I may have fibbed to a few people when I said I’d be doing a video review for this film. I apologize. I almost shot a video in my car moments after leaving the theater, but I was way too sleepy. Kudos to the theaters having earlier premieres than midnight. Some of us have work on Friday morning (that I almost slept through). But hey, this film declares summer is here!
IM3 picks up some time after last years mega hit The Avengers. Tony Stark is having serious anxiety problems, most of which stem from the events in that film. I say that so people who have admitted to me they haven’t seen IM1 or 2 can skip to Avengers just to get familiar with what’s going on so they can see this one. Anyway, besides Stark’s personal demons, he has a new villain to face by the name of The Mandarin. I had to run over to Wikipedia just to get a background on who he is and what he does. I’m not going to explain here. Kudos to the brilliant actor Sir Ben Kingsley. The plot mostly comes from the Iron Man story arc “Extremis” which for a while was on Netflix Instant.
This film has a number of twists, I obviously won’t divulge here. But I’ll put it this way, I wouldn’t believe the reveal until a couple scenes later. Along with twists, a number of cameos. SPOILER ALERT: Stan Lee is a judge at a pageant. Also, look out for Joss Whedon. And bonus footage at the end? Check. I will say that the final scene is also similar to the one after the final credits of The Avengers, just a fun little scene, you’re not missing a whole lot if you leave after seeing RDJ’s name.
I found out afterwards that this film was converted to 3D and was not shot in 3D. I’m usually not a fan on converted films, but this one isn’t too bad. It’s no Avatar but it’s certainly not Clash of the Titans. So you won’t be disappointed if you opt for the extra optimal experience, but you’ll be just as entertained otherwise. But it’s an action flick, so for it.
And what does “the second mouse get’s the cheese” mean? The first mouse was caught in the mousetrap.
The short report: I really enjoyed this film. It’s a quintessential summer blockbuster. 3D viewing is optional. Bring the kids.