Iron Man 3: Review

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The reason I loved this movie was because it was funny, it had heart and it wasn’t just your standard action movie. There wasn’t constant fighting and it was very dialogue driven. It was clever, witty and hilarious as well as subverting genre expectations for comic effect.

Robert Downey Jr returns as Tony Stark in the third (if not final) instalment in the Iron Man trilogy. He is having nightmares after what happened in the Avengers and is having difficulty coping, so he has put all his energies into refining the iron suit. As you saw in Avengers, he is now with his assistant (now CEO of Stark Industries), Pepper Potts, played by the lovely Gwyneth Paltrow. The military now use an iron suit which is manned by Rhodes (Don Cheadle), called the Iron Patriot.

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Things seem to be going smoothly for Stark until a terrorist starts threatening the US with bomb attacks. The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) seems like his most powerful opponent yet but everything is not as it seems. The reveal is hilarious because the villains in action movies are usually so one-dimensional.

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It is different to the usual action formula, which I love. It seems to be more focused on making Stark look cool (easy job!), having witty dialogue and being incredibly funny. I laughed more at this than I do intentional comedies these days. Stark is a fallible hero and this is evident from the movie- his suit doesn’t always work,  or it is a prototype not fit for fight/flight or it just listens to JARVIS rather than him. There isn’t really a single fight sequence where Stark gets to kick butt with an all singing and dancing suit. Something seems to go wrong every time and while I liked how refreshing that was, proper action nuts would have been craved a serious battle.  

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Guy Pearce plays baddie Aldrich Killian

I actually preferred all the down-time moments when we just listen to Tony talk and be all charismatic rather than all the action scenes. I didn’t really like the “evil” Tony faced and while Guy Pearce plays the baddie perfectly, I did think the whole “Extremis” concept was rather crazy. The action scenes got boring after a while, especially as an iron suit versus a red-hot super soldier battle can go on forever.

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I loved that Gwyneth got to don the suit and kick some butt, she definitely has more to do than in the previous films and I think that’s great. Before, Tony used to treat her like crap whereas in this movie, he realises how much she means to him and that’s where the film gets its heart. The best part for me is when Tony is in Tennessee and meets a young boy named Harley. He becomes his sidekick briefly and helps him fix the suit. The dialogue between them is hilarious. Kingsley’s Mandarin character had a brilliant twist which he plays perfectly and Rebecca Hall was frankly underused and poorly defined.

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This is far better than two and I would whole-heartedly recommend it. It is less action focused than the others and focuses more on Tony as a person but I still really enjoyed it. The plot is as sketchy as any action movie but the dialogue, humour and amazing cast make up for it. As a side note, stay until after the credits to see a hilarious scene with the Hulk!

Top Films for April

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Dark Skies

I thought I would throw a horror into the mix because I don’t usually pick them. A family is plagued by weird events that get increasingly dangerous. Turns out that some evil force is out to get them and they have no way to escape. It looks seriously creepy! Released: 3rd April

 

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The Odd Life of Timothy Green

I do love a cute Disney movie. Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton can’t have children so they put their wishes about their imaginary child in a box and bury it in the garden. The next day, a boy named Timothy appears and they believe he is a miracle. He is clearly different from other children, but there is more to him than meets the eye. Sweet family film. Released: 5th April

 

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Spring Breakers

I have been looking forward to this for ages! Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens break out of their teenage roles to play college girls turned criminals. They rob a fast food restaurant to fund their spring break but along the way, they befriend a drug dealer named Alien (James Franco) who gets them involved in his business. Things soon start to escalate and the police get involved. Cannot wait to see these girls doing grown-up stuff! Released: 5th April

 

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Oblivion

I love post-apocalyptic thrillers and this one looks amazing. Nobody lives on Earth anymore but someone needs to fix the drones that patrol the planet. That is Tom Cruise’s job. One day, he is extracting resources when he is attacked by a resistance group lead by Morgan Freeman, who cause him to question his existence. Is he working for the good guys or not? Is the world actually in the state it thinks it is? This is a high action thriller. Released: 12th April

 

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The Place Beyond the Pines

Who doesn’t love a bit of Ryan Gosling?! Gosling stars as a stunt motorbike rider who discovers he has a son with Eva Mendes. To provide for his son, he uses his skills to commit a series of bank robberies. Bradley Cooper plays the cop on his tail and Rose Byrne is his wife. This may not be up there with Drive, but I’m willing to find out. Released: 12th April

 

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Iron Man 3

I think everyone is excited for this! Robert Downey Jr returns as the superhero once more. This time, he faces his worst enemy yet, a terrorist named The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), who destroys Tony Stark’s personal life completely. Tony must rebuild his life while seeking vengeance on his opponent. Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall will add to the regular cast of Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Jon Favreau (who decided not to direct this one). It’s going to awesome! Released: 26th April

Cool Videos: Iron Man 3, Naya Rivera & Seth Rogen

The Superbowl was a big night for football, Beyoncé and advertisers. The amount of adverts within the game is ridiculous but, knowing how many people are watching the match, it is hardly surprising. Ever major brand wants in on the action so for guaranteed millions of viewers. So, tons of new adverts launched last night and quite a few featured celebrities. Movie also got in on the action, showing never-seen-before footage or alternate trailers to promote the film.

So here are the advert highlights of last night:

Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen & Lebron James for Samsung


Paul and Seth poke fun at each other while they fight over who is Samsung’s “Next Big Thing”, before being trumped by Lebron James.

Naya Rivera for M&M 


This is hilarious! I couldn’t stop laughing!

Beyoncé for her tour

She looks amazing! All hail Queen B!

Iron Man 3 Extended Trailer


The aeroplane sequence is new and exciting! Plus a little creepy intro from RDJ.

Fast and Furious 6

I’m a bit sick of this franchise to be honest and the stunts look pretty ridiculous. However, I am impressed that all the cast have returned and I’m looking forward to the London backdrop!

Top movies coming this year

Here is my look forward to the movies coming to us this year. The choices below are what I am most excited about. The release dates are subject to change.

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THIS IS 40

I cannot wait for this spin-off to 2007’s comedy Knocked Up. This focuses on Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd’s marriage, which was a bit crazy in the first film, so you can only imagine how they are now that they are pushing 40. I love the leads and it is written and directed by Judd Apatow, so that can only mean good things. It has a sweet supporting cast from the likes of Megan Fox, Jason Segel, Chris O’ Dowd, Lena Dunham and Melissa McCarthy. Released: 14th February

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CARRIE

This is the remake of the 1976 film starring Sissy Spacek. Chloe Moretz is now in the lead playing the loner with telekinetic powers who has to deal with an overbearing Christian fundamentalist mother (Julianne Moore). Her powers spiral out of control when the school bullies humiliate her at the prom. If you have seen the original, you will know what this will be like- creepy, weird and bloody. Released: 5th April

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IRON MAN 3

Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr) world as he knows it has been turned upside down- his house and his inventions are destroyed, there is an enemy working in a replica iron man suit and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) has been captured. He must find out who is responsible and stop them. This leads him to his greatest rival of all-the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), leader of a terrorist organisation. I love this franchise and hopefully this will be as good as the previous two. Director Jon Favreau  hasn’t returned this time so I hope that won’t affect it too much. The regulars are back as well as new characters played by Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall. Released: 26th April

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THE GREAT GATSBY

I have been waiting for this for AGES, especially since its release was pushed back from December. The story is told by Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) who recalls his time with his neighbour and millionaire Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) during the height of “the roaring twenties”. Carey Mulligan plays love interest Daisy Buchanan. The film is directed by Baz Luhrmann and you certainly get a Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet vibe from the trailer. A must-see. Released: 17th May

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THE HANGOVER PART III

Now, I think this franchise is hilarious but I really hope it doesn’t use the same template as the previous two because that will start getting a bit tedious. The regular cast are back and it is thought the boys will take on Tijuana although some parts have been shot in Las Vegas too, so perhaps they go there as well. Director Todd Phillips said in an interview that this would be the ending and it will not follow the same structure. Yay! I want to know what happens now! Released: 24th May

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

This film is set ten years before the events of Monsters Inc. (2001) and we see Sully (John Goodman) and Mike (Billy Crystal) meeting for the first time at college and becoming enemies. We find out how they end up the best of friends. If it’s anything like the first movie, I’m going to love it! Released: 12th July

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THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

I so hope that this sequel will be as good as the first. Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen. She is now a victor of The Hunger Games, yet the Capitol’s President is not happy with her scheming so he engineers a “best of the best” Hunger Games tournament, featuring all the previous victors- meaning both Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Katniss have to return. This time, the arena is much harder and the opponents are tougher. The book is amazing so I hope this does it justice. Released: 22nd November

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ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND CONTINUES

Nothing has been revealed about this but I loved the first one and I am so excited about this. All the characters are back from the 2004 original and what a cast it is- Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner (Champ Kind), Christina Applegate, Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson. It better be epic. Released: 20th December