Mar 24, 2013

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Movies Must Seee: IRON MAN 3

Iron Man 3
Time: 2hrs 10mins                                                            3/5

Iron Man 3 has one spectacular twist that you certainly won’t see coming unless some spoilsport ruins it for you.

It’s clever, undeniably very funny and bears all the hallmarks of the film’s British co-writer, Drew Pearce.

But its presence poses two big questions – is the twist good enough to be properly transformative?

And does it rescue what lies either side of it, material that to my mind shows the Iron Man films – hitherto my favourite superhero franchise – exhibiting the first signs of rust?

Iron Man 3 is funny - very funny at times, at least once you've become re-attuned to Robert Downey Jr's mumbled, rapid-fire delivery - and it never forgets its comic-book originsIron Man 3 is funny – very funny at times, at least once you’ve become re-attuned to Robert Downey Jr’s mumbled, rapid-fire delivery – and it never forgets its comic-book origins

 

The answer will divide people but I’m going with ‘not quite’, having come to the conclusion that the Iron Man movies are on a gentle and, as yet, far from disastrous downward slide.

The first was outstanding, the second very good and now the third is merely good.

The real surprise is that it’s not a great deal worse, given that this is the first Iron Man film not to be directed by Jon Favreau and his replacement, Shane Black, has never directed a big-action picture before.

In fact, Black, best known as the writer of the Lethal Weapon films, has directed only one movie before, the rather good film-noir comedy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, released in 2005 and starring one Robert Downey Jr, whose career was then at a low ebb.

Three years later, the first Iron Man film changed everything for Downey and it’s good to see him not forgetting those who helped him back on to the path to global superstardom.

The result is a film that bucks the trend for superhero films getting darker with every outing.

Iron Man 3 is funny – very funny at times, at least once you’ve become re-attuned to Downey’s mumbled, rapid-fire delivery – and it never forgets its comic-book origins.

Gwyneth Paltrow used to set the screen alight with her provocative and alluring performance; here, she struggles to raise a sizzleGwyneth Paltrow used to set the screen alight with her provocative and alluring performance; here, she struggles to raise a sizzle

The finale, for instance, is undeniably spectacular but also rather silly. And yet, particularly early on, everything feels a little flat.

Black, who co-writes with Pearce and directs, may be delivering some funny lines, but he’s having trouble with pacing and injecting vim into the key relationship between billionaire industrialist Tony Stark (Downey Jr) and his chief executive and live-in girlfriend, Pepper Potts.

As the latter, Gwyneth Paltrow used to set the screen alight with her provocative and alluring performance; here, hampered by a screenplay that gives her more screen time but precious little to do until late on, she struggles to raise a sizzle. I suppose all couples go through phases like that.

It’s hard to tell whether recent events in the United States will have any impact on how films such as this are perceived, but there are unavoidable parallels.

For as the action gets properly under way, America is under attack from arch-villain the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), whose Chinese ancestry seems to have been forgotten in the rush to turn him into an Osama Bin Laden-style villain.

Initially, the Mandarin’s attacks are on American targets abroad, but when the explosive action switches to crowded tourists sites such as the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, you can’t help feeling blockbuster fiction and tragic real-life fact are getting a bit too close for comfort.

Walt Disney has spent a lot of money on consolidating the Iron Man franchise, buying Marvel Entertainment for $4billion in 2009 Walt Disney has spent a lot of money on consolidating the Iron Man franchise, buying Marvel Entertainment for $4billion in 2009

At least here Iron Man is around to set off in jet-propelled pursuit, once he’s paused to provide the press with the necessary soundbite – ‘There’s nothing political here; just good old-fashioned revenge.’

But should he be chasing the Mandarin or Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), the nerdy research scientist whom he rudely stood up a decade ago but who’s now back, bigger and better-dressed than before, and making bold business overtures to Pepper?

And should Pepper, for that matter, be worrying about Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall), the brilliant and beautiful botanist who seems terribly keen to show Tony her genetic research?

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/event/article-2314724/Iron-Man-3-review-Funny-great-twist–needs-little-polish.html#ixzz2RjBp11Fm