Iron Man 3 Blu-ray Review
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: Does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
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- Gag Reel
- Deleted & Extended Scenes
- Audio Commentary—With Drew Pearce & Shane Black
I think I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Iron Man (and the other Avengers). Last year I was invited to attend the premiere for Marvel’s The Avengers in NYC and met a few of the stars. Though I didn’t officially meet Robert Downy Jr., I did see him at the premiere and he walked right by me at the Trump Hotel. I’ve been anxiously anticipating the release of Iron Man 3 and it did not disappoint!
At the beginning of the movie, we see a flashback to New Year’s Eve 1999…remember Y2K? It’s there he mets a strange scientist by the name of Aldrich Killian in the elevator. Mr. Killian offers him a job with his company and Tony says he’ll meet him on the rooftop of the hotel in 20 minutes, but then never does. He’ll come into play later on the movie.
Fast forward to present day. The film starts off “after New York” which they refer to a few times in the movie. This refers to after what transpired in Marvel’s The Avengers where Iron Man and friends save the world. Tony is back at his mansion on the cliff in Malibu tinkering away on his inventions. He’s still with Pepper, who is working for company, Stark Industries.
There’s a series of bombings and hostage takings and The Mandarin claims responsibility. Tony is on a mission to find out more about The Mandarin and to put a stop to his terrorism once and for all.
There’s a lot of action scenes and many spots where I was holding my breath to see what would happen. It was particularly scary when the Mandarin sets his sights on Tony’s mansion on the cliff and attacks it with people still inside. I was hoping Tony would make it out ok and figured he would since the movie had just started, but it was still very intense!
Another particularly intense scene was Tony fighting one of the Mandarin’s creations in a small town in Tennessee. Tony was there investigating an older bomb attack that he thought was linked to the Mandarin. That scene reminded me a bit of the Terminator where this person (who was not really a person though) was hunting down Tony and he had to fight them off.
I liked that the movie showed the more human side to Iron Man. It was touching to watch him interact with a boy he met while in Tennessee. The boy ended up saving him a few times too! Tony also began suffering from anxiety attacks after everything he had been through. I could relate to him there especially since I also have anxiety attacks. I know how debilitating they can be. It just reminded me that Iron Man is a person too.
Of course, there’s Iron Man humour which I know and love. Sprinkled between the intense action scenes were funny one-liners by Iron Man. I also laughed at the scene where Tony discovers the Mandarin’s true identity. I certainly did not see that coming!
My daughter, Bridget, turns 9 next month and she’s a HUGE Iron Man fan. Though there are some intense action scenes, I think it would be ok for her to watch. I guess it would depend on the child though. For her, I would feel comfortable letting her watch Iron Man 3. She’s been anxiously anticipating it’s release for months too!