Iron Man 3 is poised to be one of the biggest movies of this year, if not the biggest. They decided to use a different director this time, Shane Black of Lethal Weapon fame. Robert Downey Jr. picked him because he helped restart Downey’s career by casting him in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. This movie does a pretty good job as a follow up to The Avengers, but it just doesn’t go as deep into Tony’s character as I would like.
The movie starts off with Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) retelling some events that happened in 1999, pretty much he was a jerk to Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) by blowing off a business proposal, and then he uses scientist Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall) as a one night stand, and says that he created his own demons. It then fast forwards to current day and a terrorist called The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) is blowing up places all over the world and the US saying that he is trying to teaching the US a lesson. When Happy (Jon Favreau) gets hurt then Tony Stark takes in on himself to end The Mandarin threat.
This movie promised that it was going to get deeper into Tony’s mind and explore his self destructive ways, and they kind of do by having him not be able to get over his PSD from after The Avengers events, but because they are trying to make an action movie, and a kid friendly one at that, they don’t get in to his alcoholism or his drug use. They just gloss over everything, and it makes it more of a distraction instead of a plus. We do get to see that his has made much deeper bonds with Pepper Potts ( Gwyneth Paltrow) and Happy, so that is good.
As far as the action and special effects go, they are all top notch. Showing that the people over at Marvel still know how to make an action movie. Downey is Tony Stark, so I am not sure what they are going to do when he decides he is too old to wear the suit, because without his wry wit, and perfectly jerky attitude I am not sure we would like Tony so much.
Despite my problems with story I still liked this movie. The action is good, and Downey is just fun to watch at this point. It is just a shame that Disney decided that they didn’t want to make the movie that Marvel promised.