Before I begin my review, I will admit that I have never seen Iron Man or Iron Man 2. I have, however, seen The Avengers, and read way too many fanfics concerning said Avengers (ahem, one of my OTPs may or may not be Tony Stark X Steve Rogers / Iron Man X Captain America / Stony / whatever you want to call them).
And so, I was super excited to see Iron Man 3.
Set at Christmas time, Iron Man 3 tells the story of Tony Stark and a terrorist known as “The Mandarin”, an unlikely relic from his pre-Iron Man days.
The movie is a lot more (according to a fan who I went to see it with) fantasy based than the previous two. As in, the main villains are weird mutant-y humans that even after viewing I still don’t completely understand. The conflict really didn’t interest me that much (I found the characterisation much more fascinating, but that’s just me), but I still thoroughly enjoyed the film.
One of my favourite parts of the film was how utterly human they made Tony. To my delight, one of the major issues he had to deal with throughout the movie was anxiety. As in, not being worried, but suffering from an actual anxiety disorder. As someone who suffers from a crippling anxiety disorder, it was so brilliant to see such a major superhero dealing with such a real issue. Iron Man can’t always save the day. Sometimes he has to curl up in a ball and remember how to breathe. Nobody is invincible.
The minor characters really made the film amazing. From Harley, a young boy who discovers Tony in his garage, to the fanboy news van operator who had Tony’s face tattooed on his arm, they brought brilliant humour and diversity to the movie. British Trevor was another hit, but I can’t tell you too much about him without spoiling most of the film.
It’s possibly because of all the fanfiction I’ve read, and because I haven’t seen the first two films, but I really dislike the character of Pepper. That said, Gwenyth Paltrow has a rocking body. Talk about abs that inspire you to hit the gym!
The ending was interesting, and sparked a discussion as to where Iron Man’s story can go next. Again, I don’t want to spoil anything for you, but it’s a pretty major change to the character as we’ve come to know him.
Overall, I sincerely enjoyed the film. The characterisation was brilliant, it was amusing, and managed to capture my attention for the entire duration (something rare in films these days!). It’s inspired me to go back and watch the first two films (and then catch up on all the other Avenger films I’m yet to see – aka all of them. I know.), and then delve right into all the fanfic. Even if it’s just to erase Pepper from my brain.
Iron Man 3 is out now at cinemas across Australia. I sincerely recommend seeing it in 3D.
frangipani princess xoxo