Posts Tagged ‘Iron Man 3


Poll: Film Most Interested in this Summer


Iron Man 3


We’ve all heard that there are no certainties in life, except death and taxes.   Well, as true as that may have been back when first coined, in today’s world, that phrase is in serious need of revision. Because another, almost guaranteed event is that every year, during the summer months, Hollywood rolls out their big, blockbuster films.  Whether it’s the newest Will Smith actioner, the latest installment of the Transformer series or something else with a $200 million budget, they all begin appearing at the multiplexes.  We have now reached that special time of year as evidenced by the release of the latest Iron Man film, Iron Man 3, starring Robert Downey Jr.

Iron Man 3 begins with our wealthy, playboy hero, Tony Stark (Downey Jr.), at a party in the arms of a woman in Switzerland in 1999.  As Stark and his beautiful companion enter the elevator to retire to their room, Stark is approached by a shady and unkempt character spouting on about some new scientific discovery he has made.  In typical Tony Stark fashion, he brazenly ignores the man and his findings.  Flash forward 14 years to today and we find our hero questioning whether it’s the man or the suit that makes Iron man as he suffers from panic attacks and lack of sleep because of events that occurred in last summer’s The Avenger’s film.

We also learn Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) is now primarily running Stark industries, leaving Tony Stark to tinker with his toys in his laboratory at home.  One day, Pepper has a meeting with Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), he professes to have created the latest and greatest piece of technology. Soon after an individual simply calling himself, The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), takes responsibility for several deadly terrorist acts and promises more until his demands are met.  Tony Stark must overcome his psychological problems,

The acting in the film is very similar to the two previous films in the Iron Man series and the rest of the Marvel films.  Downey Jr. brings his trademark wit and wry sense of humor that we’ve all come to know.  Ben Kingsley is a treat as the film’s dark, menacing villain. The film does the audience a disservice because Kingsley’s screen time is astonishingly scarce. However, he’s able to make the most of what he’s given.  The only real ineffective performance in the film is Pearce. He appears to be trying to imitate Javier Bardem’s character as the villain in Skyfall and doesn’t work and is at times, laughably bad.

The story is pretty run-of-the-mill for the comic book film genre. There are several plot holes, but the biggest irritant is that the story’s set up took too long. It’s also way too long at 2 ½ hours.  However, the aforementioned problems are forgiven because of several unforeseen twists.

Does Iron Man 3 entertain? Yes. Is it worth seeing? Probably, if just for all of the Tony Stark’s little quips and gadgets.  Also, you’ll want to stay until the credits are over.


Most Anticipated of ’13


As one year ends, another one begins and with it comes a whole slate of films. Like every year, many will be bad, a few will be good and even fewer will be great. So here are the ten most anticipated films of 2013.


10. Lone Survivor– An actioner starring Mark Wahlberg about a SEAL team sent to capture or kill an infamous Taliban leader.  Based on the success of Shooter, should be a good time.


9. Elysium – Usually when you combine Matt Damon and action you can’t go wrong.  Throw in a talented cast that includes Jodie Foster and you probably have a winner.


8. Lone Ranger – Johnny Depp has a chameleon-like ability to disappear into whatever role he takes and when you find out it’s directed by the Pirates of the Caribbean director, this one should be interesting.


7.  Iron Man 3 – Tony Stark is back for what should be another exciting, thrilling chapter to the Iron Man story. Definitely looking forward to this one.


6.  Red 2 – The first Red film was such a good time packed with action and hilarity with a great cast, Red 2 promises to be great.


5.  Hangover 3 After a second film that was basically a carbon copy of the first one, should be interesting to see what new insanity Alan, Phil, Stu, and Doug get themselves into when the story ventures into new territory.


4. The Internship- An interesting and intriguing story line and add the talents of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, makes it one of the most anticipated.  Should be Wedding Crashers like or better.


3. Identity Thief- When you have Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman, who are on top of their game and the director of the insanely funny Horrible Bosses, this one should deliver the funny.

2.  A Good Day to Die Hard- The iconic, John McClane makes his return.  The best action film franchise ever, should make up for the disappointing Live Free or Die Hard.


1.  Anchorman: The Legend Continues – The Channel 4 news team makes it highly anticipated return looking to recreate the comedic genius that was Anchorman.  This one should be great!



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