Iron Man 3 (2013) connects on a more personal level
I was hesitant about going to watch Iron Man 3. In fact, I avoided the premier even though screening in Port Moresby was a week before the States. But when I did finally go and see it, I was a bit shocked and surprised at it had more substance than the previous installment.
In Iron Man 3, the third installment of the series, our egoistic protagonist is attacked on a very personal level and has to rely on more than his iron suit. This gives us a more personal experience which connected well with me. I also noted the stark contrast between the old Tony and the new and improved.
The beginning of the film takes us back to 1999, on the eve of New Year, when a flamboyant, womanizing young Stark gives a scientist the run around and tells him to wait on the roof.
Fast forward to the future and that scientist is now the ghost head of a terrorist organisation threatening to destroy the United States. He also has super powers.
Now this makes it different from the previous installments There were not supernatural powers, only pure science. However, the events in The Avengers paved way for the smooth introduction of supernatural powers and unknown forces into the series.
The visual cues in this film were also brilliant. The new Iron Man suit clearly depicted the protagonist’s personality – new but unsure and “unready for combat.” At the same time Stark suddenly has anxiety issues – something foreign to the ever confident mechanic. However, it’s towards the ending that is more stunning.
The deployment of several automated Iron Man suits also represents the complexity of his personal character, and the battle is not only between himself and the equally egoistic antagonist played by Guy Pearce, but also a reflection of his inner turmoil.
It was also a good reminder of seeing the harder side of Pepper who actually gets to save Tony’s life.
Overall, I found Iron Man 3 to a bit more entertaining than the last one and was able to relate well with the story and character.
If this is the end of the series then they have done a marvelous job and went out with a loud bang (and fireworks).