Excerpt: For many "Iron Man 2" (2010) was somewhat of a disappointment considering the awesomeness of " Iron Man " (2008), the story felt muddled and misguided. It certainly made a ton of money, but the general consensus was that it wasn't nearly as good (the first film scored 93% on Rottentomatoes, the second film scored a lower 73%). Both films featured breathtaking action sequences and of course the wonderfully cast Robert Downey Jr.
Conclusion: Iron Man 3 is a fantastic film that’s full of humor, action, and smart character development that really builds on the previous Iron Man movies. The Blu-ray is almost as good as the movie, as it has flawless video and audio quality, but it drops the ball on the special features. For a movie this big, there’s no excuse for that as it’s obvious that they are saving the other extras for a second future release which I don’t like.
Excerpt: A more personal Tony Stark emerges from the wreckage of New York in Iron Man 3 , anxious and reeling from the spectacle of multi-dimensional beings vanquished in The Avengers ( 3D Blu-ray review ). It’s a new angle, a means of keeping what should be a repetitious showdown between good and evil freshly designed. This new Marvel universe approach clamps down on kitsch, broadening emotions and keeping Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) less inclined to snap back with retorts.
Excerpt: I have been enjoying the Marvel movies for some years now. It is nice to see some quality products (in terms of production values) reaching the market. I can barely believe that Iron Man has made it to its third movie. Quite a few things change, and quite a few things are different.
Excerpt: The Film Like all good superheroes, Iron Man just will not die. However, in Iron Man 3 , our shining star manages to escape something much worse than death. He manages to not be boring. Because frankly, by the time most film franchises hit the third round, they typically hit a wall. Not everyone mind you, but most. (See Spider-Man 3 -- or don't see it, actually.) If we're getting technical, Robert Downey, Jr.
Conclusion: Thanks to a series of smart and subversive choices by the filmmakers, 'Iron Man 3' is a character-based thriller that harkens back to the 90s action movies where co-writer/director Shane Black came of age. As a Blu-ray release, this 3D version of film is far from a perfect conversion, though you can get it looking pretty good by adjusting your display's brightness. The 2D picture quality is outstanding, save for a few extremely minor quibbles.
Excerpt: It’s easy to forget how important it was for 2008’s Iron Man to be great. After all, the film was only asked to A) properly introduce a B-list comic hero to the movie-going masses and B) successfully kick off what turned out to be Phase One of Marvel’s March Toward Global Domination Cinematic Universe. “Good” would’ve been a letdown; Iron Man needed to be great.
Conclusion: Iron Man is Marvel's most popular active, solo franchise and Iron Man 3 may be the series' most fun installment to date. This highly entertaining threqueel makes you not ready to say goodbye to Robert Downey Jr. in this role or to even settle for him as the most colorful Avenger. It's another big superhero blockbuster done right and its wide appeal is tough to dispute or surpass.
Conclusion: Thanks to a series of smart and subversive choices by the filmmakers, 'Iron Man 3' is a character-based thriller that harkens back to the 90s action movies where co-writer/director Shane Black came of age. Not only is it a fun blockbuster, but the picture and audio are outstanding. The special features are a little light, but otherwise this is a nice package. Recommended.