The thing about all the Marvel's movies is that they really don't go deep into the story content. They just deal with a simple story by adding plenty breathtaking and grand action sequences. These were really targeted to one kinda audience, who don't really complain when the plot is weak nor the performance of the cast. Iron Man 3 doesn't really transact with different things, the same old hollywood story is been dealt with all sort of tiny things that really make sense throughout the movie.
Ok! so, the movie outsets back in 1999 on the new year's eve where Tony Stark is just a normal billionaire without all the arc reactor and stuff hanging out with Hansen (Rebecca Hall) , as he encounters Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) who wants Stark to unite with him on the Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM) project, but Stark castoff his request. Coming back to the present day, Stark is now a busy man developing his new highly altered suit armours, while the city bumps into a new threat "Mandarin" who was a terrorist and menaces the people by appearing on television at times.
After a while, when Stark's security chief Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) is caught up in one of the Mandarin's attack he challenges him (Mandarin) to take down his mansion if he want to and the Mandarin army really does that. During the attack Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Hansen survives but Stark fells into the river and everyone believes him as dead. The traumatized Stark now learns about all the things happening behind Mandarin with the help of his 10 year old friend Harley (Ty Simpkins). On his research Stark ascertains that Mandarin is a real dumbass and the real Madarin is his old adherent Killian. Now Killian really wants to take over Stark and the whole city if he do not assist him in his project. He (Killian) builds up his own dreadful team who don't really die effortlessly without beating the shit of the opponent. So Stark decides that he is the one who can take down the hot sweltering Mandarin gang with the help of Colonel Rhodes and his computer (Jarvis) operated armours.
What makes sense when you watch it in a 3D format? Well its completely annoying putting up a frame of glasses on your face which is not worth a shit but I'l go with the mid air rescue where Iron man saves a bunch of country officials with a remotely handled suit armour, the take down by the Mandarin men on Stark's mansion with the helicopter gunships and the whole climax sequence which take place on a cargo ship. These things will undeniably give us goosebumps in the way the scene is been handled or crafted with the background score added.
And they were few fun sequences around which we unexceptionally expect from a Marvel movie and I have an issue that they were used in excess in few places. And the biggest fun thing about the movie is the acting Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), he shows up in a frightful manner in the beginning, he suddenly appears on tv in a ghastly way, terrifies the president and finally ends being a dud.
Now the real hitch when you show up with a predictable story is that it will not open up in different orbits. It just have a badass villain to compete against the hero till the very end and the hero somehow blews his entire army up and finally demolishes the villain in his own style. But in order to drive the story to this level, you just have to make sure that your screenplay is sharp and the let the miniscule things weave the story for you. Shane Black and Drew Pearce had done a fine job in writing the screenplay and handling a big expectation of the movie.
The direction again from Shane Black was quite exceptional, he had a single movie experience which is quite less to direct a big sequel and as per me he lived up to all the expectations, maybe he could have been more keen on his script which can do miracles when needed. Apart from that, the cinematography and the editing were impressive, whatever the tricks they used, the camera man has to be appreciated for his work cause its more about moving objects all around.
CGI was luminous, but I have a slight thing that it has been spoiled due to the 3D version but then again it was a fair bit of job pulled out by the technical department. Credits to the music composer Brain Tyler for the glorious orchestra supported sound he used, mainly during the action scenes.
Robert Downey Jr. is in full form right here, he was not forced to give out an oscar winning performance but a decent justifying one is much more needed which is a trouble-free task for someone like RDJ. Gwyneth Paltrow is a whole new Pepper Potts now, she's got a few things to handle up herself in the climax and she scores in whatever is offered to her. And to my surprise, Guy Pearce was really amazing as a badass, the whole biotech kinda hot stuff poisoned in him gives a extra kinda strength for him and he carried out everything well.
Finally, Iron Man 3 doesn't leave you in uncertainty, this doesn't really make you think again like a Nolan film, it aspires in giving you a 150 minute entertainment. Yet another summer banger from Marvel and we can rather expect an end to the Iron Man series for now.
My Rating - 3.5/5
Grade - B+ (Very Good)
-By Surya Komal aka KM