“A famous man once said, ‘We create our own demons.’ Who said that? What does that even mean? Doesn’t matter. I said it ’cause he said it.”
I freaking love Iron Man 3.
Yeah, I normally declare my feelings after a lead-in to the review but I just love this film.
Bombastic fun and a vehicle for the charisma and charm that is Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man 3 is the cherry on top for the King of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
But let’s take it back to the beginning.
Plagued with worry and insomnia since saving New York from destruction, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), now, is more dependent on the suits that give him his Iron Man persona — so much so that every aspect of his life is affected, including his relationship with Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow).
After a malevolent enemy known as the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) reduces his personal world to rubble, Tony must rely solely on instinct and ingenuity to avenge his losses and protect the people he loves.
After the announcement of Shane Black taking over Direction after the implied failure of Iron Man 2, fans were beyond excited.
Of course the film was riding the coattails of The Avengers, but it needed some chutzpah to really pump up the MCU’s success as a thing that was entirely planned and not just luck.
So getting the guy who wrote Lethal Weapon 1 and 2, along with directing the critically-acclaimed Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was probably pretty smart.
That, and his already well-established working relationship with Downey sent this into the stratosphere.
And it shows, boy does it show.
Bringing the man out of the suit and walking him through a Detective story that shifts between destruction, small-town intrigue, nationwide terrorism and PTSD; It allows the man to become as impressive as the highly-advanced armor he wears.
A supporting cast that’s full of name and talent, Iron Man 3 is the film that gives literal meaning to Tony Stark’s purpose moving forward;
He is Iron Man.