Yesterday, I used my Orange Wednesday code to take a trip to the cinema to see Iron Man 3. I thought I would give it a review whilst the balls of fire, whizzing robots and ‘hot’ men scenes were still whirling around in my head.
As I sat comfortably in the very spacious VUE cinema in Bristol and began eating my bargain popcorn kids pack, the lights dimmed and the trailers began. I always look forward to the trailers, which may seem odd, as most people complain about them. Trailers in my eyes are all part of the experience! I like to be enticed into watching a film by the quality of the previews. After viewing these particular trailers, I can safely say, I will be using more Orange Wednesday codes to see Man of Steel and possibly Epic.
Moving onto the film in question, the plot follows on from the Avengers’ victory in New York and we are immediately introduced to the crazed nerd who has been working towards revenge against Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) for a number of years. With somewhat predictable scenes I still enjoyed the overall plot, but I think this came down to the encompassing action from exploding baubles to firework robots!
As a team, Black and co-writer Drew Pearce portrayed Tony Stark as an anxious man who cannot live without his toys for fear of breathless anxiety attacks. We witness Stark’s house crumble into the sea along with all his gadgets and the man himself. Luckily his armour protects him and he is able to fly free from the depths of the ocean whilst unconscious, to then wake up to find his super-suit needing power. I imagine, he felt similar to the way, I feel when I realise my phone battery is about to die, whilst out for the whole day; lost, disconnected and powerless. Venerability, surrounds Stark as we watch him drag his toy through the snow to shelter, where he finds a young fan cum ‘sidekick’ who happens to remind the once powerful Iron Man that he is, after all, a mechanic.
As a terrorist figure head, known as Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), forces his way onto the US airwaves, threatening the President with attacks he calls ‘lessons’ the need for Stark’s power suit to charge becomes paramount. (So maybe it is a little more serious than my phone dying.)
With anxiety and no super-suit it is hard to imagine how Stark kept his humorous side bubbling throughout which helped prevent the movie dwindling down a dark and dangerous path.
Mandarin also enticed a few laughs from the audience with his whimsical, ‘drugs are the answer to everything’ approach.
Oh, and I nearly forgot to mention, that the villain also has a number of sidekicks of his own and special ‘powers’ himself. Their red, glowing, eyes and volcanic ash arms – that grow back, makes them almost impossible to beat, but luckily Stark has a few more toys hidden in his basement. The lava villains are supposedly taken from the 2005-06 Warren Ellis comic-books, the Extremis storyline, whereby Stark faces T-1000 super-soliders that can regenerate body parts.
With a few women thrown in for men to admire and females to envy (check out Gwyneth Paltrow abs), all in all it is a witty, action filled movie that doesn’t fall short of fire balls and hand made weaponry and the film ends on a high with a few ironic lines from Iron Man himself.