IRON MAN 3
Overcoming Ghosts and Demons of Christmas Past
Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth
Paltrow, Dom Cheadle, Sir Ben
Kingsley, Guy Pearce, Ty
Simpkins, Rebecca Hall, Jon
Favreau, James Badge Dale,
Wiliam Sadler, and the voice
of Paul Bettany
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 130 minutes
Distributor: Marvel/Walt Disney Company
Director: Shane Black
Executive Producer: Jon Favreau, Louis
Newirth, Victoria Alonso,
Stephen Broussard, Alan Fine,
Stan Lee, Dan Mintz
Producer: Kevin Feige
Writer: Drew Pearce, Shane Black
Address Comments To:Robert Iger, President/CEO, The Walt Disney Company (Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures)
Alan Horn, Chairman, Walt Disney Studios
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
Phone: (818) 560-1000
The move opens with billionaire Tony Stark saying he created his own “demons” back in New year’s Eve on 1999 when he failed to listen to a young nerdy man’s business proposal. Thirteen years later, that man, named Aldrich Killian, has become a wealthy military contractor. Worse, he’s placed a new weapon at the disposal of a global terrorist called the Mandarin.
One of the Mandarin’s new human bombs puts Tony’s friend, Happy, in a coma during the Christmas holidays. Tony challenges the Mandarin to come after him personally. Tony’s own hubris, however, also endangers his girlfriend, Pepper’s, life. They barely escape the Mandarin’s all-out attack on their fancy Malibu home.
Now, Tony finds himself stranded in a small Tennessee town, with only a young boy and an unreliable Iron Man prototype to help him. Tony has to rely on his instincts and ingenuity to stop Killian and the Mandarin, including their demonic henchmen.
The story in IRON MAN 3 is very well structured. The characters are also very well developed, with all of them undergoing their own striking character arcs. Besides the exciting non-stop action, IRON MAN 3 also has lots of heart. The scenes between Tony Stark and the young boy are heartwarming. Even better, the franchise finally finds some good subplots for major supporting characters like Tony’s girlfriend Pepper, his buddy Col. Rhodes, and his friend, Happy. Of course, Robert Downey, Jr., is once again superb as the heroic Tony Stark aka Iron Man. Ben Kingsley and Guy Pearce make wonderful villains as the cold-hearted Mandarin and the fiery Aldrich Killian.
Screenwriter Shane Black (LETHAL WEAPON and THE LAST ACTION HERO) gets to direct IRON MAN 3 as well as co-write the script. Interestingly, IRON MAN 3 marks about the fourth or fifth time that Black has set one of his stories around Christmas. He admitted at a recent press conference MOVIEGUIDE® attended that he was reluctant, at first, to set this new movie during Christmas, but he was convinced to do it when he found some ways to integrate the holiday into his story and script. In essence, he said, the story for IRON MAN 3 is partly a nod to Charles Dickens’ CHRISTMAS CAROL. Thus, the demonic villains in IRON MAN 3 represent the “ghosts (and demons) of Christmas Past” that come back to haunt the hero and his girlfriend.
What lessons does the hero, like Scrooge, learn through his ordeal?
Well, you’ll have to go see the movie and find out. Suffice it to say, however, that the personal demons the hero must face in IRON MAN 3 make for a wild, fun ride at the movies. That said, IRON MAN 3 does have plenty of mostly light foul language, lots of intense action violence and mayhem, and some bedroom references. Thus, caution is advised.
The story in IRON MAN 3 is well structured. All the main characters, including the two villains, undergo their own striking character arcs. Besides the exciting non-stop action and witty dialogue, IRON MAN 3 also has lots of heart. The hero undergoes a baptism of water and fire where he’s forced to confront the personal demons he’s created. IRON MAN 3 is a fun, wild ride, but caution is required for some of its content.