Another Orange Wednesday Review – Iron Man 3 ****

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To be honest, I missed the boat on Iron Man 2. I won’t lie about that. It’s actually my little sister who loves the Iron Man franchise, and my best friend, M. I just go along for the ride. Don’t get me wrong, I like Robert Downey Jnr. I like the way he can play a character as though he’s the best thing in the world. I liked him a whole lot in Chaplin, and I listened to his album, ‘The Futurist’. So I was pretty excited to see what this movie could come up with in terms of wrapping up the trilogy.


‘Man of Steel’ – LIKE IT. ‘Into Darkness’ – GOTTA HAVE IT’ (I think my head explodes a bit every time I see a ‘Star Trek, Into Darkness Poster’. Look – proof. Proof of my head exploding!) image

It was very surprising that there was a ‘realistic’ nature in this plot. By realistic, I don’t mean ‘This Is England’, Shane Meadows but more like the character of Tony Stark actually showing some real weakness and being shaken by his experiences of ‘The Avengers’ movie. That was great. It was downplayed beautifully too. I also loved the moments in which female characters came through and kicked some major butt.

Guy Pearce’s performance was dramatic and unnerving throughout, playing an antagonist who was both original and gripping. Robert Downey Jnr. was, as always, perfect in the role of Stark, throwing away one-liners as if they were dollar bills. His best co-star though, was Ty Simpkins, the eleven year-old actor with which he had a great repartee. It was also great to see Gwyneth Paltrow doing what she does best and Jon Favreau in his title role of Happy.

There were an innumerable cast of CG animators on this production, the unsung heroes of this film, which was in fact much more of an animated film than a live-action one. The impressive array of suits and the tricks they get up to will be sure to take the breath of even the most die-hard of movie critics. At very worst, ‘Iron Man 3’ is a wicked ride. Overall: On a scale of smash to super smash, it’s a super-smash. But what do Marvel/Disney care what I think? They’re going to make a gazillion dollars with this instalment.

P.S. Don’t forget to watch the film to the very end of the credits. It’s very, very important that you do that. *winks*