Movie Review: Ironman 3

 

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Director : Shane Black

Starring : Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rebecca Hall, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, William Sadler, Ty Simpkins, Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, Jon Favreau, Stan Lee.

Running Time : 130 minutes

Release Date :   24 April 2013

 

‘ Unleash the power behind the armor ‘

The third offering from the multi billion dollar Ironman franchise is finally here. Well, I say the third but as someone pointed out to me yesterday, The Avengers was really the third so this movie should be called Ironman 4. But that’s semantics…..

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Tony Stark (Downey Jr) is back. And how. Downey Jr is remarkable as Stark and has made this character his own. I love him as an actor and he does himself and Marvel proud with his Ironman portrayal. Stark is in a happily committed relationship with the CEO of  Stark Enterprises, Pepper Potts (Paltrow). He spends his time perfecting the Ironman suits and basically keeping the world safe. Oh and Stark’s favourite robot helper is back…..helping out and getting into trouble as usual. These scenes are always among my favourites in the Ironman movies.

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Ironman 3 is chock full of good guys, most notably Stark’s best friend James Rhodes (Cheadle). Colonel Rhodes is the US government’s very own metal-bound hero The Patriot. He used to be War Machine but was redubbed with the less confronting moniker The Patriot. Watch for a very funny password moment about 3/4 of the way into the movie. Real laugh out loud scenes.

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The new villain is a terrorist known as The Mandarin (Kingsley) and he is an evil, evil figure. He takes over news broadcasts to issue his threats and the general population has no choice but to witness the atrocities committed. Part of  The Mandarin’s quest to demoralise the public is to destroy, completely, the Stark residence. It is a powerful moment for all concerned and Stark disappears, presumed dead. This is when the real superhero stuff starts. YEAH!!!

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I’m going to stop now because I will be giving too much away. Suffice to say this movie has many great characters…..from the brilliant but slightly unhinged Aldrich Killian (Australia’s own Pearce), the adorable kid Harley (Simpkins) who the injured Stark befriends to the vengeful Scientist Maya (Hall) and the menacingly nasty thug Sal (Sadler).

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This movie is AH-MA-ZING!!!  Just amazing.

It is fun…. it is funny… it is quirky …. it is action packed …. it has a heart ….. it has a soul…. it has honourable good guys …. it has very bad bad guys….. it has romance….. it has drama …. it has snappy one-liners …. it has thoughtful engaging dialogue…. it has superheros who can fly …. it has superheros who are flawed. It has everything you could want in a movie.

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As many of you know, I am a geek girl. Not a super geek girl but geeky enough to have been super-excited about the previews of Star Trek and Man of Steel before the main attraction and but not geeky enough to venture into Sheldon Cooper obsessive territory. I am sure the die hard Marvel comic fans will have issues with this movie but for the rest of us, it will prove thoroughly entertaining and immensely watchable.

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And this movie has a major twist. I didn’t see it coming as so many in the theatre proclaimed they did………well judging by the whispered comments during and after a  little bit of eaves-dropping after the movie in the foyer. The twist is great……just perfect. I loved it almost as much as I loved the robot in the dunce hat.

I absolutely recommend you go and see this movie. Take your kids, your parents, your significant other, your I-want-you-to-be-my-significant-other, your best mate, your friends and their friends. Just go and see it. It has something for everyone and you will not be disappointed. It runs for just over 2 hours but you barely notice. It’s fine for all but the littlest of movie goers……although I’m the mum that would let my 7 year old see this movie and death stare you right back as you judged me in the foyer while I was buying popcorn.

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This is a more than worthy addition to the Marvel Avengers bank of titles and not to be missed on the big screen. I didn’t bother with 3D…. my regular readers know my aversion to 3D (waste of money unless it’s animated………and a good animation at that) …. but that’s not to say it wasn’t brilliant in that format. There are rumours this is the last Ironman movie so don’t miss out.

So what are you waiting for…….go book a ticket 🙂

Love Flick xx

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