 1 is attacked mid flight and about 10 of the President's staff are free-falling to the ground and Iron Man has to save them. Stan Lee makes his usual fleeting appearance, and Jon Favreau is back, looking fatter with each successive film role.
For half of the movie the Iron Man suit is low on power and Stark is armed only with his wits to try to save Pepper. Realizing he has been neglecting her by spending too much time developing his suits he decides to destroy them all. So, with no home, no Iron Man suit, and no equipment left with which to build anything, what next for Tony Stark? Is this really the end? The answer lies in the credits.
Format: Cinema - Odeon digital 8000 HD 3D
Iron resolve in Iron Man 3By PhatFester (21 reviews) , 11 May 2013Well is it the end of Mr Downey Jr playing Iron Man, although as the end says, Tony Stark will return? If it is then it end a series on a high, plenty of sci-fi, lots of Iron Man, all in all a very enjoyable film. Get Ben Kingsley part, you should watch this. If you have chance to see it in the cinema sit patient under the end of the, past the rolling credits for a bonus clip.
Lethal Weapon 5By manonfireuk (317 reviews) from Liverpool , 07 May 2013This is very different from the first 2 Iron Man movies, Shane Black has a very obvious style and it shows in this one. The director is known for his 80's style Christmas - set action movies and he has transferred this to one of Marvel's biggest franchises and I still can't decide if I liked it. Even to the final end credits scene, whereas the other movies lead into the next Marvel movie, this extra scene is played for laughs and is very familiar if you know the director's other movies. The storyline itself was good and surprised me a lot. I was expecting a very dark storyline from the trailers and thought Ben Kingsley looked great as the bad guy but all is not as it seems and although the big reveal made me laugh, I felt a bit let down, I was expecting Iron Man's dark knight but got a lethal weapon/terminator/iron man hybrid. These are minor squibbles though, it's still a very enjoyable movie and I'd probably have got more out of it if I'd been more familiar with the Iron Man - Manadarin - Extemis storyline. It's certainly worth a second viewing and I'll probably try and track down the Extemis graphic novel at some point.
My new favourite of the solo Marvel moviesBy Rhedd (2 reviews) , 02 May 2013An excellent return to form for Iron Man after the so-so 2nd outing. It strikes an almost perfect balance between action, humor and drama - all elements required of a good comic book movie, but often neglected in one form or another. The writing is sharp, with Tony getting some fantastic lines, including some very funny moments with a young boy in the type of character that is often too cloying to tolerate, but never outstays its welcome here. The story works well, with every character getting something important to do, unlike previous movies where Pepper, Happy and Rhodey would get sidelined in favour of the Tony show. Even if you've read the Extremis comics, which this is based on, or watched all the trailers (which many felt were too revealing), there's still more than a few surprises here. The ending felt a little too neatly wrapped up, considering all that went down, and the 'clean slate' move a bit unnecessary, but its easy to forgive and maybe these elements will be explored further in the next movie. All in all, this is a fantastic comic book movie, from which many others should learn.
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One and Two were better!!!!By Maynard (136 reviews) from Gillingham, , 30 Apr 2013Rather than writing a review on just the trailer, I've waited for the film itself. I've come away from the cinema just a little unsure of what I've just watched, I think I enjoyed it but not a huge amount as in the first two. There seems to be something lacking that the first two films didn't suffer from, perhaps it's the new director but I just feel a bit let down. Sorry folks, I know I will be in the minority but I just hope that if there is a number four it returns to the original formula.
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