Uno, Dos, Tres, IRON MEN 3!!
TONY STARK (Robert Downey Jr) is tied up without the IRONMAN suit and is stripped of accessories. Tony’s DORA THE EXPLORER watch beeps incessantly on the table. Guard1 (Stephen L. Cohen) picks it up. Tony: Careful there that’s a limited edition watch…break it you bought it. (steps on it and crushes it) Bad guy1: I guess I bought it.
Tony: OK that wasn’t mine to give away that belonged to a friend’s sister and that’s why I’m gonna kill you first. Guard: What are you gonna do to me you’re zip tied to a bed? Tony: This…(flips both hands open and nothing happens) Guards laugh. Tony: trust me you’re going to be in a pool of your own blood in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1! Haaaa! (nothing happens) Guard: How did we get this shift? Tony: I’m gonna give you a chance to escape. Put down your weapons tie yourselves to those chairs. I’ll let you live. In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1! Bang you should be gone by now. (Nothing happens) Guard2 (Mark Kubr): We are beyond terrified. Tony: Here it comes, 3, 4…! Guard1: Shuuut uuup!
The IRON MAN glove comes flying through the window and attaches itself to Tony’s hand and instantly stuns both guards. Another piece of IRON Man suit comes flying through the window, a right boot. Tony is wildly floating in the air unbalanced with only one jet boot and one glove firing repulsor rays. Tony asks himself, “Where’s the rest?” dozens of bad guys storm into the room.
Before anything else, watch out for a number of cinemas copying the 3D package of drinks and popcorn. I made the mistake of going to the nearest mall and was sorely disappointed. I got used to the comfy, thick padded chairs that lift up your feet in Newport Cinemas in Resort’s World. The popcorn and choice of drinks in EASTWOOD City Mall were also generous. So when I went to another mall and got half the popcorn and drinks, it was irritating. 3D quality could have also been way better; it might as well have been 2D. Lucky China Town Mall would also be a great choice for those in downtown Manila. If you’re in Manadaluyong / EDSA, you can’t go wrong with Shang Rila Plaza mall with its new EAST Wing which will also have new cinemas.
Action sequences just get wilder and more explosive with each installment of this franchise, this tops them all. Remarkably IRON MAN 3 is the sequel that shows the humanity and frailty of Tony Stark played by no less than Robert Downey Jr. Among all the MARVEL heroes, its Robert’s humor and panache that seems to beat out all other super heroes. That includes THOR’s Chris Hemsworth and Captain America’s Chris Evans.
In spite of all the incredible high tech sequences, the film manages to highlight the human factor, not the gadgets. That’s where Robert Downey’s performance comes in. He’s not the fearless and invincible super hero. He has to deal with his own fears and traumas especially with someone who went through so much in THE AVENGERS.
We always see Tony in his advanced laboratory talking to JARVIS whose voice happens to be Paul Bettany (of PREIST, BEAUTIFUL MIND and LEGION). His undeniable British accent and voice is perfect for the smart ass android. Older fans would appreciate Tony going into MacGyver mode. He has to be able to make use of materials on hand to defeat the enemy, a terrorist called the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). Sir Ben who has been knighted just happens to be another Brit who has an even more prestigious character list- GANDHI, SCHINDLER’S LIST and HUGO among others.
Gwyneth Paltrow is more central to this sequel. AND YES I wholeheartedly agree with PEOPLE magazine proclaiming her as the most beautiful Woman in the World. In spite of the negative reaction on the web, a lot of fans already agreed with that title way before the magazine cover came out. Others hate her for being so annoyingly perfect. She’s been an adopted daughter of Talavera De la Reina, in Toledo, Spain. She is fluent in both Spanish and French, had a hit song with Huey Lewis and puts up with Tony’s ego! Her character Pepper Potts actually, finally gets to wear the IRON MAN suit here. There may be a possibility in future sequels for her to not only wear her own suit but become a super hero as well.
Don Cheadle as Col. James Rhodes gets to show far better fighting skills than Tony Stark without the suit. Rhodes is not just a sidekick in another IRON MAN unit. His is actually called IRON MAN PATRIOT, wearing the red white blue stripes. It’s the unit that Tony donated to the U.S. government with Col. Rhodes as ‘pilot’. Fans will also fall in love with Ty Simpkins as the young kid Harley who aids Tony in his hour of need.
A great casting choice for me is William Sadler as U.S. President Ellis. For most of his roles he is the antagonist, that’s why it’s intriguing to see him as one of the good guys. He can be extraordinarily creepy. My favorite among them is Kenneth Braun in KINSEY opposite Liam Neeson who’s character literally wrote one of the most comprehensive and earliest, scientifically written books on sex, “Sexual Behavior in the Human Male”. Sadler was able to portray the ultimate pervert; in the book his character was called X because no one can exceed his mind-boggling depravity.
While for most of the film there was a stronger emphasis on the human side Tony, there’s A LOT to crow about for comic book geeks and robot fanatics. There is a host of new IRON MAN suits / robot iterations that they can look out for. One is the JARVIS version where the android voice actually gets a cool IRON MAN robot version. The nomenclature of assigning ‘Mark’ to each new IRON MAN is something Canon camera loyalists will find familiar. The top models like the Canon 5D, 1D, 7D have the Mark II (and so forth) designation of succeeding models.
IRON MAN Mark 38 is a bigger wider, heavier version with 2 canons on both shoulders- heavy lifting suit code named IGOR, Mark 39- sub orbital / Gemini, Mark 40 Hyper velocity suit / Shotgun, Mark 33- enhanced energy suit / Silver Centurion.
Watch all of these new IRON MEN collide with human torches in this latest action packed sequel. All that action and effects really DO need 3D with extra popcorn and soda. Resorts’ World Manila here I come.