Thursday, December 17, 2015

12 Days of Movie Reviews: Iron Man 3

Day 4 of the 12 Days of Movie Reviews is upon us, and today we will be talking about one of Marvel Studio's highest grossing films, the threequel to the film that started it all...IRON MAN 3.

The first time I watched Iron Man 3 I was a little turned off by the whole Mandarin twist.  However, in subsequent viewings, I have grown to really enjoy what they did with this film.  And hopefully, we'll actually get a chance to see the real Mandarin in the future MCU.

For those of you who don't know, Iron Man 3 takes place after the events of The Avengers, and Tony Stark is having a hard time coping with what happened in New York.  In the meantime, The Mandarin has vowed to make America suffer at his hand and an old acquaintance has developed something very dangerous which puts Tony's life and the lives of those he loves at risk.

My favorite part of this film is Tony's interaction with the young boy, Harley.  Their banter is amazing, especially since the kid is so young.  It's nice to see he can keep up with RDJ.  I also really love Pepper Potts in this film.  She is one of the few superhero love interests that I really enjoy seeing.  She's smart, sexy, and badass.  What more could you ask for?

What Makes It Christmasy?

Well, several of Shane Black's films, this one is set during Christmastime.  Also, during Tony's initial test run for the Mark 42 armor, he puts on some Christmas music.  As Tony is stranded in Tennessee, there is a scene which involves the Miss Chattanooga Christmas pageant, which is also where we get our much anticipated Stan Lee cameo.  And my favorite is when Tony sees a young boy with glasses, he references the classic holiday movie, A Christmas Story.

This film was a perfect starting point for Marvel's Phase 2, and I am very excited to see how Phase 3 will be.

The Merc's Score:  7.5/10

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