The entire series of Marvel movies that have been released in the last several years have brought me endless tears of joy. Removing the fact that I’m a die-hard Marvel fan, the whole premise of Iron Man is just cool, no matter how you look at it. Jet propelled hands and feet? Near-indestructible armored body suit? Come on! How can you beat that?
The first Iron Man introduced much of the world to playboy philanthropist Tony Stark and his high tech armor. It was very well received by comic book nerds and the normal population, not to mention it helped to resurrect Robert Downey Jr.’s career, propelling him (pun intended) back into the limelight. Iron Man 2 didn’t receive quite the same enthusiasm, though it did surpass the first movie’s total box office earnings.
Then The Avengers happened. The movie tied in all the Marvel characters that had preceded it and ended up shattering financial records, eventually earning over $1.5 billion worldwide. With that level of success, the bar was set exceptionally high for Iron Man 3, and, judging from the rave reviews and box office earnings after only a week (as well as my own biased viewpoint), it does not disappoint.
I usually don’t like trilogies, but this one was a must-see, even if it sucked, which it didn’t. I don’t want to ruin the movie for you, but if you saw The Avengers, you know how it was kind of tough to imagine where Tony Stark could go after the events in the movie. In Iron Man 3, Stark hits rock bottom and is forced to literally rebuild everything from the ground up. His entire life and even his self-image are shattered, and the meat of the movie involves us rooting for him as he puts it all back together. No, this is not just another “feel-good root for your favorite hero” movie. It’s a sick action flick with the latest cutting edge tubular special effects. Yes, I just said “tubular.”
Iron Man 3 has earned over half a billion dollars in just its first week, so go see the movie. Seriously, it’s worth it. SEE THE TRAILER HERE