‘Iron Man 3’: The man, the myth, the legend of Tony Stark

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Pepper Potts, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, is a strong point of “Iron Man 3,” making the temporary defeat of Iron Man even more visceral and saddening. Her relationship to Downey’s character is dynamic and will surely have you rooting them on to the finish.

Elizabeth Freda, Reporter

Before I continue this review, I should get something off my chest: I have never seen an Iron Man movie before. Granted, I’ve seen “The Avengers” and know the general background, but I still feel it’s something I should confess to all of you.

Now that you know the truth, let’s get to the review. Overall, “Iron Man 3” was completely fantastic. I had to see it in 3-D (which makes me mildly nauseated) because the regular show was sold out. Paying for 3-D is never worth it, nor was it anything spectacular for this movie because special effects were scarce, and it didn’t feel like much more than a regular movie screening. However, “Iron Man 3” did have incredible graphics that made the impossible come to life.

The movie starts off with a flashback to 1999, as Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.) recalls the demons he created in his younger years. This gives the audience enough background to understand the plot, which I greatly appreciated. From there, we follow Stark’s intense personal vendetta against the international terrorist The Mandarin.

I found the plot suspenseful and thrilling, and, looking around the theater, I ascertained that everyone else felt the same. The movie involves the perfect amount of sci-fi to add mystery and creativity to the film, while keeping the plot comprehensible.

I appreciated the development of Downey Jr.’s character the most. Stark is arrogant, oblivious and vengeful, yet he still manages to make you love his charm, intelligence and humor. The idea of Stark living without his Iron Man suits is bounced around throughout the film, and I loved his coming to terms with the concept of being his own man. Stark also grows a lot in his relationships with other people and constantly manages to pull through for those around him, against all odds.

Another strong point of the film is Stark’s relationship with Pepper Potts (played by Gwyneth Paltrow). Stark and Potts have a tumultuous relationship, yet it acts as a driving force in the film. Theirs is a plot line the audience can get behind and cheer on to the finish. Potts’ character also develops greatly over the course of the film, as she learns to compromise and experience the power of her own strength.

Aldrich Killian, the villain of the film portrayed by Guy Pearce, rounds off the trifecta of main characters that drive “Iron Man 3.” Pearce’s character perhaps undergoes the most intriguing transformation. His transition from the quiet, nerdy type to a supervillain was one of both physical and mental transformations that left me surprised and excited for what is to come.

“Iron Man 3” is a great film, particularly in its intricate character development and gripping plot. The graphics were realistic and detailed and the characters well thought out. It is a great addition to Marvel’s existing films and will be one Marvel fans can re-watch in the future to equal impact and enjoyment. The ending left just enough to the imagination and room for another sequel — one I will be just as excited to see.

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