By LAUREN HODGES
It’s just before the boom of summer and not many family movies are out there right now. In this lull of family-friendly movies, we might be enticed to take the kiddos to something with a PG-13 rating, but think twice before jumping on the bandwagon with Iron Man 3!
If your children are younger than 13 and have already seen the first two movies of the Iron Man franchise, then I’m sure you’ll see no problem with taking them to see this one – and who am I to say that’s such a bad thing. However, if your children are not familiar with the Iron Man movies, I would strongly consider waiting on this one until they’re just a little bit older and able to handle the heavy scenes.
We all know that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and his girlfriend, Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow), make appearances again for this third installment of Iron Man, but this time nearly the entire movie revolves around their relationship and Tony’s desire to keep her safe from threatening terrorists. Within this plot there are a series of bombings that a man called the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), a terrorist, takes full credit for and threatens more on America. Tony Stark’s home compound is destroyed and he sets out in search of answers as to why the Mandarin is out to get him, all the while protecting Pepper.
I don’t want to spoil many of the key surprise elements within this movie so I will leave it with this: it does have spectacular special effects and an end fight scene that steals the show. In all of its cinematic glory though, it’s my opinion many of the scenes are very violent, some with situations that are very similar to recent events shown on the news.
I strongly caution taking young children under the age of 12 to see this movie. While originally derived from a comic story about a hero in a suit, Iron Man has become almost too close to reality for comfort. Best leave this one for the older crowd.
I give this 3 stars out of 5.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Lauren Hodges is a mom of four – a toddler, 10, 12 and 15 – living in Granger. Although she likes to keep it simple and prefers family reading time and trips to the library over watching TV – movie night is alive and well. Her movie reviews are from a mom’s perspective.)