***Disclosure: I received an all expense paid trip to Hollywood from Disney/Marvel to attend the Iron Man 3 premiere. As always, all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
It seems that everyone is dying to see what is in store for Tony Stark, (Robert Downey, Jr.) and his leading lady, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). Iron Man 3 is different than the first 2 chapters in this blockbuster series for a lot of reasons. It's darker in some ways, (Which makes it perfect for kids 13+) and it deals with real world issues and concerns in a way that is both tasteful and raw, but also haunting at times.
In Iron Man 3, Tony takes on a force of pure evil known as The Mandarin. It is the Mandarin's mission to wreak havoc and instill fear into the lives of the world's citizens. Particularly Americans. His methods are sinister and callous, and of course, he singles out Tony Stark after Tony boldly proclaims "You're not a man. You're nothing more than a maniac. I'm not afraid of you. No politics here: just good old fashioned revenge!" Of course, things aren't always as they seem, and Tony is bound to get to the bottom of the mystery of The Mandarin.
Of course, our hero is joined by Pepper Potts, now his love interest and CEO of Stark Industries. The patient, kind Pepper we know is now powerful and brave, and even kicks some butt in Iron Man 3. Oh, and she's also Tony's live-in love interest.
We also meet Jasper once again, as well as some new characters that give this story some amazing twists and turns. It's not at all predictable, and sometimes what you assume to be real throws you for a loop and makes your head spin. Marvel has done an amazing job of keeping fans on the edge of their seats during Iron Man 3.
Here are some of the things I loved most about Iron Man 3. Don't worry, there aren't any spoilers here. Nothing crucial to the plot will be given away in this movie review.
The Softer Side of Tony Stark....
However, Iron Man 3 does show a different side of our favorite super-hero. It shows Tony Stark in a whole new light. In a more human way. Here, we see a man who is haunted by the things he has seen and experienced, and in some cases, by the choices he has made. He, like any other man, second-guesses things in his past as well as his present, and he is searching for answers as well as inner peace.
Tony lives with an internal struggle that has turned him into an insomniac, and has made him question everything....He also has PTSD, which makes him have moments of weakness and vulnerability that seem so very real. Tony Stark has seen and experienced a lot, and in Iron Man 3, it's all finally catching up with him.
Plus, rather than just taking on the enemy, our hero is struggling to find out how to protect the one thing that means the most to him. This, my friends, is a far cry from the playboy and womanizer we've seen in previous Iron Man movies. Our hero has matured....Grown...And has discovered the one thing that only a good woman can bring out in him: Unconditional love.
This is touched on a bit in the following trailer:
Iron Man Makes A Little Friend....
The chemistry between Tony and Harley is amazing. Their relationship in the film is both playful and heartwarming. There were a few times I laughed out loud and one occasion that almost made me cry. (I am a known, sap, though!) Again, Iron Man 3 shows a lot more vulnerability on Tony Stark's part, and his relationship with Harley further displays this. Who knew that Iron Man could be almost fatherly?! Robert Downey, Jr. is a Dad in real life, so I'm sure he already knew how to make young Ty comfortable on the set. This pairing of actors is nothing less than genius, in my humble opinion.
Is This the End of Iron Man?
While Iron Man 3 is visually stunning, has epic fight scenes and spine-tingling action, in Iron Man 3 we see a softer, more emotional, more mature side of Tony Stark. He see him grieve over past choices. We watch him try and make amends for mistakes he has made. We see him wrestle with his emotions in the quest of being not only a better protector for human kind, but a better man in general. And of course, there is the too-real theme of good vs. evil.
In Iron Man 3, a more mature Tony Stark has definitely made sacrifices to follow his heart's true desires. His priorities have shifted. But will this mean the end of Iron Man?
Head to theaters nationwide on May 3, 2013 to find out for yourself! This is one movie you're not going to want to miss!
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