“Nothing’s been the same since New York” these lines are enough to describe present situation of superhero movies. Avengers created a bar so high that almost became impossible to touch in future thus raising standards of Superhero movie universe.
This movie for first time in Marvel franchise open with a narration that fades into Marvel logo giving an idea about Shane Black’s style. It soon cuts into a quick flashback and how Tony’s past is back to haunt him again. The battle of New York have changed him here is a new Tony who is trying to be more humble and still suffering with PTSD.
Iron Man 3 gets Tony out of suit looks for the question asked by Captain America “Big man in suit of armor, take that away what are you?’ And brings him face to face with the demons he created in the past. The man who is going through events of Avengers and now living in a world where he is friends with a Green Goliath and a Thunder God and is in constant fear of protect things he loves the most.
Robert Downey Jr. gave top class performance as usual, but this is the first time I have taken Tony Stark seriously. Robert Downey Jr nails every joke, delivers some killer quotes and one liners, as usual Downey was perfect. Now onto the villains, Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin, let me just say that the whole “twist” thing wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and Mr. Kingsley nailed it. Guy Pearce this awesome dude was my cocaine, a person exactly opposite to Tony Stark. A person who wants to make things and another one just wants to kill and destroy.He was awesome and he creeped me out twice with that ever smiling face. Guy Pearce nails the humor and has fantastic chemistry with both Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr.
Another great performance was that of Don Cheadle, this movie takes his character in depth. He is proves himself as an action hero weather he was in or outside the suit. He was funny and stayed badass at same time, it would be cool if Iron Man franchise gets into War Machine spinoffs soon. The female starcast of the movie, both Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts and Rebecca Hall as Maya we top notch, being strong, sexy and smart women on screen. Last but not the least little not to forget little Ty Simpkins he takes the buddy cop genre to another level. He shared an awesome chemistry with Robert Downey Jr. and won’t be a surprise if after this his Hollywood career gets high.
Shane Black gives an awesome dark yet entertaining Superhero movie and guess WB and DC will be taking notes on how to make a Superhero movie from Mr. Black. His dark humor and moments that give a touch of silver age style funny moments are of top notch. Little references thrown here and there makes to movie worth watching. One this that always bothered me with Phase 1 movies was that there was no actual death but here not only people die but for the first time Iron Man kills someone in the most brutal way possible.
The soundtrack of this movie is very different from phase 1 movies. This is more serious and dark and suits the tone of the movie. Although there was no AC/DC this time but that can be ignored.
Iron Man 3 not only touched the bar created by Avengers but ripped it into pieces making a new mark for Phase 2 movies. The movie ends with even if you take Tony out of suit, you cannot take what he is. He is Iron Man.Robert Downey Jr. was born for this role and if this one is his last movie then it will be heartbreaking . It also provided a perfect epilogue for Avengers and perfect ending for a trilogy. Let’s see if Thor 2 is on the same mark.
Final rating 5 out of 5.