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Iron Man 3 – Review

8 May

It’s so nice to see old friends again, granted the old friends I’m talking about are characters in a Marvel movie. But you know what, I don’t think that’s so weird. Through all the Iron Man films, I’ve grown really attached to Tony, Pepper, James, and even Jarvis. Here they are again, all returning for the highly anticipated Iron Man 3, the kick starter of the summer movie season. If this movie is any indication of what the summer’s going to be like, then it’s gonna be great overall, with a very punishing disappointment…

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Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) hasn’t been doing so well since the events of The Avengers, which makes a lot of sense since he went into a wormhole to set off a nuclear bomb and save New York City. The stress and anxiety has also took a toll on the love of his life, Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow), who can’t seem to take the nervous outbursts and distance of Tony. Their world literally seems to come crashing down with the threat of a new global terrorist, the Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley), as bombs begin detonating all over America. Tony wages a one man war against the Mandarin, only to realize that his past is back to haunt him in the form of Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), who adds another layer to the Mandarin threat that no one could have expected.

I could start with what I really enjoyed about the movie and how it had some of the best moments than any of the Iron Man movies to date, but I think I’m going to start with something else. Yes, this part will contain spoilers, but it is absolutely essential for me to get this off my arc reactor.

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Ok, so halfway through the movie, Tony Stark finds the Mandarin’s hideout and goes there to kick some terrorist ass. Cool, right? The first meeting! It would be cool, except it turns out that the Mandarin is some low life, junky actor hired by Aldrich Killian to distract the powers that be from his nefarious plot. So… the Mandarin’s a joke? Is that it? He’s not real? Killian’s not the Mandarin, although he has some traits that can be attributed to the Mandarin. The real one isn’t real at all. What in the world were they thinking? At first I couldn’t take this. It was all just too much to handle, but as the movie went on I kinda got used to it and thought it was a little clever. There’s still this taste in the back of my throat that I just can’t get rid of whenever I think about how the Mandarin gets treated.

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The rest of this movie is really intense, though. In fact, I’d say this is the most intense Avengers tie-in to date. There are parts in this movie that really pull on your heart strings and remind you how much you really care for these characters. I can guarantee you that you will forget how to breath during a couple of Iron Man 3‘s more intense moments. Shane Black is an accomplished director who has a knack of creating action films that are charged with humor, his most popular being the Lethal Weapon series. My personal favorite of his is Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. This movie is loaded with humor, even at the heaviest of moments just to remind us that Tony has it under control.

But he really doesn’t have it under control. The most effective scenes are the intimate moments of weakness that we very rarely see with Stark. The past three movies that he’s been in, he’s been the overconfident one who knows how to handle a situation. In Iron Man 3, there were times where I really didn’t think he was going to make it through this whole thing ok. That’s what makes this movie so good. Stark’s character is built to such a degree that I’m really curious where they’re going to go from here.

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Is Iron Man 3 better than the first? It just may be, if not, it’s very close. There’s only one glaring, obnoxious problem in the movie that I’m still very unsure of. The rest of the movie is top notch summer entertainment. I can’t really let one thing bring the entire movie down. Proportionally, that just doesn’t make sense. As a start to the summer blockbuster, it’s great and puts me right in the mood for the new Thor movie. Let’s keep these superheroes coming.

 

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Build-up to the Avengers – Iron Man 1 & 2

12 Apr

One of my favorite film reviewers, Jeremy Jahns (http://www.youtube.com/user/jeremyjahns?ob=4&feature=results_main), is gearing up for The Avengers by reviewing the films leading up to it. I kinda want to give that a try myself so here’s my review of Iron Man and Iron Man 2.

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is a defense contractor in charge of Stark Industries who is known for his loose cannon, devil may care attitude. While on a job in Afghanistan, Stark is captured by terrorists and forced to build them a version of his Jericho Missile. Instead, Stark constructs a giant iron suit and escapes. After this incident, he decides to go into the business of peace keeping instead of “arms dealing” and becomes the superhero, Iron Man. Not everyone is too thrilled about this decision, especially his mentor and second in command, Obadiah Stane who will stop at nothing to take charge of the company and remove Tony.

While The Dark Knight may be the greatest comic book film ever made, Iron Man certainly comes close. The strength of this film’s story is that it doesn’t rely too heavily on overblown action and special effects, but on the origin story and development of the characters. This make the film not only entertaining, but also interesting and relatable.

Robert Downey Jr. was made for this role. He is a great actor who really puts a lot of his personality into his characters, but his Tony Stark is hysterical and sympathetic, but can definitely not be very likable. Jeff Bridges shows talent as Obadiah Stane, and the massive character arc from friend to enemy. Terrance Howard is kind of forgettable, but Gwyneth Paltrow shines as Pepper Potts.

When there is action, it is intense and exciting with incredible special effects that will leave your mouth hanging open with sheer joy. Iron Man should not be missed and it is definitely more than just popcorn entertainment. It is an exciting film with surprisingly layered characters and themes of peace vs. war.

With Iron Man setting the bar so high, the pressure was on for Iron Man 2. If anyone says that the second film was better than the first, they are lying to you, but make no mistake, Iron Man 2 is still a fun and above average action flick.

Tony Stark did something that not many superheroes do: reveal his secret identity. Well, he’s loving all the attention he is getting and using his elevated fame to his business advantage. Everything seems to be going great until Ivan Vanko (Micky Rourke) begins attacking Stark and accusing him of not sharing the profits of the new Iron Man technology and the subsequent arc reactor. Meanwhile, Nick Fury approaches Stark with an offer to join a new team that is being assembled.

Iron Man 2 has a lot of ups and a few downs. The middle part of the film is bogged down with a lot of scenes that are unnecessary and that can drag on for a little too long. There also seems to be more of a focus on action and flashy-CGI than characters and development. While Iron Man can be seen as more than just cheap entertainment, Iron Man 2 is definitely a summer popcorn flick.

Robert Downey Jr. is still great in this one, and Sam Rockwell’s Justin Hammer’s addition to the villainy is great. He is a perfect complement to Rourke’s physical intimidation as a weak but sneaky businessman who is only in it for himself.

The effects and action are really great and a lot of fun. If you blink during one of the more intense scenes, you might miss something really cool. Iron Man 2 is a quick, fun, but weaker installment in the Marvel Franchise films. I definitely recommend both of these films, but prefer the first. Still, the characters, action, and special effects are enough to please any action fan.