I finally got to watch Iron Man 3. I heard and read mixed opinions about it, so I didn’t really have any particular expectations about it, beside the fact that Tony Stark/Iron Man is my favorite Avenger (though I like them all). Well, I loved the movie and am looking forward to more Iron Man movies already (beyond seeing Tony Stark again in the second Avengers).
I liked the character development for Tony, including his relationship with Pepper. I still think that Gwyneth Paltrow is perfect for the part, and that’s a big compliment from me, as I never really liked her in previous movies. Seeing these two grow (and struggle) as a couple is a treat in the franchise. To me seeing what happens after two characters get involved in a romantic relationship is extremely interesting.
The story worked well for me, and it was solid entertainment as it is what I’m expecting from these movies. I was glad to see James Rhodes again and him teaming up with Tony made for some great moments as well.
There were things about the atmosphere of the movie that reminded me a bit of The Long Kiss Goodnight, which is one of my favorite movies. The moment when Pepper also holds the Iron Man front helmet in her hands made me think of Boba holding Jango’s helmet in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
A note on misogynistic elements. I know it’s not the first or the last time in any movie, but while there were great female characters in it, I was bothered by the enemy agent kicking Tony’s ass but of course having to be wearing a skirt. That made me roll my eyes, just as the unnecessary beauty pageant with all the women in swimsuits (with men drooling over them as if they just were pieces of meat) right when it’s winter time outside. I was glad that Pepper was wearing a tank top and a pair of leggings when being experimented on and then smashing the real Mandarin.
The final scene between Tony and Bruce Banner? That was awesome! I loved the touch of him rambling to him, and it builds up on how I enjoy the interaction between these two!