Iron Man 3 begins with a scene from 1999 on New Years Eve with the rude, egotistical, snobbish, and brash Tony Stark that we have come to love. Most of the movies main characters are presented in this scene. Tony Stark is obnoxiously attempting to have a one-night stand with Dr. Maya Hanson, lovable bodyguard Happy Hogan is protecting his friend and employer Stark, and we are introduced to our antagonist Aldrich Killian in a weak and rather annoying state as he desperately tries to pitch his ideas to an absorbed Stark.
This opening scene is immensely important in regards to the plot of the story, but I found the following couple scenes rather choppy and not the best transitions. Instead of going into a super in-depth analysis of each scene in the film, let me tell you what I enjoyed about the movie: (Spoilers)
- The connection between this movie and the other Marvel films coming out currently is great. I loved all of the references to the battle that happened in New York during the Avengers and how the thoughts of that battle still haunt Stark.
- The bodyguard and eventual head of security for Stark, Happy Hogan played by Jon Favreau, was a joy to see on camera. He was consistently comical and he reminded me of some of my bosses and old high school teachers. "WHERE IS YOUR I.D. BABA?" Haha..
- The different stages of character development in Paltrow's Pepper and Downey's Stark. One sees their relationship tested and a love endure despite all tests.
- The young boy Harley not only brought a great deal of comedy in his exchanges with Stark, but a sense of innocence into the Iron Man film as well.
- All of the action scenes were highly entertaining and to be expected when seeing a super hero movie.
- The computer Jarvis is literally awesome and one of my favorite aspects of the Iron Man franchise... We really see the 'friendship' between Stark and Jarvis in this film. There were, however, a few things that I did not like so much about the film. It is completely possible that this is just be, but I found the villain Aldrich Killian to be rather dull. He fit well into the movie and the fight scenes were entertaining but there was something about his motives AND powers that I did not enjoy. I found the true identity of the Mandarin to be rather silly but it worked out well for the movie's plot. This may have also be just me, but weren't the time frames at the end a little bizarre? Tony travelled from Tennessee to Miami, FL rather quickly in his car. The different parts of his suit and army of robots seemed to travel at unrealistic speeds BUT it does not bother me too much because it is a movie after all. Actually, while i'm thinking about it.. Why didn't stark just use his private army of Iron Men when his house was under attack and Pepper was threatened?
Why did Stark wait to use these? I would have just made them do all the work.. #lazyprobs
Slow down there Oprah.. (LOL I couldn't resist..)
Overall, this film is a must see if you enjoy superhero movies, action movies, or are looking for a good movie to see this summer. The action will keep you entertained while some of the jokes will have you laughing hysterically. Stark is filled with wonderful one-liners, but one of my favorites has to be Stark's reaction to Harley's story about his father leaving, "Dads leave sometimes, you don't have to be a pussy about it."I can't wait to see Iron Man again in the next avengers movie!