Shall we begin? Shall we begin the summer Blockbuster season? Upped from $140 million, to $200 million to the budget to get the best possible Iron Man movie, post Avengers.
- Robert Downey Jr. – Tony Stark
- Gwyneth Paltrow – Pepper Potts
- Jon Favreau – Happy Hogan
- Ben Kingsley – The Mandarin
- Don Cheadle – James Rhodes
- Guy Pearce – Aldrich Killian
- Rebecca Hall – Maya Hansen
Now, I mention the budget simply to give you a bit of behind the scenes trivia. We are living in a world where vigilantes save the world from “Norse Gods” and aliens, and where a genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist can wear a multi purpose tank (basically) in the form of a full body suit. In one way, he’s a rock star, in many other ways he’s just like you and me who just so happens to be a genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist.
Steve Rogers: “Big man in a suit of armour. Take that off, what are you?”
Tony Stark: “Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist.”
The biggest themes of the movie is love and self encouragement. The first half of the movie deals a lot with the aftermath of Avengers, where Tony had a “too close for comfort” brush with death trying to save New York. Now, he’s kept himself isolated and preparing for a similar situation by building, roughly, 35 different suits for various scenarios. The later half is a bit more intriguing and very Stark-centric.
This is where I complain and applaud. Mandarin. He was teased since the first movie and then we were told Mandarin would show up in number three. We, the fans of comics, were lied too. For all the hype Ben Kingsley brought through the trailers, and even in the film, his role was such a let down. I understand why it was done to not make him typically Asian (come on, for a period of time, he was green) but, after reading the great run of Matt Fraction, how could one not want to see a closer to the source material version of Mandarin. It could have even been a great way to get the ball rolling on a Dr. Strange movie. With this new direction & director, whom I’ve never seen any of his past work, (to my understanding) there’s a lot to be happy about. Stark is still a smart ass who delivers quick verbal jabs left, right and centre. This Stark is very much more grounded (when compared to Iron Man 2). Which does work to a fault almost, but you get over it a little bit. There is one character who I thought was a bit random, and really only there for the family aspect. Personally, I think that the end ruins the movie. The story itself is complete, but it’s so far removed from the two previous films that its almost as if this movie was an out of continuity story.
The things Iron Man does, even with his new (ugly coloured) suit is really impressive. Even the other ones is all greatness. This is a Tony Stark that should exist in the world of today with all the latest technology advancements. In the climatic battle he’s very loose and limber. The biggest flaw of all was the end result to Pepper Potts. P.s. Fans of ‘Rescue”… That wasn’t rescue, haha
Bottom Line: What does the future hold for Stark? That is a question only time can answer. The post credit scene isn’t necessary to see, for once. Lastly, it goes 1st movie as the best, 3rd and Iron Man 2 as the “worst” one Okay.. I think I said what I needed too.
- Overall rating of the movie: 3.1 out of 5,
- Cinematography: 3.9 out of 5,
- Editing: 4 out of 5,
- Audio: 4 out of 5,
- Acting: 4 out of 5,
- Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? see it in Imax, and get the blu ray, it’s decent in 3D as well
THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” . Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”
– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW