‘Iron Man 3’, which in many ways is sequel to both ‘Iron Man 2’ and ‘Marvel’s Avengers’ is a fun, and perfectly good movie.
There are moments with mind-blowing action, witty and laugh-out-loud humor, and even a few heart-felt moments. Not enough to get me to cry, mind you, but just enough to let the audience know that the movie cares about things other than CGI—which, by the way, was amazing.
However—yes, there is a huge ‘however’. The film is simply a retread of things we have seen in three previous movies (including ‘The Avengers’). The ‘Iron Man’ genre has gotten a bit dull and the Robert Downey Jr. charismatic-jerk persona has begun to wear a bit thin. Don’t get me wrong, the movie was entertaining. But, haven’t we seen this all before?
The biggest issue with ‘Iron Man 3’ is that after ‘Marvel’s Avengers’ it has become difficult to go back to the way things were. And by the ‘way things were’, I mean only having one superhero per movie. ‘The Avengers’ changed the landscape, and now it feels like Marvel is holding back by not having multiple heroes intersect into each other’s world.
I couldn’t help but wonder where Nick Fury and Captain America were doing all of this mayhem and carnage? The thought of the Avengers was also a bit distracting throughout the movie. Every instance when Tony Stark was in peril, I kept expecting Thor or Bruce Banner to show up and lend a helping hand.
Marvel has done an excellent job in creating and integrating a larger superhero world, and it just feels like a shame not to use it in this movie. ‘Iron Man 3’ is a fun time at the movies, but you may leave the theater feeling like it could have been something more.
Rating:6: An above average movie