This Week In Home Entertainment: Iron Man 3, Hannibal And Halloween's 35th Anniversary

By Jessica Rawden 2013-09-24 18:19:41discussion comments
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Oftentimes, I’m not a fan of voiceovers and flashback narratives at the beginning of a film. Iron Man 3 offers both, as well as a reminder that Eiffel 65’s “Blue (Da Ba Dee)" was a popular song at the turn of the century. Regardless, a flashback to a New Year’s Eve party is a great way to show audiences how Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has evolved over the past several years and it also sets us up for a narrative explaining the origins of a bad guy.

The Stark we're given in Iron Man 3 is going through a tough time. He’s still shaken up about the New York incident and is suffering from the occasional panic attack. He’s also become a workaholic who is spending more time tinkering with new suits than working on his marriage to Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). He’s busy dealing with these personal problems when a mysterious bad guy known as “The Mandarin” enters the picture.

Iron Man 3 is the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie set after the events in The Avengers. Its ties to that film are undeniable, with Stark still suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (although he adamantly denies it to Harley Keener (Ty Simpkins), a kid he meets on his journey). He may be toughing it through some mental issues, but his tongue is sharper than ever, thanks to a screenplay written by Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’s Shane Black, who also directed the film. There’s no person more 'suited' to the sort of banter Black loves than Mr. Stark, and it makes for an engaging film.

Iron Man 3 is a complicated tale, and while it’s told well, there is sometimes a lot of space between action sequences. Additionally, the cast features the aforementioned names, as well as Guy Pearce, Jon Favreau, Rebecca Hall, Don Cheadle, and Ben Kingsley. That’s a talent overload, and you’ll leave getting the feeling that nearly no one got enough screen time. Still, the movie is never boring and it will leave you hankering for a fourth film in the franchise, which is always a good sign.

You can purchase Iron Man 3 over at Amazon.

Best Special Feature: There’s an extra taking a look at Thor: The Dark World and how all of the tables will be turned around in the new film. Instead of Thor heading to earth, Jane Foster will be heading to other worlds, and so audiences will still get that humor and feeling of being in a new element in the film. The segment’s short and it’s not as involved as I would have like to have seen, but it does feature interviews from the cast and crew.

Like the Thor segment, a lot of bonus features feel like straight-up Marvel advertising, including a “One-Shot” bonus feature following Captain America character Peggy Carter. Fans of the franchise will probably enjoy these, but if you are more of an Iron Man-only sort of person, I’d stick with the more traditional extras, like the deleted and extended scenes, which flesh out the plot and the comedy a little more.

Other Special Features:
“Marvel One –Shot: Agent Carter”
Deleted and Extended Scenes
Gag Reel
Audio Commentary
Iron Man 3 Unmasked”
“Deconstructing the Scene: Attack on Air Force One”
“Exclusive Behind The Scenes Look- Thor: The Dark World
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