Iron Man Three

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Category: Superhero, Action, Sci-Fi

Age Restriction: 10-12PG V

Length: 131min

Well known names: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley               

Rating: 8/10 

The action packed Iron Man Saga continues on the big screen with this first release after the record-breaking collaboration of The Avengers. If you enjoyed the other Iron Man movies, you will definitely have to go and see this one. It is not as refreshing as the first, but much better than the second and makes you want to be around for the release of the fourth.

In Iron Man Three, Tony Spark shows a lot of turmoil and tension after the New York session with The Avengers. His whole world has been turned upside down with the realization that aliens exist and that he almost died. He has trouble sleeping at night and therefore becomes quite neurotic with building and improving his Iron Man suits, which leads to a small army of various types and sizes stocked away in his basement.

In this film his relationship with Pepper has reached a new depth and he feels he cannot rest until he knows that she is safe, which isn’t easy considering he is quite arrogant and big-mouthed which, as always, leads to trouble. Along with him trying to be on the look-out for Pepper, she in her own right stands up for herself and even has two scenes where she proves to be more competent than Tony to do just that.

Along with this protective side of Tony we also see his struggle for identity throughout this film. Where he use to be known for being an ingenious engineer and billionaire  he is now known as Iron Man. It raises the question of where he begins and where the suit ends. Of course his current obsession with building and improving the suit doesn’t really help to bring clarity.

However, all this self searching is what makes this film worth the watch, as Tony’s character keeps on evolving and growing as circumstances change. Gone are the days where your super hero is a constant force and it’s only the villain and challenge that changes. The old way of doing things has proved to be quite boring and instead we have the likes of the Batman trilogy where in every film you learn a new aspect of Bruce and see him develop and overcome personal battles. The same is happening with Iron Man and I assume also with the rest of the Marvel comics.

Another reason to watch Iron Man Three is that the Mandarin finally makes his appearance, after he was intended to join in the first film and then second film, but both times it just didn’t work. So with Iron Man Three possibly being the last stand alone film for a while in this series, they decided to bring in the Mandarin as he is known as Iron Man’s greatest foe in the comics. As with the other film’s they have veered off from the original story line and created their own version of the character and also the battles between him and Iron Man, so be open-minded if you have been quite a fan of the original story line. Something that you definitely won’t see coming is the comic twist with regards to the Mandarin’s character and purpose, but I won’t say any more on that , except that it was well executed and quite a risk from Marvel’s side.

Staying true to himself, Tony is as usual quite funny in his one-liners, not very sensitive to people’s feelings, but also not as self-centred as he use to be and still has his protective streak when it comes to his country, technology and Pepper. This combination makes for a fun and entertaining film that tugs at your heart-strings ever so often. It’s definitely worth the watch.

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