Iron Man 3: A Review


Before I talk about the movie, I have a confession to make; I am not a fan of superhero movies. And the only reason I ended up watching Iron Man 3 was because of my brother. He needed the company and I needed to get out of the house. So it worked out for both of us.

But did I like it?

I sure did!

It all started with a flashback; the story of how Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) had created the demons in his life.

Dec. 31, 1999: Tony recalls one new year’s party and Maya Hansen, the inventor of Extremis, an experimental regenerative treatment intended to allow its users to recover from crippling injuries. They are approached by crippled scientist Aldrich Killian, who offers them a place in his company, Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM), but Stark rebuffs him.

That’s it!

No, no, that’s not the end of the story. It’s the end of the flashback.

We then meet Stark of the present.

He is now a humbled and weary figure, having fended off an alien invasion in New York— which as you all might remember takes off from where The Avengers ended. The man known for his partying is shown fighting anxiety attacks and insomnia, having survived what Loki had unleashed on the planet.

Anyways, we then come face to face with the villains. Yes you heard me right “villains”; one is a Laden look alike, Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) and the other is Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce).

For most of the first half, the Mandarin lurks off-stage, allowing Killian to take the spotlight. Later, the Mandarin steps out of the wings, and we see Kingsley bringing the house down.

On the whole, Iron Man 3 is richly visualized; assorting a U.S. President who resembles George W. Bush, a terrorist who looks like a Chinese Osama, and a smart kid who bails out the hero. Tony Stark’s romance with Pepper Potts gets a triangle tangle by way of an ex flame (Rebecca Hall), and the sexed-up Iron Man suit – more gold than red this time – is a gadget that can self-assemble or detach individual parts on command.

Beyond all that jazz, Iron Man 3 is a simple, well-told tale of revenge, just as they used to show in the old-fashioned action flicks. The hero himself is far more human this time. For Robert Downey Jr., there is more of Tony Stark to play out than Iron Man and, like most superhero flicks lately, there is room for an underlying theme of an existential crisis.

Though the movie ends on the note that will have you question the return of Iron Man, I for one believe that Tony Stark will be back, and this time, I am eagerly waiting for the movie. Are you?

Shraddha Jandial

Image Courtesy [The Viewspaper]