Written July 25, 2016
Do not expect a movie on par with the Avengers. Iron Man 3 in no way approaches the lofty bar set by that movie. IM3 isn't bad but didn't meet my expectations
IM3's plot combines the genetically engineered super soldiers of the "Extremis" comic arc with an arms dealer brokering war for profit while playing on the ever current events of terrorism. These scenarios are worn out on their own and don't get any better together. Tony Stark's Avengers's adventure initiated PTSD is thrown in for good measure.
IM3 showcases a linear, predictable plot against adversaries made unworthy by the movie's deviation from the comic. It also lacks attention to detail. Someone shouldn't emerge from a 3,000 degree explosion with perfectly pressed pants. The action is is well done but lacks creativity.
Robert Downey Jr's comedic timing is the true hero of this movie.
Watched in IMAX 3D. There is a scene after the (long) credits
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Written July 28, 2015
It was pretty good. Lots of action and big explosions which I like. A good number of the typical "Tony Stark wit and humor" laugh moments. They could have done a bit more plot development instead of leaning so heavily on the action. The end felt like a let down, though I can't place my finger on why.
Written August 25, 2016
IM3 was supposed to be the beginning of Phase 2 of the Avengers Initiative. Instead of starting off with a bang, I left the theater scratching my head wondering what went wrong. The action was there, the acting was there, the screenplay was fine, the visual effects were up to code, but this star didn't light up the way it was supposed to. Shane Black had a nice vision for what this movie could have been but I felt that he sacrificed continuity and the chance to make this saga as full circle as possible for the chance to just leave his own stamp on the "Iron Man" franchise. I was let down by this movie. I tried to like it, but somewhere, this movie lost its firepower and turned out to be a dud.
Written February 25, 2017
I am not a die hard comic reader, in fact I have never read a comic book in my life, but I still enjoy the marvel movies and have to take it at face value, since I have no prior history to base it on. After seeing the 3rd Iron Man movie, I have to say that I think it was the best one so far! So much great action and effects at every turn, and many things surprised me and caught me off guard. I did see this movie in 3D, and was slightly disappointed by the 3D graphics, but still, it was a great ride from start to finish.
Written February 25, 2017