Iron-Man-3-IMAX-posterMarvel / Disney
2013
PG-13

“Is that all you’ve got? A cheap trick and a cheesy one-liner?”
“Sweetheart, that could be the name of my autobiography.”

Marvel’s Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enmy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his metle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to surviv by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Iron Man 3 is cited as one of the worst of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. When compared to the other movies…well, I may not be smart enough to see it. I would have to watch them all again just to get a good grasp of the assessment. Which, really, sounds like a pleasant thing to do, come to think of it. Anyway, I don’t see why so many people don’t like Iron Man 3. When compared to other general action movies, Iron Man 3 is pretty good, really. Then again, I enjoyed the second Iron Man 2 when everyone else seemed to think it was a warmed-over rehash of the first one, so what do I know?

Taking place after the events of the first Avengers movie, we find Tony Stark suffering from something like PTSD, what with dying briefly due to being shot into a howling void in space and all. You don’t come back from something like that unscathed, I would think. He’s been building all kinds of Iron Man suits as part of his personal therapy in leu of sleeping, which is starting to take a toll on his family and friends, not to mention his professional life. Then, a blast from Tony’s past shows up, along with an international terrorist known only as The Mandarin, and next thing you know, his life is literally blown up, and he has to deal with things without his suits and only his wits and enginering genius to fight back. Also, Pepper Potts gets to kick a lot of butt in this one.

Again, I really don’t see the reason for the derision. Iron Man 3 was what all the other MCU movies are: a fun, engaging and well made comic book-based action movie. Of course, it was Ben Kingsley as “The Mandarin” that stole the show in the very few minutes he was onscreen, but the script was again a good one, I thought. Overall, I enjoyed Iron Man 3 on the same level as the other Iron Man movies, and that’s pretty good.

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