It’s been a year since the Avengers released in theaters, and two years since we saw Tony Stark taking down bad guys solo in Iron Man 2. To say that this film was “highly anticipated” is an understatement; which is why I chose to postpone seeing it. It did not disappoint, but it did cause me to scratch my head a few times. So let’s delve in (Warning: SPOILER ALERTS included).
What I liked:
Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as the hero of this franchise and is as impressive and hilarious as ever. RDJ reminds me of Johnny Depp in his role as Captain Jack Sparrow – no one else can play that role, and the same is true for Iron Man. RDJ is Iron Man.
The movie is filled with pithy and perfectly delivered one-liners (“I loved you in ‘A Christmas Story’.”), which balances out nicely with the film’s dark premise.
Ben Kingsley was brilliant in his role as the villain, The Mandarin. Kingsley is terrifying as he delivers threats to a distraught nation through multiple media messages and executes people without hesitation. But then, [SPOILER ALERT] in a brilliant unexpected plot twist he is revealed to be merely an actor used to mask the real evil at work. Kingsley’s turn from the terrifying Mandarin to a drunk I-don’t-know-what-the-hell-is-going-on out-of-work actor is hilarious and the scenes highlighting this truth alone make the film worth seeing.
What I didn’t like:
The movie inexplicably takes place around Christmas time. I found this odd. Why set the movie around the holiday season when it’s going to release as a summer blockbuster?
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but [SPOILER ALERT] there wasn’t enough Iron Man in this film. I’m not talking about Tony Stark, I’m talking about THE IRON MAN. He’s absent for most of the 135 minute film. I felt like I saw more of the Iron Patriot – a Iron Man look a like operated by Col. Rhoades (Don Cheatle) – who is disappointingly never really explained either.
Favorite Character: Iron Man. BUT, the Mandarin and Harley Keener get an honorable mention. Well done boys!
Favorite Line: “I’m gonna offer you the choice: do you want an empty life, or a meaningful death?” – The Mandarin.
Bottom line: The cast, special effects, script, and soundtrack were all to my liking. I’m already annoyed with every successful franchise creating trilogies, but this one was worth it, and let’s face it, if they make an Iron Man 4 – I’ll be there, wearing two pairs of glasses (affirmative, plunk down the extra $8 and put on your 3D glasses for this one).