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IRON MAN 3 (2013)

DECEMBER 8, 2013

listen up, Haters: IRON MAN 3 is fantastic and not only the best of the trilogy, but one of the best superhero films ever made.
 
To quote Dennis Miller:
Now, I don’t want to go on a rant here… But I’m getting extremely tired of listening to so called “movie-lovers” bitch about movie after movie when it’s clear to me that they’re not really watching them. They are instead, sitting on the edge of their seat waiting for any misstep the movie makes. This gives them an excuse to dismiss the movie and complain about it to their friends to show how smart they are. They seem to have no interest in trying to actually like the movie.
 
I have now resorted to asking them very pointedly:
“Why do you go to movies?”See, I go to movies to enjoy myself. I go for escapism. I think that you get a sense from my MOVIE A DAY reviews that I generally like more movies than not. It’s very simply because I feel if the filmmakers are giving it the old college try than I can cut them some slack. Yes, we all want movies to be masterpieces, so do I. But it rarely happens, especially in these extremely profit-motivated days of cinema. All movies can’t be CITIZEN KANE, but that doesn’t mean it’s all or nothing.
 
Having worked in the film & TV industry for over 24 years, I understand how difficult it is for even the most respected filmmakers to get their pure vision on screen. The Auteur Theory is a myth. Film is collaboration and, my friends, it’s also a business. Try to remember that when you watch a movie. Don’t be so hard on them constantly and assume that every decision good or bad was made by the Director. As long as the movie wasn’t made with cynicism or worse, utter contempt for the audience, then give them a break and try to enjoy it. If you can do better, than get out of your chair right now and prove it. Otherwise stop bitching about the smallest minutia and how one mistake destroyed your entire movie-going experience.
 

Of course that’s just my opinion, I could be wrong.

 
Now back to the review… The exceptional IRON MAN 3 finds Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) still affected by the events of THE AVENGERS where he almost died saving New York and presumably the world from an alien invasion. He can’t sleep and his constant tinkering is starting to affect his relationship with Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow).
 
To make matters worse, a terrorist calling himself The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) has targeted the United States and even though the newly re-branded Iron Patriot aka Colonel James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) is on the job, some help from Iron Man himself could be useful.
 
Already feeling anxious, Stark is also haunted by some other ghosts from his past. Most notably Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) an equally brilliant tinkerer who has created Extremis, an enhancement of the human body with explosive side effects.
 
Everything comes to a head when Stark realizes too late that all these disparate elements are intertwined and threaten him both physically and emotionally.
 
The plot is quite complex, but easily tracked if you are paying attention. Darker than the other entries in the series, it deals with some adult themes especially about identity and responsibility to others. But Director and Co-writer Shane Black deftly handles the material and delivers an impressive film on both a human and spectacle level.
 
Now the reason for my above rant; the two biggest complaints leveled on this film drive me crazy.
 
Number 1: Robert Downey Jr. spends more time as Tony Stark than as Iron Man. Thematically speaking IRON MAN 3 is saying that Tony Stark IS Iron Man with or without the armor. That’s the point of the movie. He is coming to terms with his true identity and Stark is just as, if not even more engaging when he fights without the suit. There is a real sense of danger that he might not survive.
 
Number 2: If Stark built all these Iron Man suits (42 to be exact), why doesn’t he use them earlier in the film? I have seen IRON MAN 3 three times now. It is VERY clear that when his mansion was reduced to rubble that they were buried under tons of rock. The very second the last rock is removed; they come out and join the battle. Why many people don’t seem to realize this is beyond me. It’s made abundantly clear.
 
Thanks for letting me blather on longer than normal. I just had to get this off my chest. IRON MAN 3 is a great film and certainly one of the best of Marvel’s current line up. Just watch it to enjoy it. Yes, it’s not CITIZEN KANE, but it doesn’t need to be to entertain and excite. It’s 2 hours of (almost) perfect escapist cinema.