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Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: Does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man? Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce and Shane Black
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This production marked a time of recent and significant changes in several ways for Avengers films and, IMHO, had a content somewhat divergent (good, but mostly bad) from what we had been accustomed to in not only 'Iron Man' films, but 'Avenger' films in toto....
Despite enjoying this film, but not as much as IM/IM2, whatever my opinions are about some of those negative aspects one thing that cannot be ignored is how massively successful this release was. Continuing the commercial success of 'Avengers Assemble', which became the all-time third-highest-grossing film, 'Iron Man 3' became the all-time fifth-highest-grossing film and easily the most profitable 'Iron Man' movie of the 3.
So, as far as plot goes for this 3rd foray into the world of the 'Avengers' most 'colourful' character, it is MUCH less of a sequel than 'Iron Man 2'. This time the plot involves essentially 'new' material, with less harking back to the historical aspects of the character or Stark Industries; instead, we have new 'villains' who seem to have cropped-up largely independent of anything related to the 'Avengers' past.....
This means that the plot is really quite run-of-the-mill, following the general overall 'classic' ingredients of an 'Avengers' film - BUT, as mentioned earlier, with some distinctly different slants from any other 'Avengers' film I've seen. So, I don't intend to say anything more about the plot, since it is really quite a straightforward 'IM vs villain' storyline, with those added 'slants' - do read the Amazon synopsis for a very wordy, but ultimately rather vague outline though !
Thankfully, the core qualities of great special-effects and sharp action remain (but there is less snappy dialogue as things are often darker-still than 'Iron Man 2').
It also presents itself very well on 3D Blu-ray.
Back to those divergent content, slants....
Firstly, Jon Favreau is no longer the director but he still appears in his usual IM acting part.
This IM film follows the trend started with 'Thor' of also having a 3D version.
This was the first Marvel film following The Walt Disney Company becoming Marvel Entertainment's new 'corporate parent' - IMHO a significant marker....
Uniquely, the plot includes a child 'sidekick' character :
- This aspect really grated with me,
- AND for me seemed something of a contradiction as the film continued the usual 'Avengers' trait of having a '12' viewing certificate so why have such a character,
- ESPECIALLY as the viewing certificate guidelines for this film are the most 'restrictive' of the 3 IM films !
The plot has a massive, undetected by me, 'twist' - which admittedly I did like.
It contains 'toilet-humour', which admittedly I did find rather funny and all the more surprising as it is heavily-related to when the 'twist' is revealed.
Add to that my other observation that the plot involves essentially 'new' material, with less harking back to the historical aspects of the character or Stark Industries and you can see how differently some (me !) might view this film.
A final plot observation is that although there are flashback scenes, the present-day events in this film occur a few months after what happened in 'Avengers Assemble', knowledge of which is required....
The production-values of the film are equal to IM2, with much 'equipment' on show, a lot of explosive action and decent special-effects. Again, there are a number of notable acting performances but Downey Jr remains dominant, just as before; unfortunately, there are periods involving 'that' child sidekick character which I didn't enjoy at all.
There is also far less drama this time and it is more often than not of an even darker nature than IM2. Any humour present seemed to be related to the 'villains', rather than Tony Stark. The Stark very rich 'playboy' tag is also less significant this time, hence less strays towards 'sexism'...
So, the baton-passing of the director duties from Jon Favreau to Shane Black are VERY noticeable - especially as he also has writer credits for the screenplay.
As we should expect from a modern film (but not necessarily in 3D, as I've since discovered !), on 3D Blu-ray (viewed on a 4K/UHD resolution TV) things look and sound very good. This is another effective/satisfying (post-filming converted) 3D presentation I have seen from Marvel films, although the effect is more to do with depth in a lot of the expansive sets rather than form.
The picture is flawless and the DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 soundtrack clear and active, but most importantly I found no discernible classic 3D 'issues' - hurray !
*** My feelings about the 3D are significant because I've now watched quite a few 'normal' movies in 3D (eg 2 subsequent 'Captain Americas', 'Avengers: Age of Ultron', 'Ant-Man', 'Max Max Fury Road') and I felt some weren't very effective and I also found presentation issues - most notably with 'Captain America: Civil War'...
In contrast, ALL the animation films I've watched in 3D have been exceptional. For me, the IM3 3D quality falls somewhere between 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' and the superior 'Ant-Man'.
Like most big features the 3D is on a dedicated disc with no extras, so you also get the 2D disc (the one sold separately) to include the standard Blu-ray extras. The notable extras consist of a commentary track and, in contrast to the IM2/3 releases, only a few relatively short featurettes - all yet to be perused.
I've attached a photo of the case back with all the disc info as Amazon omits it.
So, like all 'Avengers' films I found 'Iron Man 3' to be well-made, but it's no sequel to the 'Iron Man' story per se, as the plot is more 'classic'. There are also all those 'differences from the norm' I outlined earlier, with the child sidekick being the most irritating and ultimately something I found inexplicable to be included.
It also misses most of the usual IM humour, but on the other hand there is instead humour with other characters. Nevertheless it still has many of the positive Tony Stark/'Iron Man' credentials despite the screenplay having an easier job to cover/reveal 'Avengers' back-story.
It also looks/sounds great on 3D Blu-ray, BUT the extras count on the included 2D is more limited than usual and again it is a pity that you have to watch in 2D to hear the commentary.
Armed with dozens of suits, a mutant girlfriend and a kid with his own garage, Ironman returns to the screen for another big, action packed and humerous showdown. I think this is probably my favourite of the Ironman films!
What's better than one Ironman? Two Ironmen... Done that last film...so what's better? lots and lots of Ironmen!
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