Iron Man 3 (2013)

Okay so I just watched Iron Man 3 in the cinemas and I thought that it was good, in its own way, as compared to the first two movies before it. This movies does have some flaws though, like the story line could’ve been better and the attempts at humour weren’t that good.

Since this movie is still showing in the cinemas, a word of caution here. There will be some spoilers here since I’m reviewing it but if you still wish to read on, you are much welcomed to do so.

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) starts off the movie with a narration that never would he have imagined that something he did carelessly long ago would come back and bite him in the butt. 1999, Tony Stark brushes off disabled scientist Aldrich Killian to meet him on the top of the roof for an agreement to join his company, A.I.M. and never turns up.

Years later, we see Tony creating the Mark 42 and his relationship with mood-swingy girlfriend Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). Pepper is very irrational at times, I just don’t get her and why she acts all unpredictable sometimes. I feel that her character isn’t well-developed and yep, we have one of the flaws right here. Pepper is a very inconsistent character who sometimes cares and sometimes doesn’t care about her boyfriend. And no one can explain why. I mean, after she gets manhandled by the Mark 42 in bed for a moment, she gets all fed up and announces that she’s going to sleep downstairs. Shouldn’t she be staying by Tony’s side, comforting him from his nightmares and anxiety attacks especially after something like that happens?

Story line hole 1.

Okay so then Pepper gets angry and fed up with Tony because of his obsession with his suits and technology. She throws around a fit and later on even seems as though she plans to move out of Tony’s home.

While all this is going on, Happy Hogan gets seriously injured while investigating a series of bombing attacks. When Tony sees how badly injured Happy is, he boldly gives the press his home address (which is really stupid), issuing a televised threat to the Mandarin, who is supposedly the terrorist behind all the bombings.

It ends up in the helicopter gunships attack on Tony’s house and practically everything is destroyed. Tony is nearly killed too, after being dragged down into the water by a cable wire around his neck but he manages to break free and JARVIS takes him to Tennessee, where Tony was following an investigation there. The world believes that Tony Stark is dead.

Tony gets help from a young boy to further his investigations and he encounters 2 Extremis subjects who attempt to kill him. Tony barely manages to get away and he finds out more about Extremis.

He travels to Miami and infiltrates the headquarters. There, he finds out that the Mandarin is actually an actor who says that he is oblivious to the actions carried out in his name. Tony is then knocked out and tied to a bed frame with cable ties. He finds out that Maya Hansen, whom he met in 1999 is involved in this too. At the same time, Killian forces James Rhodes out of his War Machine suit with extreme heat and uses the suit to get closer to the President before striking.

However, Tony being that smart genius that he is, plays around with his babysitters while waiting for the Mark 42 to come. He manages to fight his way through the backups and he meets up with Rhodes. There, they confront the fake Mandarin and take a speed boat out.

Tony goes on to save the passengers and crew aboard the Air Force One, the plane which was carrying the President and he does it impressively too.

Tony and Rhodes continue their investigation and they trace Killian to an impounded damaged oil tanker where he intends to kill the President on live television. A fierce battle ensues. Iron Man wins the day.

Some unrealistic parts of this show:

1. When Pepper fell and Tony couldn’t catch her, how did she not burn up? I mean, they clearly showed us that she fell into the fire explosion below. And after that, she can come out with perfectly unsinged hair.

2. For most part of the show, we get it that these Extremis enhanced people are extremely difficult to kill. But then why did Pepper kill Killian so easily? Like er how on earth did she do it? Even blowing him up in Mark 42 didn’t work.

3. Tony was asking JARVIS to give him a suit the whole time he was running to save Pepper from falling. Not a single suit came to him. But when he was fighting Killian, 3 suits came consecutively. Er, coincidence or just bad timing?

Overall, I’m quite happy with this show despite all the stark flaws because I’m a huge Marvel fan. But being an unrelenting movie critique, this movie wasn’t exactly the best because of so many holes in story line and inconsistency. So as a Marvel fan, I’d give this show a 7.5/10. But as a movie critique, I’d give this a 6/10.

8/10 for special/visual effects though, they were amazing.

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