Thursday, June 27, 2013

Iron Man 3 (2013)

Director: Shane Black

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Jon favreau, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Stephanie Szostak, Paul Bettany, Williams Sadler, Miguel Ferrer

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  Fuck Superman!  (just kidding)
Plot: Marvel's "Iron Man 3" pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy 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 mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive 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?

My rating: 8.5/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

OK, so now I've seen it twice and it's even better the second time.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It's fun, witty and loaded with laughs and action.  I L-O-V-E the Mandarin surprise.  Guy Pearce is a rock star and was a great asset as the villain.  The end credits as an 80s TV show opening credit sequence is lots of fun.  I relationship with the kid worked for me better the second time around to the point of really liking it.  Writer/director Shane Black didn't trivialize it nearly as much as most other directors would. Great score by Brian Tyler and the stinger at the end was fun.  It's the best comic book movie so far this year.  Suck it, Superman!


  1. I've only seen this once (in the cinema) and really need to watch it again to be able to form a better opinion. My personal problem is that I'm a big fan of 60's Marvel comics, in particular those written by Stan Lee and Roy Thomas. So when I see a Marvel film I compare it with the comics, and I start criticising everything that deviates from the original stories. I can grudgingly accept that the stories are set in the 21st Century, not in the 1960's, but when I see what they did with the Mandarin in this film I scream foul! That went too far.

    1. Having never read the comics I had no reference point except for the other two films. It's one comic that I'd like to read from the beginning.