Iron Man 3 – May 3rd (US), Out Now in the UK
With Iron Man 3 topping box offices around the globe over the weekend, including on our own shores here in the UK, the film will finally be heading into US theatres this Friday, and things couldn’t be looking better.
Shane Black has done an amazing job taking over the helm from Jon Favreau for the sequel, with the movie marking a brilliant opening to Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Joss Whedon truly raised the bar with last year’s game-changing The Avengers, and the expectations were understandably high for Iron Man 3 this year. If you were worried that nothing could possibly live up to the standards set by Whedon’s goliath of a blockbuster, you can put those fears to rest. Because Black’s movie is immense.
Iron Man 3 is everything I wanted it to be, and more. It features the same level of explosive action we’ve come to expect from the studio (without recycling anything we’ve already seen), and cuts a perfect balance between the action, the comedy, and the more adult moments of romance. Truly, this is a movie that appeals to young and old alike, male and female alike.
Robert Downey, Jr. is of course front and centre once more as our hero, Iron Man. And he’s joined by a brilliant ensemble cast, with Gwyneth Paltrow taking a much more prominent leading role here as Pepper Potts. Don Cheadle gives another terrific turn as Rhodey, and Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, and Ben Kingsley complete the leading cast very nicely.
Much credit deserves to go to Black and Drew Pearce for co-writing such a fantastic script. Fuelled by action, it also strives to be, and is, something greater than your average blockbuster. We see Tony battling with the question of whether the man makes the suit or the suit makes the man. And it is utterly immense watching it all unfold. This has a guaranteed spot in my Top 10 Movies of the Year, and I’d be very surprised if it is absent from yours.
I cannot stress this enough: Go and see this movie! You will not regret it!