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Didn't I see this last year, guy in a suit, fights a terrorist, third movie in a series.....

  • May 4, 2013
I can't be the only one who got a Dark Knight Rises feel from this can I?

Third time out for Iron Man in his solo series and the biggest thing that this movie has going for it over what is arguabbly his DC counterpart is that this movie doesn't have the issues ice skating uphill to outdo it's predecessor.  The Dark Knight was so great that there was no way The Dark Knight Rises was going to beat it, we could only hope for a great time and have fun.  Iron Man 2 while very good and fun wasn't the blow away that we were hoping for and the third movie could easily pick up the ball and have a great movie with expectations held high, and high they are.

My comparisons to The Dark Knight Rises won't stop there.  Our hero spends much of the time out of his famous costume to take on a terrorist group and left to his own devices coping with illness (mental rather then physical) to save the day and his friends when seemingly all is taken from him.  Whereas The Dark Knight Rises was bleak and understandably so-Iron Man 3 however soars and remains optimistic which is the series biggest asset as it doesn't take time to mire in melodrama like the Spiderman series and X Men series used to.  When the chips are down, yeah take time to reflect around you but get back in the game and save the day.

This adventure has Tony coping with anxiety attacks and is overworking himself to keep his mind off of the events from The Avengers with battling aliens and meeting Gods.  He's cooped himself up in the basement building new Iron Man suits and fine tuning his newest one to respond to his brain patterns.  When an old aquaintence knocks on his door, Tony's friends and himself are targets of The Mandarin, a super terrorist who is knocking over one spot of the US after another.  Tony is in trouble and believed dead but it's time to dig down and get back to business if he's going to get revenge, get back the girl and save the day.

Robert Downey Jr returns as Tony Stark and still perfect in the role, he even manages to act like a bigger jerk then before-and yes thats for better and in keeping with the character.  Don Cheadle and Gweneth Paltrow return for they're roles too and while Cheadle sadly got lost in the mix, Paltrow's screen time is larger and thankfully is far more tolerable then she was in IM2.  Jon Favereau returns too as Happy Hogan.  Nice to see that the former director still got to keep his on screen job when Shane Black took over the directors chair job.  By the way, there is a seamless transition in the change in director and arguabbly it's for the better as the action scenes come with more punch and more zing.

Iron Man 3 ends on a great note and while it's left nebulous as to whether he will RDJ will be back, this arc (no pun) of his story is over.  Much like in the comics, something brings Tony back.  Will a new series hit on alcoholism of Tony's character?  Use villians like Detroit Steel or even do the Armor Wars story line?  I don't know but like I said with The Dark Knight Rises, and this truly is the last comparison this review:

Didn't I see this last year, guy in a suit, fights a terrorist, third movie in a series..... Didn't I see this last year, guy in a suit, fights a terrorist, third movie in a series..... Didn't I see this last year, guy in a suit, fights a terrorist, third movie in a series..... Didn't I see this last year, guy in a suit, fights a terrorist, third movie in a series..... Didn't I see this last year, guy in a suit, fights a terrorist, third movie in a series.....

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May 06, 2013
You know, I was bored silly with IRON MAN 1 & 2, but this one entertained me like a good popcorn movie should. I liked the developments with Tony Stark as a person this go 'round, and I think that's largely why I'd give it a thumbs up. It felt a bit long in a few parts, but, over-all, it was fun. I think it was more traditional old-school comic-book-ish, which helped me a lot.
May 05, 2013
yeah I noticed those as well. I actually did not like that it moved almost like a cartoon. But I guess the studios needed to cater to teens and kids.
May 05, 2013
I personally didn't get that feeling at all. I thought it was just fine myself. Even the scenes with Tony and the kid together feel like they could have been from a book, when a hero is down and out he needs that simple perspective to gain strength.
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