Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Review: Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

Starring Robert Downey Jr. Gwyneth Paltrow Don Cheadle Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley

In Iron Man 3 we are introduced to a much more complex Stark.  Unlike in two where he was basically a self destructing drunk, in 3 we have a person who suffers from panic attacks, insomnia and good ole angst on numerous points.

In this installment we are introduced to one of Iron Man's regular nemesis,  The Mandrin.   Though I have to say the false leads and miss directions really detracted from the character played brilliantly by Ben Kingsley.  We see a hand full of rings and a hooded cape, but if you were not somewhat familiar with the Iron Man universe then these minor flashes are so much wasted screen time.

If you are not a comic fan than some of the references in the film are going to fall flat.  Case in point is Extremis.  Up to this point, I had never heard of the “drug”, so you find yourself a bit distracted as you try and pick up  the where and when of Extremis.  When you first see some of the 'patients' who had taken extremis, you have to skip back to the beginning of the film to get  an inkling of what it is capable of and why the vice-president would do the things he finally does.

The plot is pretty straight forward, but it is the little asides that will have you jumping for the player remote. In my mind, IM3 is more a fan movie that either of the first two.  That doesn't mean that it is not watchable, far from it.  There is plenty of iron man on iron man action and things get blown up at an astonishing pace.

There are a couple of real good surprises in this outing and I don't plan on being a spoiler.

You can rent the movie if you like, I get the impression that the BR disk has a lot more entertainment on it.   The DVD on the otherhand has pretty much the movie not much else.  Spring for the Blu-Ray if at all possible. 

I watched the dvd, so I can give the movie a 9 for action lovers and comic fans.  This one is for you.
As far as extras....sneak peeks and one short on making of of the more spectacular stunts that is it.  So for the dvd version at least 14 or a 7 which is rediculous because the move is an 8 at least, that's why I say at least RENT the blu-ray, it would be so much more worth it. 

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