Expectations from Marvel were high after last year’s excellent Avengers, and the disappointment that was Iron Man 2. While it seems to be the last of a trilogy, the good news is that it ends with a bang. Iron Man 3 is full of thrills, verve and humor- a big budget summer blockbuster firing on all cylinders. The best addition is the inclusion of Xueqi Wang of Bodyguards and Assassins and Warriors of Heaven and Earth fame. As for the Mandarin…Firstly, Sir Ben Kingsley puts in a masterful performance, a truly terrific piece of acting. However, that’s where the Mandarin’s accolades end. I can understand that Marvel would have to adapt their screen version of the character for film. I can even swallow (and did) that the ten rings were symbolic (and not actual mystical rings) and that there was a necessity to tie him back to IM1’s villains. I can even accept that he’s not oriental! What I cannot accept is that his ENTIRE existence in the movie is that of a farce, that there is no full circle in Tony’s enemies (by way of the Ten rings mentioned in the first film) and neither can I accept that really has no place in the movie!
Whoa, now now…the plot! Yes, Iron Man 3 is very different to the previous films. He sets out on finding and eliminating Mandarin, and Afghan terrorist who is spreading terror in the USA and who interferes in Iron Man’s life. Tony is also faced with a psychic who is trying to use gene control over significant people to achieve his wicked purposes, and soon surprises are on the way for Tony, all of which he has to handle. The overall feel of the film has also changed from the previous titles. This is down to a change in the director this time round, with Jon Favreau sitting this one out to concentrate on playing his character. Shane Black does a decent job and brings much more humour and bigger action to the series.
So, with my complaints aside, Tony’s resourcefulness I will agree on though – he had various tricks up his sleeve and that’s what did it for me, it was one of the few things that kept me interested and one of the only parts of the film that felt like a true Iron Man movie. The 3D effects were astonishing. CGI was stunning and couple of scenes are enthralling and is sure to excite you with adrenalin- pumping action scenes. Robert Downey Jr is excellent. The way he suits up in Iron Man clad ,the same way he gets into character of Iron man as if it has been tailor-made for him. He is expressive and will leave you spellbinding with stupendous performance.
The main attraction, however, is still the spectacle. Here, the movie makers are clever in not overdoing it. The movie is basically bookended between two most spectacular set pieces that you can find anywhere. No description is necessary. Just go and enjoy. Oh and obviously by good “word of mouth” from the success of The Avengers. to No doubt Iron Man 3 will be a big hit by riding on the success of The Avengers. And at very least, it paints a successful trilogy whose first film gave birth to Marvel’s cinematic universe.