The format of Iron Man 3 is essentially that of an endless running (or, in this case, flying) game. But it's far more in-depth than many popular titles of this genre (Temple Run, Jetpack Joyride, Monster Dash, etc.), following a story based loosely around the plot of the Iron Man 3 movie.
Iron Man 3 is one of the most elaborate endless runners you'll play in terms of its presentation. The 3D graphics are eye-popping, explosions are over-the-top, music is thundering and the voice acting is very good. All of this combined leads gives Iron Man 3 a real Hollywood feel, befitting of a blockbuster movie tie-in.
The world proved willing to go back to a movie with just one Marvel superhero after The Avengers assembled four of the biggest in one place. Helping that transition was the fact that the hero in question was the dream team's leader by box office receipts and entertainment value. In the ongoing boom of comic book films, Iron Man has trailed only Christian Bale's Batman in commercial impact. Everyone else, from the X-Men to the other Avengers, can only dream of the goodwill generated by Tony Stark, the sarcastic playboy, tycoon, and inventor who four times in the past six years has rung in the summer movie season to acclaim and robust ticket sales.Critics and moviegoers preferred Iron Man (2008) to Iron Man 2 (2010) and all three of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight movies to either, but Iron Man 3 keeps things looking up for one of Marvel Studios' cornerstone franchises. Launching a stretch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe meaninglessly dubbed \"Phase Two\", this latest installment fulfills Robert Downey Jr.'s contractual obligations to what has become his signature role, but both Marvel and the once-troubled indie wildcard would be crazy not to consider extending this solo franchise, with little at risk financially and artistically. Iron Man 3 completely obliterated ordinary film franchise trajectory by grossing over $400 million domestically and $1.2 billion worldwide, Avengers-like numbers substantially higher than the first two Iron Man movies.Iron Man 3 opens at the end of 1999, with Eiffel 65's \"Blue (Da Ba Dee)\" getting priceless, fitting, and prominent exposure. On the eve of Y2K, Tony Stark is the carefree, self-centered bachelor we once knew. At a Swiss science convention, he relishes blowing off a nerdy admirer with bad skin (Guy Pearce) while preparing to bed a scientist (Rebecca Hall) working on a major botanical breakthrough. The episode, soon forgotten by Tony, comes back to haunt him in the present day, when the nerd is now a handsome and successful magnate who makes Stark's loyal assistant Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) weak in the knees. The one-night stand, who now works for the reformed nerd, shows up to warn of his dealings, but not soon enough to prevent the film's first big set piece, an attack on Stark's cliffside Malibu mansion/laboratory.Meanwhile, America is being electronically terrorized by a leader known as the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), whose sleekly-produced warnings interrupt regularly-scheduled programming across the board to growing public fear. America's response includes rebranding the armored alter ego of Iron Man friend Colonel Rhodes (Don Cheadle) from War Machine to the Iron Patriot. But Mandarin promises an attack on the President of the United States by Christmas Day, which is fast approaching. Christmas pervades this sequel, from colored lights and musical selections out in California to a snowy scene in rural Tennessee, where Stark goes to investigate an explosion site. The holiday season is one of many flavorful touches that distinguish this episode and make it tremendously accessible. Some moviegoers flock to superhero fare as pure escapism, to watch well-equipped heroes and multi-faceted villains, each larger than life, do battle without any real weight or relevance. Amazon.com Widgets That was much of the appeal of 1978's Superman, rightfully considered the birth of the modern day superhero film. But that doesn't cut it nowadays, not when Nolan injects Batman's vigilantism with rich social commentary and genre-bending designs.Like its predecessors, Iron Man 3 takes a lighter approach. In fact for much of its runtime, it feels like a comedy first and foremost. Defying a much-recited quote, Downey makes comedy look easy, with his seemingly effortless charisma and impeccable timing. No other actor could so easily get away with belittling a young kid lamenting his paternal abandonment, but the actor scores some of the film's biggest laughs doing just that. In contrast to someone like Captain Jack Sparrow, this characterization hasn't yet gone stale. There are also compelling stake-raising threats yet to explore.There are a number of references to The Avengers, with mere mention of New York sending Stark into newly-developed anxiety attacks. The Avengers themselves and the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., however, do not crossover here, save for a nicely-done post-credits tag that reveals the target of the sporadic Stark narration that runs through the film. In some ways, IM3 is more purely entertaining than The Avengers, its expectations not as high, its opposition not as pressing, its screentime not so stretched thin. There isn't the sense of urgency or number of layers of Joss Whedon's highly-regarded blockbuster. There's mostly just Tony Stark, cracking wise and standing up to threats, including most extensively a race of regenerative, fire-breathing super soldiers powered by something called Extremis.This opposing force illustrates the contradictory nature of Iron Man 3. It's a remarkably entertaining crowd-pleaser that seemingly no ordinary parent would object to their 10-year-old kid seeing. Heck, one of the film's most prominent characters (played by Ty Simpkins) is around that age. At the same time, the movie does get away with quite a bit of violence and innuendo. That little bit of edge some feared would be lost by Disney's purchase of Marvel remains firmly intact. There's content in this film that would have been questionable for PG-13 about ten years ago and would seemingly give producers some reservation most any age. And yet, by not shying from villains' unscrupulousness or giving Tony newfound compassion, Marvel has scored the runaway #1 movie of the year for potentially the second year in a row, with only The Hunger Games' upcoming sequel posing any real threat of dethroning.Jon Favreau accepts a more prominent role in front of the camera as Stark Industries' annoying head of security Happy Hogan, while handing over the directing reins to Lethal Weapon scribe and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang writer/director Shane Black, who also shares screenplay credit with rising Englishman Drew Pearce (the upcoming Sherlock Holmes and Mission: Impossible sequels). Black and Pearce are comfortable with the universe and largely uninterested in looking back. Their film consistently entertains and though it lays the action on thick especially, it stops just short of wearing out its welcome, with even the overlong climax showing a little more mercy and creativity than its predecessors' somewhat underwhelming finales.Upholding Marvel's repeatedly successful early-May theatrical release and late-September home video schedule, Iron Man 3 hits discs this week in four physical editions, trailing digital availability by three weeks. For no reason more obvious than an apparent preference to do things their own way, Marvel Studios only made advance copies of the standard Blu-ray available to the press, and with a much stricter definition of \"press\" than most. While it's not as ideal a subject as the full final product that's available in three different combo packs, this is the most content-heavy disc Iron Man 3 has and it is clearly identical to the one you can buy tomorrow, minus the standard packaging and additional discs.
VIDEO and AUDIOAs one of the most expensive and the highest-grossing movie of 2013, you expect Iron Man 3 to boast the best picture and sound available on Blu-ray. It does not disappoint. The 2.40:1 transfer is sharp, spotless, vivid, and full of detail.The 7.1 DTS-HD master audio is also mighty formidable. The soundtrack does contain some peaks and valleys that might have you lowering the volume during action sequences and raising it to hear quieter dialogue-driven scenes. But, this engaging and frequently exhilarating mix will please those wanting to give their home theaters a vigorous workout. BONUS FEATURES and MENUSThe Blu-ray's extras begin with an unmarked arc reactor graphic which leads to what seems to be a Second Screen Experience. It's cleverly themed, with listings looking like Tony Stark's operating system and Jarvis explaining that his database needs restoring following the mansion attack and the disc instructing you to unlock encrypted files by watching other supplements, after which you're shown an image to scan. Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, without an iPhone or iPad to download the necessary app, this material is completely inaccessible to me. Why is it that Blu-ray requires Apple devices to access bonus materials that would have been on-disc in the days of DVD I'm not a fan of this approach, especially when there's no alternative way to access the content with a plain old computer and Internet connection.Beyond that, there is a decent amount of supplements included on disc, all of it presented in HD.Marvel One-Shot is a series that has quickly become an appealing staple of Marvel movie Blu-rays. This set's inclusion is more of a mini-movie than a short. Agent Carter (15:29) centers on Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), the British soldier in love with Steve Rogers/Captain America. Facing the workplace sexism you'd expect of the 1940s, Peggy takes a time-sensitive job designed for 3-5 agents while the guys are all out drinking. In search of Zodiac, she puts her butt-kicking skills to use in this enjoyable outing, which also features Bradley Whitfield a