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4.0 out of 5 stars May contain spoilers, 1 Oct 2013
This review is from: Iron Man 3 [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
So Phase two of Marvel's Avenger films kicks off and first out of the stable is the almighty Iron Man 3.

Iron Man has long been the front runner for The Avengers. Often mixing sly humour with some great action. Iron Man 3 is no different in its tone. It is a bit sharper and the script is more character focussed than the previous outings, but the bare bones are recognisable. The first half of the film is absolutely brilliant and showcases what can really be done with these characters. We have a fragile Tony Stark struggling to come to terms with his recent battle with Loki and his alien army. He is paranoid and sleep deprived and spends all his time tinkering with his armour.

Its only when a new terrorist is the guise of The Mandarin threatens the American government and injures his life-long friend that he decides he can't sit around and wait.

The story is well written and the action comes thick and fast. Tony Stark is a broken soul in the film and Robert Downey Jr hits all the right marks. Successfully being his normal cocky self, whilst maintaining some vulnerability. Never before has it been so essential that the balance of a character is correct when the majority of this film focusses on Stark out of his suit!

Whilst the first hour is amazing the second drops the pace a little. This is mainly to do with its choice of villain. Marvel has proven it isn't afraid to take risks and likes to play around with some of the history of the comics. However this may have been a slight step too far. The Mandarin is to Tony Stark what The Joker is to Batman. He is an iconic villain and Iron Man's biggest foe. Here he isn't treated as such and the twist is hollow and downright tragic. It feels like a twist in order to show off rather than thrill and it is a completely wasted opportunity. The most gutting part is that Ben Kingsley perfectly evoked the tyrannical Mandarin to the point where it is difficult to see how they could ever use the character again.

So it is lucky that the rest of the film more than makes up for this mistake. The action set pieces are an absolute joy and push the boundaries of what we have seen so far. A stand out being the attack on Stark's home. The next step in Iron Mans armour is also a joy to watch with Stark being able to summon the suit to his location just by concentrating. Also Guy Pearce's character is worth a mention and he does become a worthy adversary in the end even though his performance is slightly tarnished at the thought of what could have been.

This film will divide die hard Iron Man fans, but as a film fan and a fan of the output that Marvel have been giving us, this is a great start to a new Phase. The best of the three but also the riskiest. By the time we get there, Avengers 2 will have a lot to live up too which is a tantalising thought. In the meantime it looks like we will be treated to some pretty decent blockbuster films.
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Initial post: 8 May 2014 19:03:46 BDT
ND says:
Want to spoil it for others then tell your friends not strangers, we need to see for ourselves not to be struck down by your thoughts and misleading comments, we will be our own judges thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Oct 2014 15:24:46 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Oct 2014 15:25:00 BDT
T. Cosens says:
Hence the tag May contain Spoilers. In fact I dont think I said much at all anyway. Simply don't read the review.
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