A few years ago, in 2010, I went to the cinema to watch Iron Man 2, and I remember telling myself, “This cannot top the first film”, “Sequels ruin everything”, even though IM2 had already been praised and it had amazing actors. Because, let’s face it, Robert Downey Jr is enough to make a movie better that it would be without him. And I am NOT being unbiased. It is an established fact.
But then, IM2 was great! It was funnier (the scene where he gets drunk during his birthday party), with more action and new additions. I am a declared Scarlett Johansson fans, unlike the rest of the women in this world (that’s envy, girls. Get over it, she is awesome), and I found her a perfect choice for the role of Black Widow. And Mickey Rourke as the Russian villain…I am sure some people actually thought he was Russian (and a villain). And then Robert Downey Jr (let’s call him RDJ from now on), Don Cheadle as the new Rhodes (sharing better chemistry with RDJ) and Gwyneth Paltrow, another actress that apparently everyone hates while I think she is a superb actress who makes every scene with RDJ an unforgettable one. Or maybe it’s because she is married to Chris Martin. Either way, don’t mess with her!
And after this reminiscence of my experience with Iron Man 2, let’s go back to 2013. This time, I REALLY thought nothing could be better than, not only IM2, but The Avengers. That was pure epic, the perfect film to mix all the previous Marvel movies together. Everybody had great chemistry with everybody, everything was funny and the action scenes were spectacular (what would we do without Joss Whedon). So there was no way that Iron Man 3 would play a role other than closing a trilogy.
Oh, dios mio! How wrong I was: this is the BEST film of the trilogy. It is impossible not to love it. When you are not crying with laughter (RDJ is sheer comedy talent), you have your heart in your mouth because of the frenetic pace.
And to that, you have to add the new faces: Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall and the scene-stealer Ben Kingsley (really, some of the best scenes belong to him). For those of you who somehow don’t know who Sir Ben Kingsley is (you should!), he won an Oscar 30 years ago for playing Mahatma Gandhi, and is a very respected stage thespian.
I will not give away information about this third part of the saga, because some of the things that I enjoyed the most were the ones that I wasn’t expecting, so it is best if you just see it yourselves. You will not be disappointed.
The only downside is that The Avengers 2 (or Avengers Assemble 2 here in UK) will not be released until 2015, and that is a long time, even with the sequels of Thor and Captain America on their way and a S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series starting this autumn. Iron Man 4 has to happen somehow. Even if they said it was only going to be a trilogy.
They made an unnecessary Pirates of the Caribbean 4 that ruined the trilogy, why can’t the public enjoy a fourth Tony Stark adventure that we know it would still be high quality?
RANDOM IM3 KNOWLEDGE
Jude Law was almost cast in the role Guy Pearce plays. I was rooting for that since the day I heard about that casting rumour!
I missed more scenes with Happy (Jon Favreau, director of the first two films), but I appreciated the Downton Abbey references, as I am a big fan of the show myself (and of the Sybil-Branson story).
I hope the little kid that appears in the film will have some sort of cameo in the next Avengers.
The after-the-credits scene was even better than I expected. Great cameo!
Even more random: the actor playing the vice-president is George Clooney’s cousin.