Cert: 12A Runtime: 130 mins Director: Shane Black Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Rebecca Hall, Jon Favreau, Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley
Mr Stark, today is the first day of what’s left of your life
Phase 2 has now begun at Marvel Studios HQ, and we kick off with Iron Man 3. Jon Favreau is not directing, but Shane Black a long time friend of Mr.Downey Jr, has taken the reigns. As we all know marvel stick the story pretty close to their chest and not much was known whether this is the last outing for Iron Man, all we knew is that The Mandarin is in town. Everyone’s favourite genius billionaire playboy philanthropist Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is back! The flippant hero with a heart of gold now faces his greatest threat yet. It arrives in the form of deadly master-criminal The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) – a villain who sets about destroying Stark’s entire world. Out on his own, Stark must rely on ingenuity to defeat his arch-nemesis whilst fighting to protect the love of his life, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). But does he have the mettle to survive The Mandarin’s plan and rise up as Iron Man once more?
So behind this plot this movie is different from all the earlier ones. It is about Tony Stark’s emotional ride experiencing friendship, love, anger, fear and most importantly anxiety. There is in fact a scene in the movie when a kid asks him a question and he feels weak. Seeing his world being destroyed in front of his eyes, the cool Tony Stark succumbs to the emotion of vendetta and sets out to seek the Mandarin. Robert Downey Jr. was meant to be Tony Stark, period. The skill with which has interwoven the complexities and eccentricities of Stark along with the responsibility of Iron Man is a treat to watch. As a man he has no superhuman powers or strength, just his intelligence and money and this side of him has been exploited to the hilt in this outing of his. In the previous 2 movies he was building Iron Man, but this one is more about the development of both Stark and his Iron Man Suit. As he rightly remarks, at the end of it “I am just a Man in the Can”. Gwyneth Paltrow, has transformed into a strong personality and like all husbands/ boyfriends, even the Iron Man listens to her and pays attention. The chemistry between them forms the underlying basis of the movie and for me the whole plot is interwoven around relationship of Tony Stark and Pepper Potts.Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian, the brilliant scientist using his intelligence for devious means, is menacing as well as good looking. The woman would love the shirtless scenes of the man and his suave style. With her assistant Maya Hansen played by Rebecca Hall the form a formidable team of villains.
Ben Kingsley is a great actor and shows it in his performance as the Mandarin, especially when his secret is revealed.The surprise package in this one though is the young actor Ty Simpkins playing Harley, a young kid in a small town with a knack for technology bordering on the lines of a whiz kid. His chemistry and the scenes with Tony Stark are the best in the movie and we see a promising actor in the making. Maybe Iron Man might have a protégé in the future.Shane Black’s direction is surreal and the screenplay adds a lot of wit and humour to an action movie. The Airforce One crash scene and when Tony’s mansion is attacked are one of the best action sequences I have witnessed in a while. You do come out humming the background music out of the cinema.Iron Man 3 is full of one liner’s, puns, emotions and some wild twisted humour besides over the top action. Tony Stark has detached himself from the suit and at the same time emphatically stated that no one can take away the fact that “He is Iron Man”. This movie is a must watch for all Tony Stark lovers. It is the second best film of the trilogy, and I am rather relieved after Iron Man 2. You would hope that the Iron Man franchise will retire in a blaze of glory after Avengers 2.