Iron Man 3 (2013) Review

Iron Man 3 the first of this summer’s superhero films was very good but not the best. The story is strong and draws this strength from a brilliant comic arc which is one of my favourites called Extremis, it did take some liberties. The acting was great benefiting from some fantastic new additions to the cast, Pierce, Kingsley. Good dialogue but I expect something juicy to quote from, like a villain (Complaints for this are in spoiler section) or Hero. As a superhero film something was just off, still very good but some themes just didn’t work for me. The visuals are amazing and will in no way disappoint, the new extremis armour is great and you get to see a lot of interesting tech and powers. Bookmark this if you are waiting to see the film, leave any comments below and I will look forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts.

“Do you want an empty life or a meaningful death?”



Marvel’s “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?

Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended

Story: 85%       Acting: 95%      Characters: 90%      Dialogue: 85%

Sci-Fi/Action/Superhero: 80%      Style/Sound: 85%      Visuals: 100%

Total: 88%


This story is interestingly the rest of the Extremis story-line the original film was loosely based on, so naturally it’s a good note to end on (or not) if it does. I loved the comics but this was not as good sadly and could have been better knowing the story in and out. The acting is great, I loved all the original cast and I thought the roles of the villains where the strongest in the film even if some of them let me down, not the actors fault just a hang up I have of one reveal (in the spoiler section). Personally I would have preferred to have seen more scenes with that kid he befriends, easily some of the most entertaining parts. The dialogue was good but with so many films like this I expect a great deal of quote-ability, I wanted to walk out of the cinema talking like The Mandarin to which people would look at me as a lunatic, but I didn’t and that’s what was missing, still had some fantastically funny lines in Tony’s style so it’s just below an excellent score.


Might want to know why Sci-Fi/Action/Superhero section is one of the lowest scored, well it’s not the science fiction element, I loved the tech with Extremis armour and all the new iron suits which made the nerds go wild. It’s not the action, in fact this section was vastly improved from the second film because of the far more vulnerable and hands on fighting required of Tony Stark, and often he was without a suit and needed to improvise or in other word return to the cave which is what this franchise needed. The problem for me came from the superhero aspect of the film which never felt quite right, I assumed the Mandarin could make it feel more heroic but he didn’t (Spoiler will explain) and it felt more like personal revenge than stopping a violent man and it just didn’t work for me. The style and sound of the film have changed considerably with the new Director and with that gone has the AC/DC music so expect more atmospheric soundtracks, which I actually preferred than previous Iron Man films.


The visuals are excellent and I have zero complaints. We get to see over 20 Iron suits including the full features of the Extremis armour multiple times as a main theme of the film, so you get to see plenty of flying pieces of armour going at Tony like missiles which is always good to see because it’s something we haven’t really seen before (except in every trailer). Other great visuals are for the Malibu cliff house going down! Which was sad but still amazing visually and really felt threatening to people’s lives. My personal favourite in visual terms was the Extremis soldiers, they had some very unique looks and abilities, some from the comics and some a little different but still it was great to see some people with the ability to destroy the iron suits with enough ease to bring a real challenge to Tony (Iron Man) and Rhodes (Iron Patriot).



Seriously these are spoilers; you will hate yourself for looking. The Mandarin wasn’t the mandarin but was Kevin. ARGHHHHH!!!! Why?! I really hate that. It was funny as a reveal but wasn’t worth the fact that we didn’t get Ben Kingsley as a super bad ass villain. Plus a bunch of his lines are only in the trailers which annoys me like the one I used in the intro, it was only used in the trailer because the only time Tony and the Mandarin meet the Mandarin is actually Kevin which is just annoying. Also as a comic fan I am fuming that we don’t get a crazy Mandarin. On a more positive note I liked the idea overall that a character like Killian would be able to rule the world from the shadows as this seemed very possible and scarily easy. Back to the bad, I wanted Potts to die and instead she didn’t, cowards! I never really felt a threat to the main characters only to Tony Stark which is pointless really because he is obviously going to live, but that would be a shocker. Anyone who wants to disagree or agree comments are welcome.



The best reviews I found would be these “Black largely acquits himself well, keeping the pace brisk, deploying a couple of modest surprises and staging a few undeniably impressive, super-sized setpieces” Scott Foundas. “I go to the Iron Man films, like everyone else, for Robert Downey Jr. He is the series in the way that few actors, outside of Sean Connery as James Bond or Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, have ever been” Ryan Gilbey. It features some of the best moments of the trilogy, but it does feel a bit like a missed opportunity. “It features some of the best moments of the trilogy, but it does feel a bit like a missed opportunity” Matt Neal. “A fiery extravaganza that is a collision between the comic book world and Shane Black’s resume of rapid fire action thrillers” Cameron Williams. “Delivers thrilling action, witty dialogue and genuine emotion, thanks to a cleverly crafted script, state-of-the-art special effects, strong, likeable characters and note-perfect performances” Matthew Turner.



My favourite scene would have to be when Tony Stark has to fix his suit after crash landing in Tennessee, he meets this kid called Harley and it was just a brilliant set of scenes with the best comedic scenes and even some of the best fight scenes. Very unusual in two ways to have this as my most favourite, one it’s a relatively small scale setting in a massive blockbuster and two it features a child in most of it and I usually find children in films irritating but this kid was brilliant and had great chemistry with Robert Downey Jr.

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63 responses to “Iron Man 3 (2013) Review”

  1. The Focused Filmographer says :

    I loved the Mandarin’s voice and was still imitating him as I left the theater (but only the lines he used in the trailer, one of which wasn’t even in the movie “Do you want an empty life or a meaningful death?”) oh well.

    yep, we had some of the same issues with this one, but still liked it.


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      “Do you want an empty life or a meaningful death?” Loved that and it was just for the trailer 😦 It erks me. Still a good film but I expect better, I deserve better dammit! 😀


  2. sidekickreviews says :

    Having not seen the trailers or read the comics before watching the movie, the Mandarin twist was not an issue for me.

    A great hero moment is saving all the passengers from free falling.

    I would have preferred Iron Man to get the final kill instead of Potts. Overall, this is a great movie.


  3. boxofficebuzzab says :

    Great review, our thoughts are pretty much the same. The fun definitely outweighs the flaws! 🙂


  4. Chris says :

    I can definitely see where you’re coming from with some of your critiques. I also was a bit disappointed initially by the Mandarin reveal, but I just had so much fun with everything else that I was just able to accept it I guess. Though yeah, now that you mention it, walking out quoting the movie in Mandarin voice could have been the next Joker, but alas. Nice review, though, man. 🙂


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      Thanks Chris, My only complaint would be the 3rd act which was just a bit disappointing, but since its the end I wasn’t blown away 😦

      I think my score is fair, don’t you? 😀


  5. Anonymous says :

    After all the hype the film fell way short of my expectations… Parts 1 and 2 were so much better than this!!! Wanted to see ‘Iron Man’ do more fighting in the suit than out of it and there was too much cheesy bantering with the kid and James Rhodes at times. However the ending fight scenes were pretty good. Maybe that’s what really pulled this movie through…! Gets a 60% rating from me!


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      It did suffer from some over-hype, but I think it was better than part 2. I liked to see Tony of the suit a bit more, it made him more vulnerable. Thanks for the comment man 😀


  6. Fogs' Movie Reviews says :

    Totally agree about your comments on the Mandarin character in the spoiler section. I’d go even further, as a comics fan, and say I’m upset they deprived us of the chance to see him realized on the big screen. I feel robbed and insulted.

    I’d disagree about the lil kid part though. That was lame. 😦


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