"My armor was never a distraction or a hobby, it was a cocoon, and now I'm a changed man. You can take away my house, all my tricks and toys, but one thing you can't take away - I am Iron Man." This is the essence of Iron Man 3. This superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Iron Man, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to Iron Man 2 (2010), and the seventh installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Shane Black directed a screenplay he co-wrote with Drew Pearce, which is based on the Extremis story arc by Warren Ellis. The film pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible.
After the release of Iron Man 2 in May 2010, Favreau decided not to return as director, and in February 2011 Black was hired to rewrite and direct the film. Throughout April and May of 2012, the film's supporting cast was filled out, with Kingsley, Pearce, and Hall brought in to portray key roles. Filming began on May 23, 2012 in Wilmington, North Carolina. The film was shot primarily in North Carolina, with additional shooting in Florida, China and Los Angeles.
Robert Downey, Jr. reprises his role as the title character, with Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, and Favreau reprising their roles as Pepper Potts, James Rhodes, and Happy Hogan, respectively. Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall and Ben Kingsley round out the film's principal cast. The film presented some solid, strong and comedic performances from the original cast members; Downey, Paltrow, Cheadle, and Favereau. In the mist of these great and solid performances, however... there are those performances that were either poorly performed or lacked so much in characterization. Pearce: even though he gave another chilling and villainous performance as Aldrich Killian, the creator of the Extremis virus, the founder of Advanced Idea Mechanics and the film's main antagonist. His performance felt the same old type of performance that I have already seen so many times, such as Peter Weyland in Prometheus (2012). Hall - even though her performance was solid enough, her performance lacked depth and characterization. But the most disappointing performance of all came from Sir Ben Kingsley, who portrayed The Mandarin. His performance lacked power to evoke, poorly portrayed, lacked characterization and, most of all, it lacked... authenticity from the original character.
Iron Man 3 somewhat feels rather soulless and is nothing but nearly all chases and no expositions. However, the Cartoonlike villains of the past have been replaced by more genuinely frightening ones led by Sir Ben Kingsley and Guy Pearce. To conclude, with a few more script touch-ups and more loyalty to its source material, it could have been the wildest and wittiest Iron Man of them all.
Simon says Iron Man 3 receives:
Also, see my review for The Avengers.