Movie Review: Iron Man 3

by Robert Earl Houston

Some sources have reported that this may be the end of the line in the Iron Man series of movies.

I hope they’re right.

Iron Man 3, which features Robert Downey, Jr., Don Cheadle, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sir Ben Kingsley, is the third and most difficult part of the Iron Man series. I actually did not enjoy the movie. The premise was weak, the ending reminded me of The Dark Knight’s demise in Batman 3, and the storyline in the middle of the movie put me dangerously close to falling asleep.

When I go to see an Iron Man movie, I want to see Iron Man, not Tony Starks. I knew I was in trouble at the beginning of the movie when Tony was having difficulty in putting on a uniform that he himself designed. It was unbelievable especially in consideration of the closing scenes when he moved from uniform to uniform with ease.

Also, the scenes with him and a young boy seemed absolutely implausible. In 2013, if a grown man showed up in your house and the child didn’t report it to his parents and allowed him to stay in a garage by himself???? Didn’t make sense and the inclusion of the child into the story line looked like the writers were either out of ideas or the kid is somebody’s child.

Don Cheadle, one of the era’s best actors was reduced to the wise talking sidekick. Gwyneth Paltrow has become a character that is neither believable or consistent. One minute she’s demure, the next she’s a super hero. One minute she’s afraid of heights, the next minute she’s cool with it. Very disturbing.

I have always enjoyed Ben Kingsley until this movie. His character was deeply, deeply flawed and honestly, unbelievable. Also, it feeds into this anti-Arab or anti-Muslim hysteria that I’m sure Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mike Huckabee and others would find nourishing. It’s a waste of Oscar winner talent.

The customary battle scene was more about Tony Starks than Iron Man. I paid good money to see IRON MAN, not the Tony Starks Movie. I wanted to see him, in uniform, taking down the bad guys. If I wanted to see a movie about a guy who is smarter than the enemy but lacks any super powers, I’d watch Batman . . . oops, I already have.

The end of the movie suggests an illogical conclusion . . . however, I hope it’s true.

Your comments are welcome.

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6 responses

  1. Thanks for the review I was about to see it today think ill go to the Tyler perry movie

  2. Pastor I love reading your insightful blog. But, let me ask you a question since you’re a fan of the “Iron Man Series” if you don’t mind: are you saying that the real Tony Stark personality,( arrogant, prideful) came through in the movie?

    The reason I ask is before the release of the movie I had read a Christian Review of the movie that stated “the movie could be a popular cultural event and use to steer people toward the Scriptures.” The reviewer said watching Tony Stark’s journey can be a first step toward examining our own pride, from a biblical perspective, and finding value in humility.”

    The reviewer also said that ‘ron Man 3′ illustrates the progression of sin, the problem of pride and the value of humility, the scheming nature of evil, how courage overcomes fear, and what constitutes our identity. Audiences get a chance to see the Tony Stark they know humbled a bit.

    1. I think that when I go to movies, I’m not personally looking for the spiritual aspect to it. Movies, for me, are escapism – so I’m not looking for the biblical values in it. Having said that, I think that Tony Stark’s evolution in the movie makes him completely different at the end as we see him several years in the past. He leans more on his own wiles than the suit he wears. I do know that he confesses that he is older, wiser and has laid down some things in his life, but not everything.

  3. Pastor I love reading your insightful blog. But, let me ask you a question since you’re a fan of the “Iron Man Series” if you don’t mind: are you saying that the real Tony Stark personality,( arrogant, prideful) came through in the movie?

    The reason I ask is before the release of the movie I had read a Christian Review of the movie that stated “the movie could be a popular cultural event and use to steer people toward the Scriptures.” The reviewer said watching Tony Stark’s journey can be a first step toward examining our own pride, from a biblical perspective, and finding value in humility.”

    The reviewer also said that ‘ron Man 3′ illustrates the progression of sin, the problem of pride and the value of humility, the scheming nature of evil, how courage overcomes fear, and what constitutes our identity. Audiences get a chance to see the Tony Stark they know humbled a bit.

  4. Let’s see….Tony Stark, as I recall in the comics of Iron Man, was not what Robert Downey, Jr. brings to the character. In my honest opinion, RDJ in the Sherlock Holmes movies were quite good, and should be playing THAT character versus Iron Man. I am with you, also that I don’t go to movies to get enlightened spiritually… study in the Word and church is where that happens. On occasion, a “spiritual” aspect will SLAP ME IN THE FACE, and I can’t deny it! Such is the life of a worship pastor!

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