Iron Man 3  (2013)

I've stated before my distaste for going to the movies. I avoided the big crowds by waiting a while to head to the theater to see the finale of the Iron Man trilogy. Thanks to FX showing the first two movies every other day, I felt like like I knew the script better than Robert Downey Jr did, and I was excited to see how things wrapped up.

The superhero trilogy has been a huge trend of late, from Batman to Spider-man to the three main X-Men movies. All of these stories have had similar arcs, with the first movie giving us the birth, the second story amps everything up, and the third gives the hero a big farewell. The first Iron Man movie was great, I felt the second one actually lagged at points, but the third redeemed the franchise.

Admittedly, I'm more of a casual comic book fan. I know the main characters and their main story, but I don't know all the supporting cast or the backstory that goes along with them. For a stand-alone movie, I enjoyed the entire plot. The villains fit the overall feel of the Iron Man movies, but didn't feel like retreads of the previous bad guys. Guy Pearce wasn't as good as usual, but still had a nice sinister presence. Ben Kingsley has consistently put out bad movies lately, but this gave him some redemption. I normally don't like Gwyneth Paltrow, but something about that red hair makes me give her a shot.

The effects were one of the biggest stars, from the villains glowing skin to the reveal of dozens of different Iron Man suits. I don't want to spoil anything, but from the time "The Avengers" ended to when "Iron Man 3" begins, Tony Stark has been building version after version of his suit, each designed for specific situations, many of which come into play at some point during the movie.

The Tony Stark / Iron Man story is over as far as his official movies go. He will still be a part of the Marvel franchise, specifically with The Avengers series. The biggest issue I have with this inter-weaving of all the superheros is that isn't consistent. Superman and Batman both live in the same world, but they were never featured in eachother's movie because it would be too easy for Batman to just say "Hey Supes, help me out!" and wrap everything up. The problem with having Iron Man & Hulk & Thor & Captain America & Hawkeye & SHIELD all together is that they all disappear during this movie when it was evident they should have been involved in some way. I know it's picky, but when the producers decide to make all these characters interact, they can't leave them out for seemingly no reason.



On the [Celluloid Hero] scale, "Iron Man 3" gets a 7 out of 10.


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