REVIEW: Iron Man 3

And so we come to the end of Superhero Season, with the much anticipated review of  Iron Man 3! Don’t worry, I’m going to try and remain as spoiler free as possible, so read on!

After much buildup and anticipation, Phase 2 of the Marvel Universe series has been launched with Iron Man 3. Taking place six months after the events of The Avengers, Tony Stark returns. The events of New York haunt his dreams, stopping him from sleeping, resulting in severe anxiety attacks. When terrorist, The Mandarin, threatens the safety of Pepper and the country, Stark must test his mettle to discover whether the man makes the suit, or the suit makes the man.

Iron Man 3 is everything you expect and more. After the huge story and effects of The Avengers, following it up was a huge feat but Shane Black makes it happen. It may not be on the same scale as The Avengers, but Iron Man 3 still manages to keep up.

Personally, I believe that Iron Man 3 could be the best of the trilogy. Breath taking effects are standard for Marvel films, and somehow they get pushed further. The scenes with the multiple suits are fantastic, not only showcasing the visual effects but demonstrating the genius of Tony Stark.

This is by far, the funniest of all the Marvel films. It is filled with huge laughs, whether they be from Stark’s usual wit or from the marvelous Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan. Happy hasn’t played a huge role in the previous films but in this one he really comes into his own. Seeing him with a bad-ass mullet then rugby tackle Stark is fantastic. There’s the usual one liners from Stark which are funny, but Shane Black’s screenplay makes him even more witty than usual. Some laughs were so big that we missed the next bit of dialogue!

Each character is amazing, with Stark, Rhodey and Potts being shown in more depth in this film than in previous. From the flashback at the beginning of the film, we get to see just how much Stark has changed from his egotistical past to the suave hero he is now. Don Cheadle plays a much bigger part as Rhodey this time around, with his hero status equaling Stark’s near the end. Gwyneth Paltrow really pushes Pepper up a gear, turning into a complete badass! I must admit, I kinda want to be Pepper now, she’s just so cool!

But the best character is that of the Mandarin, Ben Kingsley – he is now one of my all time favourite actors because of his role. That is all I’m saying on that matter! You’ll have to watch the film yourself to figure out why.

All you have to do is go and see this film for yourself to see just how brilliant it is. As with all Marvel films the is a Stan Lee cameo (disappointing after his appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man though!) and, you must stay until the end of the credits. This is definitely the best of the end credit scenes so definitely, definitely stay!

Why are you still reading this? Get to your local cinema and see it!

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