Due to Iron Man 2 being a major disappointment in my book, I had no intention of watching the third instalment in the cinema…but what a nice surprise it turned out to be as I sat at home to watch the DVD. First of all the producers remembered something key to Iron Man - which is; he actually needs to be in the film and he needs to have a multitude of action sequences. As it now stands, all the Iron Man films can be viewed to be very different from each other in tone and direction, the first one was raw and very linear even with its flashbacks. Iron Man in his cinematic debut was for the resolution of war and conflicts and there was nothing soft about the way he went about it. The second film was an unintended drama about Tony Stark…moving on, the third is a redemptive effort about the man beyond the suit (but thankfully the suit is actually included) and in facing a crisis of fear due to the events that happened in Avengers Assemble, we see him step up and muster the courage to take the good fight on.
"The Extremis angle lends itself to having some serious action and battle sequences that were missing from Iron Man 2 and the finale is very well crafted."
IM3 does have a lot of smoke and mirrors to it, you will be fooled (pleasantly) in some of its narrative, though at the same time, you might say that a particular important character in the Iron Man universe is killed without actually dying. Pepper Pots, Happy and Rhodes all get to shine in dramatic scenes and action ones too, which was definitely needed. The Extremis angle lends itself to having some serious action and battle sequences that were missing from Iron Man 2 and the finale is very well crafted. I have no doubt that it will leave the hungriest of action junkies appeased and Guy Pearce as the villain is his usual, high calibre self.
The film does have its Disney moments, but Downey Jr. never lets Tony Stark become a different person from the foundation we understand just because he is dealing with children. On the edge of becoming a scene from of an after school TV programme, IM3s script always diverts back to the true nature of Tony Stark and the iron way, bringing back the brand to what made it so popular in the first place - its rock 'n' roll attitude.
Rating: A Strong 7/10