Sunday, May 5, 2013

The latest installment of Iron Man brings much of the same that you saw in the first two film.  A nice mixture of action and comedy leaves you at least contempt of some consistency.  Iron Man 3 focuses on the Extremis story line of the comic book from 2005-2006 with his main adversaries the Mandarin and Aldrich Killian,

Extremis is a type of virus created by scientist Maya Hansen (played by Rebecca Hall in the movie) that regenerates the body from crippling injuries.  Individuals subjected to Extremis appears to not only be able to regenerate their body including whole limbs but can burn through things with their touch and have augmented strength and speed.  I've heard about the story line before in the comic book but was never really into it.  The movie starts off with a flash back where Tony Stark meets both Maya Hansen and Aldrich Killian.  Aldrich Killian played by Guy Pearce is a disabled scientist seeks out Tony to join his company Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM) but is brushed off by Tony.  AIM in the comic books is a terrorist group consisting mostly of scientists that uses technology for global conquest.  Fast forward to the present, the world's law enforcement agencies are baffled by the recent string of explosive attacks that leaves no evidence of a bomb by the Mandarin and his group.  But just who is this Mandarin?  Spoilers in the next paragraph.

In the comic books, as far as arch enemies go for Iron Man, Mandarin has always been one of my favorites. In the comic book he's an egomanic scientist that adapted alien technology into the form of ten rings each with a specific power on each of his fingers.  The powers ranges from ice blast, to disintegration beam, and more.  Making him more than a worthy adversary of Iron Man.  But unfortunately, this is not what get in the movie.  Not even close.  While it makes for an interesting plot twist in the movie, I can't help but feel cheated.  You see, in the movie, the Mandarin as used in the propaganda videos that threatens the world is none other than an actor hired by Aldrich Killian to hide the fact that his Extremis injected soldiers are unstable and literally exploding.  Aldrich Killian in the movie attempts to get Tony Stark to fix the formula that Maya created by kidnapping Pepper and injecting her with the formula.  Which leads us to the final fight scene.  Spoilers continue for another paragraph.

The final fight takes us to Aldrich's base on an oil rig where he's holding Pepper Potts.  Tony Stark along with James Rhodes who is re-branded the Iron Patriot from War Machine goes into rescue her.  Albeit both without their suits.  But that's okay, because from the Avengers movie, Tony has been busy building Iron Man suits.  A couple of dozen of them to be exact and he needs each one as Aldrich has a small army of Extremis soldiers at his disposal.  The fight is great, and makes for a lot of action, but sorely missing is a more dynamic villain for Iron Man to fight as well as the lack of action for the Iron Patriot.  Besides the first attack on Tony Stark's home and this final battle scene, there's really not a whole of Iron Man action.  End of spoilers.

Overall, I would give this film a 3.0 stars out of 5.0.  I enjoy the relationship and dialogue between Tony Starks and Harley the boy he meets and assists him in rural Tennessee.  I enjoy the action scenes which unfortunately was not as frequent.  But compared to the latter two films, it just falls short due to the been there, done that.


Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man
Gwyneth Paltrow as Virginia "Pepper" Potts
Don Cheadle as Col. James "Rhodey" Rhodes / Iron Patriot
Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian
Rebecca Hall as Dr. Maya Hansen
Stephanie Szostak as Ellen Brandt
James Badge Dale as Eric Savin
Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan
Ben Kingsley as Trevor Slattery / The Mandarin
Ty Simpkins as Harley

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