The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues with yet another blockbuster, none other than the Shane Black directed Iron Man 3. The movie features the return of Robert Downey Jr. (as Tony Stark), Gwyneth Paltrow (as Pepper Potts), and Don Cheadle (as James Rhodes). Likewise, the movie also stars Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale, and Ben Kingsley in other important roles.
This movie essentially began with a narration. Tony Stark was telling someone about how he created his own demons years earlier. It started at a party in 1999 when he snubbed a scientist named Aldrich Killian. Fast forward to the present, and he finds himself amidst a country in terror. A terrorist known as the Mandarin has been blowing up various locations on U.S. soil. Over time, this led to Tony Start essentially losing everything (after he threatened the Mandarin on live television). In the end, he was forced to use his wits to survive more than his suit.
Overall, I thought this movie was easily the best movie in the Iron Man series and one of the better ones in the marvel cinematic universe. Most notably, I felt the fight scenes were some of the best I’ve seen in an American action movie. This was especially true during the climax but also true for the rest of the movie. Also, Downey’s performance was even better this time than before. This was obvious at the beginning when it was showing how troubled he was after the events of the Avengers.
Really, there was only two things I could say as a criticism. While a lot of fans of the comic book might have problems with the liberties they took with the comic book (especially when it came to the Mandarin), that is irrelevant to me when it comes to what makes a good movie. More importantly, the film seemed to lose focus towards the end of the movie. For example, Stark and Potts solved their problems way more easily than they should have. Also, the kid seemed to be forgotten towards the end. Though to me, these were both minor criticisms—not enough to hurt the movie that much.
As a result, I can honestly say this movie may not be the best comic book movie ever made but it’s definitely worth at least four stars but not quite five. So I, of course, give it four out of five.