Film Review: Iron Man 3

Reviewed by Sam Robinson

Rated M. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Kingsley. Out now on DVD & Blu-Ray.

[Stars: 4/5]

What happens when you set The Terminator at Christmas time, throw in a hint of Home Alone, a dash of Air Force One, and of course, place favourite Marvel superhero Iron Man at centre stage? The answer is Iron Man 3, the latest release from the Marvel universe.

The action picks up after the events in New York as depicted in last year’s The Avengers, and gazillionaire Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) is rattled by what went down. Our iron-clad hero starts suffering from anxiety attacks, loses his mansion, and ends up alone in the middle of the US, dragging his powerless suit through the snow. Which does beg the question – why didn’t Stark install a battery that can be charged using a standard powerpoint outlet?

The threat in this film isn’t Stark’s ego for once, but actually the fearsome Mandarin (Kingsley) who hijacks television networks to make terrifying broadcasts and uses a regenerative superhuman army to do his work. As the film’s opening scene reveals, this is all tied up with Stark’s actions back in 1999. All of the action and chaos is a result of one mis-step fourteen years ago.

This reminded me of the way that sin entered into the world. One event resulted in huge consequences. The Bible tells us the result of sin:

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all men, because all sinned… Since by the one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive the overflow of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through one man, Jesus Christ.

– Romans 5:12,17

There are so many characters in this film trying to be God, trying to have control, but this backfires and chaos abounds. But we must remember that while one event ruined everything, one event also brought us back to God – the cross.

Iron Man 3 is a really fun film and never takes itself too seriously, although it is very much all about America vs the Bad Guys. The added Christmas charm gets bonus points from me, but the addition of a child sidekick for part of the film (reminding me so much of Short Round inIndiana Jones and the Temple of Doom) was annoyingly distracting.

I’m giving Iron Man 3 4 out of 5 stars.

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