I saw Iron Man 3 yesterday mainly because my wife wanted to. She loves the Iron Man movies and will frequently claim that Iron Man is her favorite. I on the other hand have never really cared for him. It may be because my only knowledge of him is from the recent movies and I thought that Iron Man 1 & 2 were just ok when it came to superhero movies. I was content with waiting until it came out on DVD or the dollar theater but we had a gift card so what the hey!
When I left I found myself really pleased with the movie. Perhaps because my expectations were so low already it would be hard to be bad or the movie itself was just that good. The 3rd installment did have a new director, but that doesn’t really mean a lot to me. I can’t tell one directors work apart from another.
I really enjoyed the storyline of transition and becoming a better person. Tony Stark was not really a likable character in the first two movies and he has a pretty drastic change in The Avengers. Now, after the events of that movie, we see Tony wrestling with the idea of becoming a better person and being haunted by some decisions he had made in the past (this theme is also found in the most recent episode of NBC’s Community titled “Heroic Origins”).
We’ve all made mistakes in the past. We’ve all done things we aren’t proud of. We not remember each and every little thing we did “wrong” or that we didn’t like and some of them may come back to haunt us. But hopefully we are all continually striving the become the best versions of ourself that we can be. I know I am. One little step at a time.
I still say that Thor is my favorite Marvel superhero movie and I’m really excited for Thor 2: The Dark World, but Iron Man 3 was pretty top notch.