Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Iron Man 3

Directed by Shane Black
Written by Shane Black & Drew Pearce

     The Iron Man franchise from Marvel keeps trucking along with another mega blockbuster actioneer with Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man in Iron Man 3. It is just another big budget film. There was nothing ground breaking or substantial from a cinematic standpoint at all. I have not read or followed the comics, so there might be more or less there than I am aware of but this is just more escapist, CGI filled summer entertainment to feed the masses. Keep the money rolling in and the fans satisfied with enjoyable flying heroes and long action set pieces and all will be fine in Hollywood.
     I have never really been blown away by any of these films and never felt like I was seeing anything new. They are just films that sell an enormous amount of tickets and contain numerous amounts of action and battles. So what else to say about Iron Man 3. It was too long, boring and that ending seemed like it was never going to end. Nothing new about a battle between good and evil in a shipyard and loading dock. Disappoint ensues. Robert Downey, Jr., who is a very talented and acutely timed comedic actor is good but his talents would be better served in meaningful films. Wait, like is great turn in Shane Black's good film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and the wonderful Zodiac from the equally wonderful David Fincher.
     The third, and even though rumors suggest this will be the last Iron Man film, I'm sure Marvel will flash those dollars signs in front of Downey and try and get him to return for a fourth installment, has Tony Stark/Iron Man going through a rough patch with his main girl Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and humorous bouts of anxiety. The story occurs after the events in The Avengers and Stark realizes  there are greater forces in the universe and he is only a man in an expensive suit. To avoid the ups and downs of love and the realities of life, he fills his time in his workshop until a new villain is upon him and the world, The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). As the film goes on you do not have to be a rocket scientist to see where the story is going. Nothing new or original. Oh yeah. Downey I can see coming back for a fourth. That's too much money to pass up and that's pretty much all Hollywood is worried about right now. Thats completely evident with this film and series.
     Yes, yes. I am ranting a bit and Downey is still wonderful with his sarcastic wit and humor. There are some enjoyable, funny scenes with a younger kid played by Ty Simpkins. The timing is perfect and Simpkins goes word for word with the fast talking Downey when they are attempting to get through some small town moments. Ben Kingsley plays it well with a sinister tone and has a silly twist towards the end. Guy Pearce, who plays Aldrich Killian, is good in his role as a developer of an enhanced form of genetics that can grow body parts back. Actually, he works alongside Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall) in creating and using this new technology that The Mandarin will use at his will. Blah, blah, blah.
     I never could get involved or cared for any of the characters in Iron Man 3. It felt basically boring and stupid. I am not at all familiar with the comics so I have no idea of how these plot lines and characters play out in some of the stories but this was just an over bloated Hollywood film that was strictly made to grow the bank accounts of its star and the studio, and keep eyes visually satisfied without thinking too much. I do not want to devalue the fact that there is anything wrong with action, CGI filled films that are mainly made for the masses and escapist cinema. Go and watch it if you like films that do not make you think and do not give any sense of the growth of cinema. It is just not my cup of tea, but it is what it is and nothing more. To each there own.

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