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Iron Man 3

Adam Zacharias (adam@khaleejtimes.com) / 2 May 2013

We delve through the UAE’s latest cinema releases

WHILST PERHAPS NOT quite as critically feted as Christopher Nolan’s recently completed Batman trilogy, the Iron Man franchise is proving a shockingly durable bet among reviewers as well as global audiences.

Having already raked in upwards of $200 million worldwide, the Marvel Comics character has already bested the first-week tally of 2012’s The Avengers, in which Robert Downey Jr.’s superhero also featured.

A billion dollars at the box office is all but assured – especially given the rave reviews being afforded to the movie, which opens in both the UAE and the USA this weekend.

This instalment features Sir Ben Kingsley as the villainous Mandarin, who is on a mission to destroy the cocky yet ingenious billionaire Tony Stark (aka Iron Man). Jon Favreau, who directed the first two films, hands the reins this time around to Shane Black, who previously directed Downey Jr. in the 2005 crime-comedy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

“Downey is at his superhero genius best here, rattling off dialogue both clever and boilerplate with non-repetitive aplomb,” said Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter.

“Polished, tart and smart, Iron Man 3 buffs up to an entertaining, subversive two hours that enjoys supplying rugs simply to pull them from under the audience’s expectations,” said Siobhan Synnot of The Scotsman.

Trivia:

  • Iron Man 3’s budget was originally set at $140 million, but after the world-beating the success of The Avengers (which has taken $1.5 billion to date, becoming the third-highest grossing film ever) Marvel Studios and Disney upped the threequel’s budget to $200 million.

Reel Magic

Also opening this weekend is Bollywood action film Shootout at Wadala starring the likes of John Abraham, Kangna Ranaut, Anil Kapoor and Tusshar Kapoor.

Amour

FALLING AT THE POLAR opposite end of the spectrum this week from Iron Man 3’s popcorn blockbuster boisterousness is the heartbreaking (and Oscar-winning) Amour.

Set in Paris, the French-language film follows eighty-somethings Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) – retired music teachers whose daughter lives abroad. But when Anne suffers a stroke, the couple are faced with the enormous challenge of trying to rebuild the life they had together.

The drama, written and directed by Austrian auteur Michael Haneke, received rave reviews on its release last year and picked up five Academy Award nominations – with Riva becoming the oldest ever Best Actress nominee at the age of 85 and Haneke winning the Best Foreign Language Film.

“The resulting interplay of ruthless restraint and unavoidable passion, plus the film’s refusal to shrink from depicting the inevitable horrors of physical deterioration, is devastating,” said Kenneth Turan of The Los Angeles Times.

“In many ways it’s the best horror film I’ve ever seen. At the same time, it’s hard to recommend; I believe I will be struggling to forget this film as long as I live. I doubt I’ll succeed,” said Tom Long of The Detroit News.

Trivia:

  • Haneke wrote the screenplay after witnessing an identical situation occur in his own family, and trying to wrap his head around managing the suffering of someone you love. Trintignant returned to the silver screen after 14 years to star in Amour, with Haneke insisting the part of Georges was written specifically for the veteran French actor.
  • Amour currently has a 93% rating on rottentomatoes.com and a 7.9/10 rating on imdb.com.
 
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