Film Analysis: Iron Man 3


This is #8 of my marvel movie marathon. Tony Stark is traumatized after going into space after the attack in New York and is caught up in building his suits and stopping the middle eastern terrorist of the mandarin. After an explosion putting Happy in the hospital, Stark turns to investigating.

Film Analysis

Film Title
Iron Man 3
Year 2013
Shane Black
Genre Action/Adventure/Sci-fi
If you could work on this film (change it), what would you change and why? I would make Jon Favreau be the director because he always does a fantastic job


1. Who is the protagonist? Iron Man
2. Who is the antagonist? Ivan
3. What is the conflict? Ivan and his Mandarin terrorist group taking over the world
4. What is the theme or central, unifying concept? (summarize in one or two words) Dont put your trust into the world
5. How is the story told (linear, non-linear, with flashbacksflash-forwards, at regular intervals) Linear
6. What “happens” in the plot (Brief description)? Iron Man has to face a terrorist group led by the mandarin until he finds out that the leader is an old acquaintance
7. How does the film influence particular reactions on the part of viewers (sound, editing,
characterization, camera movement, etc.)? Why does the film encourage such
The audience could definitely see the emotional toll that tony took on throughout the entire movie especially after his traumatizing event in new york
8. Is the setting realistic or stylized? What atmosphere does the setting suggest? Do particular objects or settings serve symbolic functions? The setting is realistic but there are a few  stylized events and people because of the fire power.
9. How are the characters costumed and made-up? What does their clothing or makeup reveal about their social standing, ethnicity, nationality, gender, or age? How do costume and makeup convey character? The CGI in the film identify certain characters in this film that have the fire explosive ability
10. How does the lighting design shape our perception of character, space, or mood? darker lighting to show that tony is in a darker period in his life
11. How do camera angles and camera movements shape our view of characters or spaces? What do you see cinematically? closer shots than most marvel movies to make this movie more personal because they want you to connect more with tony and his struggle
12. What is the music’s purpose in the film? How does it direct our attention within the image? How does it shape our interpretation of the image? What stands out about the music? The music in the iron mans movies are iconic and such a good connection with tony and his rock music
13. How might industrial, social, and economic factors have influenced the film? Describe how this film influences or connects to a culture? It shows terrorism which I guess is a culture, not a great one but it is one
14. Give an example of what a film critic had to say about this film. Use credible sources and cite sources.Example: “The Shawshank Redemption Movie Review (1994) | Roger Ebert.” All Content. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 June 2015. “When it comes to spectacle and narrative, Iron Man 3 delivers on its promise and provides a workable post-Avengers standalone superhero storyline.” -James Berardinelli|reelviews May 2, 2013
15. Select one scene no longer than 7 minutes that represents well the whole film and shows relevant cinematic elements. Write a one-sentence description of the scene and record the time of the scene.Example: from 1:05:00 to 1:10:00.

Explain why you chose this scene.

16. In the selected scenewrite a sentence for each of the elements below to justify why this scene best represents the film:
a. Screenwriting: Shows how tony can be a good mentor and a father some day
b. Sound Design: the heating sounds work and add to the effect
c. Camera Movements/Angles: closer shots because there isn’t too much action and there’s less characters in the scenes
d. Light Setup: overhead street lights
e. Soundtrack/Score: no music
18. What’s the socio-cultural context of this film? Deals with terrorism which happened a lot during this time

This worksheet was developed with ideas from many IB Film teachers, thus should remain in the Creative Commons

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