Iron Man 3

"You can take away my suits, you can take away my home, but there's one thing you can never take away from me: I am Iron Man."   - Tony Stark

release year: 2013
genre: superhero action
viewing setting: home Bluray, 4/21/14

synopsis: Tony Stark and friends go up against a super-terrorist.

impressions: Unbelievably, despite what the previews looked like and the greatness of the two previous Iron Man movies...I didn't like this one that much. It's hard to fully explain why without spoiling anything, but in brief: weak villain, more universal nature of the armor (meaning anyone can wear it), non-use of established heroes i.e. the Avengers. Yeah, I know it's an Iron Man movie, but since they go to great pains to reference the Avengers, it makes no sense that those guys wouldn't be around to help here. The main thing is the detachable armor, whose individual pieces fly around and can be controlled by Tony, as can all of his different suits or armor. It just didn't make a lot of sense and seemed to detract from the appeal of Iron Man. Plus the armors (any of them) didn't seem very resistant to damage.

helpful link: an article that better explains this film's issues

acting: Robert Downey Jr. is the same flippant yet brilliant inventor/hero with some problems. Gwyneth Paltrow is Stark's co-worker and girlfriend, who's having issues with his lifestyle. Don Cheadle is his friend who now wears a second suit of armor full-time. Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley are the villains of the piece.

final word: Mediocre entry in this superhero series.

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