Iron Man 3 (2013)

Iron Man 3
Director: Shane Black
Writer: Drew Pearce, Shane Black
Based on: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck and Jack Kirby‘s comic
Sequel to: Iron Man, Iron Man 2 [here are all my Iron Man reviews]
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, Jon Favreau, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, William Sadler, Miguel Ferrer and [SPOILER] Mark Ruffalo
Part of: Marvel movies

Plot:
After the events in The Avengers, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is at least as shook up as his entire worldview. He tries to deal with things by tinkering around with his Iron Man suits but he doesn’t really get anywhere with it. In the meantime, a terrorist keeps setting off bombs and they aren’t close to finding him yet. In a bad mood, Tony challenges him and gives him his home address. And suddenly things get very personal indeed.

Iron Man 3 was very enjoyable and entertaining and far from being as dark as the trailer made it seem. I did have a couple of issues with it, but mostly it’s a wonderful continuation of the series.

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Re-Watch: Iron Man (2008) + Iron Man 2 (2010)

Iron Man / Iron Man 2
Director: Jon Favreau
Writer: Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway / Justin Theroux
Based on: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck and Jack Kirby‘s comic
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard / Don Cheadle, Jeff Bridges, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, John Slattery, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Bettany, Jon Favreau
Part of: Marvel movies
[Here are my other reviews.]

Plot:
Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is the kind of guy Bruce Wayne always pretends to be: Rich, constantly drunk, an ass. Now take away the social consciousness of Bruce Wayne and add “manufactures weapons” and technical genius and you know Tony Stark.
That changes pretty drastically when he’s abducted in Iraq and forced to build a rocket for a group of terrorists. Instead of building what they ask for, he builds a hightech suit of armour and makes himself a superhero on the way. But becoming a superhero doesn’t come without its costs.

I guess since it’s not the first time that I’m watching the films, nobody will be surprised when I say that I like them. And I really do.

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Iron Man 2 (2010)

Iron Man 2 is the newest movie by Jon Favreau, starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and the voice of Paul Bettany.

Plot:
Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is pretty much drunk on power since announcing to the world that he was Iron Man. Well, mostly drunk on alcohol, but also on power. Which means he makes even more of an ass of himself than usual. Sometimes to good, but mostly to catastrophic effect. That’s the moment Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) chooses to leave Russia and avenge his father, who was deported because of Tony’s father, by humiliating and ultimately destroying Tony.

The plot, it is weak in this one. But apart from that, Iron Man 2 is as much fun as Iron Man was. Which is to say – a whole damn lot. Again it’s the cast that shines, especially the villains and Robert Downey Jr. If you liked the first one for what it was, you’re going to like this one as well.

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Re-Watch: Iron Man (2008)

In preparation for the new film [which I’ll review tomorrow], deadra and me went and watched Iron Man again. It was directed by Jon Favreau and stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges and the voice of Paul Bettany. [I kinda reviewed it here, though that review can be summed up with “film = fun, Robert Downey Jr. = hot.” Which still holds true, btw.]

Plot:
Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is the kind of guy Bruce Wayne always pretends to be: Rich, constantly drunk, an ass. Now take away the social consciousness of Bruce Wayne and add “manufactures weapons” and technical genius and you know Tony Stark.
That changes pretty drastically when he’s abducted in Iraq and forced to build a rocket for a group of terrorists. Instead of building what they ask for, he builds a hightech suit of armour and makes himself a superhero on the way.

Iron Man is fun. It does a good job of setting up Tony Stark and his world, it has fine jokes and it keeps you engaged. It is not a “wonder of modern filmmaking” but it works mighty fine and entertains you on the way. I hadn’t re-watched it since I saw it in the cinema, but it can hold its own during a second examination as well.

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So Unlike Me

Yesterday was Movie Time! I finally got around to seeing Iron Man. (Ok, that is still like me, I’ll let you know, when it’s not anymore.)

There where cool trailers before the movie. (One of the trends that majorly piss me off, is that they show about 10 minutes of advertisement for cell phones and against video piracy and then – if you’re lucky – they show you one trailer. Not this time…) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which I’m very excited about. The Happening, which sounds interesting but as it’s a M. Night Shyamalan film after about 5 minutes there will be the first obvious plot “twist” and it will continue to “surprisingly twist” its way and steal 2 hours of my life, if I actually decide to watch it. But goddammit, he has good trailers. And some other trailer I enjoyed but can’t for the life of me recall right now. [Edit: It was Hancock. I really hope that film will be all it promises to.]  [This is all still like me.]

Anyway, Iron Man was great. Although not the most creative or innovative film ever (at least plot-wise), the story’s good, the acting very good [Jeff Bridges hasn’t played that well since The Big Lebowski] and the A.I. soooooooooooooooooooo cute. [And I knew that I knew Jarvis’ voice.]

And here’s the turning point.

At that exact moment I stopped being myself and started thinking “Oh WOW, Robert Downey Jr. is frigging hot!” Not that I don’t think about guys that way, but Robert Downey Jr.? He’s a deadra kind of guy. Not that that’s a bad thing, it’s just usually the opposite of my taste.

It even came to the point where I began pondering about who’s gonna be hotter in The Incredible HulkEdward Norton or Robert Downey Jr. This should not be happening.