Thanks to proper ad placement, good updates through the online community and of course good ol' Fandango, I happened to feast my eyes on the latest Iron Man movie to hit the silver screen today, May 3rd. If the trailers were anything to believe, we could see all of the suits that Tony made (with clear detail for only a decent handful) as well as a set of ten rings, a healthy nod to the appearance of the Mandarin... as well as a bevy of explosions that came off as a bit Michael Bay-esque.
Past the trailer, the movie itself was honestly a great production, though due to the lack of time it's been out, I'll leave out any spoilers. After a short monologue, the movie starts by playing Eiffel 65's "Blue" as we get a flashback of Tony at a New Year's party being, well... Tony Stark. The events that take place serve as a weighty foundation for the basis of what's to come. It's in this early arc we also find that the Avengers movie is actually regarded as a canon plot point and otherwise and.. well, I'll bite my tongue and leave it at that.
In regards to the story, it was really well developed and had a couple points that were a tad bit on the roundabout side, but was otherwise steel-clad through and through. There were some continuity issues that came to mind, though didn't seem to stand out as anything terribly noteworthy. That aside, the elements of tackling fear and coming to action were played in a no-nonsense manner and once the ball got rolling, the rest of the movie just felt like one fluid experience. Paired with Robert Downy Jr.'s snide attitude, snarky mannerisms and sarcastic quips, the movie seemed to be the culmination of everything that is Iron Man.
For the sake of not being a spoiler-giving jerk, I won't go much more into the plot, but after the events of the Avengers, Tony gets a little... manic with the tinkering. From the beginning of the film, we see that he's currently up to his 42nd Suit and while he has found ideal uses for each suit such as a Disaster Rescue Suit, codenamed "Red Snapper" (Mk 35) or a Heavy Lifting Suit named "Igor" (Mk 38). I won't delve in much further, But the designs for everything he had been working on to the point of the movie was visually stunning and I wish they were able to showcase more than a handful of designs in full detail on the Iron Man Facebook page.
All in all, the movie was amazing and I would actually pay to go see it again... hopefully with a quieter audience. Personal complaint aside, I thought the film was absolutely great and I would wholeheartedly recommend it off to any movie goer, Marvel fans especially. The movie doesn't delve much into the past, but does do a lovely montage at the end with bits and pieces from each of the three movies. As a viewer, I would recommend watching the previous Iron Man movies and the Avengers to "get in the mood" so to speak, but as a standalone film, it was great. Check it out in theaters!
Reviewed by: Kaz
Reviewer Rating: 4.75/5