Review: Iron Man 3 (2013)

When you see that a villain has managed to cause anxiety issues to the ever cool Iron Man, you can be certain that there is a lot more at play than that meets the eye.

The build up to the climax includes Stark’s capture, the dawning realization that Dr. Killian is really the Mandarin, the killing of Maya by Killian, Killian showing that Pepper has been made a part of the human bomb squad and Stark’s flight to freedom using his remote controlled Mark-42 (ah 42)! Even his breakout from the dungeon in a semi Iron Man suit looks awesome and in some ways funny. Especially when the last of the henchmen says something like I don’t like the guys who employed me. They’re weird and runs away!

The climax happens with the President tied up in the Iron Patriot suit hanging high up. It is here that the director excels by giving us the pleasure of watching the backup team performing. There is no dearth to large scale destruction and objects going boom. Every single evil honcho is taken down in style by the army of Iron Men remotely assembled by Jarvis.

When Stark eventually locates Pepper he appears to be a bit too late and this fuels his anger. He then has a showdown with the real Mandarin where he is more or less defeated. He manages to gain the upper hand momentarily when Mark-42 is summoned (again remotely) only to be broken to pieces by taking one wrong step (which ironically appears funny, given the situation)!

But Stark has the last laugh when he manages to get the armor around Killian and gets it to blow. But even this does not stop Killian. We are eventually shown that Pepper is alive (as she now carries the same sci-fi tech as Mandarin’s men). She now becomes targeted by Jarvis (based on her heat pattern) much to the chagrin of Stark. But she doesn’t lose her bearings and manages to grab a piece of Iron Man suit to finally destroy Killian for good.

Stark and Pepper reunite and he promises her to start everything from scratch. With this we’re shown all the Iron Man suits are destroyed (quite a firework show). Stark is as good as his word and gets Pepper and himself fixed (medically that is), cleans up his lab and begins a new life.

This climax leaves us wondering if this is the last Iron Man movie we will get to watch. But as the very last dialogue goes They may take away my armor. They cannot take away who I am. I am IRON MAN!

Here’s my rating for Iron Man 3 (2013):

Story
Direction
Casting
Performance
Technical
Average

[Total: 1    Average: 10/5]

Author: Rajesh Narayanan

A small speck of dust in the ever expanding ether

2 thoughts on “Review: Iron Man 3 (2013)”

  1. Very good points on the movie. It was definately different from phase 1 in its tone and story. While the movies in phase 1 generally fell into fun summer action movies with a solid plot, this one was definitly more serious. The only question i had during the movie is what is SHEILD doing right now? It seems that there should have been some sort of interaction, even if it is tony telling them off, or something because it became clear the threat was big enough for SHEILD to do something.

    1. @Byron – that’s an interesting take. I never realized about it. Definitely Mandarin’s threat was worth being investigated by SHIELD. Probably skipped as the main agent of SHIELD is presumably dead when this story unfolds and they didn’t find a suitable replacement/ couldn’t create a worthy character on time!

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