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Iron Man 3 (2013)

So continues other comic book franchise on the big screen. It seems like the norm these days is if a movie can make $150 million domestically, sequel after sequel will continue to be made. I understand that. It makes sense. However, it doesn't mean that I have to continue to support the franchise even if I considered the first movie in the series to be awesome. Most times I will give the series the benefit of the doubt if I like the first one. While I loved Iron Man, Iron Man 2 wasn't nearly as great because the wow factor had been eliminated. It was still a fine super hero movie, but I never felt like what I was watching was anything special. Such is the case with Iron Man 3. It is a very entertaining movie, but as will be the case with the almost certain Iron Man 4, Iron Man 5, etc., that special originality feature that comes with every first movie in a series will be eliminated. So while I appreciate that attempts to make Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, etc. entertaining movies, I won't have much feeling other than been there/done that. I expect that I will like each new movie in the series a little bit less than the preview. That has certainly been the case thus far.

The story isn't terrible. It's actually a pretty easy story line to follow and one that I, mostly, liked. Aldrich Killian (Guy Pierce - Memento, The Count of Monte Cristo) is the mastermind of a company called Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM). Some 13 years earlier, Killian approached Tony Start (Robert Downey Jr. - Sherlock Holmes, Chaplin) hoping to secure the millionaire as an investor. Stark promises to meet with him, but instead blows him off so he can have a one night stand with a young botanist named Maya (Rebecca Hall - The Awakening, The Prestige). Maya at the time was in the process of researching a technology in which DNA could reproduce limbs of plants that had been ripped off of an experimental plant. The technology isn't perfect though. While it can regrow leaves and stems, there is no mechanism in place to keep it from eventually exploding.

Fast forward back to present day and we find Stark/Iron Man dealing with some personal problems. He has started developing anxiety attacks and is also unable to sleep. He keeps himself occupied with his Iron Man technology. Specifically, Stark is designing a suit that can be operated remotely. Meanwhile Pepper Potts (Gwyenth Paltrow - Shakespeare In Love, Sliding Doors) is meeting with Killian at Stark Industries. Killian has essentially does what Maya's does except for regrowing stems and leaves on plants, it regrows limbs on human beings. He has something new he would like to Potts and Stark.  Even though Potts is wowed by Killian's presentation (which involves being able to isolate and empower certain parts of the human brain), the technology frightens her. She believes that the technology could get in the wrong hands and could be used as a weapon. She turns down the opportunity to fund Killian.

Killian's technology is incorporated in a program called Extremis.  The Extremis program is an experimental treatment intended to allow people to recreate their limbs and recover from all types of debilitating injuries. However, if the user's body can't accept the Extremis treatment, they will turn bright red, heat up and explode into pieces. Herein lies the need to get funded. With the proper funding, Killian knows he can be as rich as Tony Stark. However, he also sees the opportunity to use the people who aren't able to accept the treatment as human bombs. This is where the terrorist scenario (which is a spoiler so I won't talk about it) comes in.

The Iron Man series is no Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight series, but it really is the next best thing. Downey plays his superhero character as well as any actor out there. There probably will come a day where he isn't Iron Man (whether it be in the franchise or in The Avengers series), but I can't see anyone else in that role. I like the Toby Maguire Spider-Man franchise, but the third one was such a disaster. I think Black did his due diligence to make sure that doesn't happen with his franchise. However, Iron Man 3 was clearly the weakest of the three. Once again, that can be attributed to it lacking the wow factor.

I wasn't the biggest fan of the story. I liked how Stark was dealing with some personal issues. I liked the advancements in the Iron Man technology. I didn't like the "villain". A person being able to essentially turn into a fireball? Kind of lame. But, we all know this movie isn't trying to win any awards. It's trying to make a buck. And a buck it will make. It's highly entertaining and there's nobody out there who is plays a superhero better than Downey does Iron Man. Unless it ends up being a bad movie year, Iron Man 3 won't finish in my Top 10. Nonetheless, I'm glad I saw it. It did what it was intended to do. It held my interest and entertained me and has my looking forward to the next installment in the series.

Plot 8/10
Character Development 8/10
Character Chemistry 8/10
Acting 8.5/10
Screenplay 8.5/10
Directing  9/10
Cinematography 9/10
Sound 9/10
Hook and Reel 9/10
Universal Relevance 7/10

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