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June 1, 2016

Book-to-Movie Review: Iron Man 3

Summer is nearly here, and that means the summer movie season is officially upon us. There are some exciting movie adaptations of books headed our way this year, including The Great Gatsby, the Percy Jackson sequel, Sea of Monsters, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and of course The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. (Go, Katniss!)

But summer is also the season of comic book blockbusters. Anyone who grew up reading Superman or Thor comics has to get a little tingle of excitement seeing their favorite heroes leap off the page and onto the screen. And last weekend, Iron Man 3 charged into theaters in a big, record-breaking way.

Following in the footsteps of last summer’s The Avengers, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is attempting to cope with some of the crazy things he’s seen while still trying to be a hero to those around him, including his girlfriend, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). When a terrorist calling himself the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) appears, threatening the U.S. president, Tony challenges the Mandarin and becomes a target himself. When he’s stranded without his Iron Man armor, Tony realizes he needs to rely on his own wits to help save the day…along with the help of a brave young boy.

Aside from being packed with amazing action sequences and a lot of humor from the wisecracking Tony, there are some great twists and turns to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. Iron Man 3 also surprised me by touching on some deeper themes of identity, how people change, and who we think we are versus how others perceive us.

While authors like J. K Rowling and Rick Riordan do a great job of raising the stakes with each installment of their adventure fantasy series, too often movie sequels tend to deliver diminishing returns, limping to a disappointing conclusion. I’m happy to say that with Iron Man 3, our hero Tony Stark is still firing on all cylinders.

To read more about Iron Man’s exploits, check out the Iron Man 3 Junior Novel, available now in Book Clubs!

 

Author Bio: Sean is a managing copywriter for the Scholastic Book Clubs print catalogs. An all-around entertainment junkie, Sean also DJs in his spare time.

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