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Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3 

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Director: Shane Black
Writer: Drew Pearce, Shane Black
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle

 

Plot: A terrorist known as the Manadrin launches a personal attack on Tony Stark that leaves him searching for answers.

 

 

Rate It: (0 -3 Guys)

 

Adam:

1andHalfGuys

 

Scotty:

2guys copy

 

Griff:

2guys copy

 

 

So what did you think?  

Adam – Plenty of action and explosions if you are into that kind of thing, Downey delivers some funny one liners.  A lame villain, Iron Man fireworks, goofy subplots and a poor story drag down the film to the level of mildly entertaining summer time fun.

Scotty - Overall Iron Man 3 delivered a decent viewing experience but it was far from what I was hoping for, the story was a bit slow and I felt some of it was a bit over the top, even for a high budget action flick.  There were moments of humor and incredible action but there were also plenty of moments of boredom and blah.

Griff – Iron Man 3 is a nice segue into the summer action movies. Plenty of action, some great special effects and genuinely funny moments. But, like most movies of this ilk, it doesn’t hold up well to inspection. If you go in just looking for some good escapist action, you will not be disappointed.

 

 

Any thoughts before you saw the movie? 

Adam – It has got to be better than Iron Man 2.  Will this be the film where they explore Starks alcoholism?  Will Marvel introduce some new characters from its enormous stable of characters in this movie? How crazy and evil is the Mandarin going to be?

Scotty – I was excited to get into the summer blockbuster swing and hoping for an Avengers like experience.

Griff – To be honest I was pretty ambivalent about this one. I saw it had a decent rating and I enjoyed the first two films but I just wasn’t fired up for this one for some reason.

 

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Did you think this movie was fresh and/or innovative? 

Adam – Getting a chance to check out the numerous Iron Man Armor types was pretty nerd-tastic. This film benefits from a lot of pent up fan goodwill.  I wanted to love the film before even walking into the theater but there is not much new or innovative to be seen in this one.

Scotty - Some interesting plot twists and some cool technology used throughout.  That being said it is tough to be too innovative when it is the 3rd of the series but it did what it could.

Griff – It is tough to say that this is fresh when we are talking about Iron Man 3. It does do some interesting things with the character though and the cgi was top notch.

 

 

Did you think the script was well written? 

Adam – A sleek veneer of coolness  and bombastic special effects can’t hide the fact that the film is empty at its core.  The scriptwriters also made the asinine decision to devote a lot of time to that old standby; introduce the cute superfluous kid to interact with the hero.  A few portions of this film also drift precariously into MacGyver territory.  Also without giving away any spoilers, the film includes a really lame MacGuffin.

Scotty – I thought the script was decent but I had some real issues with Pepper’s storyline, the best writing was with the interactions with the kid in Tennessee and the brief interactions with The Mandarin.

Griff - I liked that they spent some time separating the man from the costume. They focused on Stark as an individual and he was forced to figure some things out without the help of Iron Man. I thought this made for some of the more interesting aspects of the film.

 

 

Was there a performance you really liked or really hated? 

Adam – Downey was solid in his believable performance as Stark/Iron Man.  His Impeccable timing and comedic delivery helped to buoys the film.  I would like to point out that I did not hate Gwyneth Paltrow in this movie which was a refreshing change.

Scotty – Not a fan of Gwyneth Paltrow here and I actually thought that this was Robert Downey’s weakest performance as Tony Stark.   What seemed like a natural fit in the first two seemed a bit forced here.  I did, however like Kingsley as The Mandarin and thought Guy Peirce was a decent bad guy, not as loathsome as Peirce’s role in Lawless but still done well.

Griff - I am not a Gwyneth hater like the other guys and thought she did a nice job again as Pepper. Robert Downey is Iron Man as far as I am concerned and I can’t see anyone else in the role. Guy Peirce is a great actor but I haven’t been happy with his choices lately and this role here isn’t doing anything to change my mind. Where is the guy that was  in Memento? Also I have a small crush on Rebecca Hall ever since Vicky Cristina Barcelona so I always enjoy seeing her in a movie.

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Do you remember a song from the film?

Adam -  They played Jingle Bells about ten times in the film and I don’t think I heard a decent version once.  If you are going to have Jingle Bells in your film you better go with  Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters.  No one wore a cardigan better or sang the tune with such aplomb than Bing Fucking Crosby.

Scotty - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Griff - I have to go with Blue (Da Ba Dee) by Eiffel 65

 

 

What was your favorite line? 

Adam – “Walk away from that, you son of a bitch!”

Scotty – “I don’t even like working here, they are so weird”

Griff – “Dads leave. No need to be such a pussy about it.”

 

 

What would have made this a better movie?

Adam - better script, a legitimate villain, cut down on the goofy subplots, not turning the Iron Man armor into a fireworks display, resisting the urge to sink the film into a swamp of Spielberg schmaltz and sentimentality to just pick a few issues off the top of my head.

Scotty – The first act was a little slow and the tie up at the end seemed a little hokey, so fixing that may have made the film better.

Griff - There are some huge holes in the plot and some actions that make no sense. It’s a sequel so everything has to be bigger and larger by law but they could have spent a little more money on working through the plot and little less on CGI.

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Is it worth seeing in the theater? Or could you have waited for the DVD/Stream?

Adam - It is a good two hours of mildly entertaining fun at the the theater.

Scotty – If you like the series then get out to see it in the theater, I saw it in 3D but I think it was not necessary.

Griff – It’s a spectacle and the first of the summer blockbusters. They are meant to be seen in the theater.

 

 

What other movies would you recommend if someone enjoyed this film? 

Adam – My favorite super hero film is The Watchmen (2009) and V for Vendetta (2005) is a good watch as well.

Scotty – Of course the other 2 Iron Man’s and also any other Avengers film.

Griff - Last years Avengers movie is good choice since it has some loose tie-ins with this movie. I always like to throw in an oldie so how about the original Superman movie from way back in 1978?

 

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Any final thoughts on this movie? 

Adam – Two quick things, stick around for the super long credits to get a look at a bonus scene featuring Bruce Banner and Tony Stark.  Not sure if everyone spotted it but there is an easter egg where Man-Thing’s evil wife makes an appearance in the film as one of the AIM agents (Brandt).  Does this mean Marvel has a Man-Thing film in the works?  Would that mean that they might also make a Werewolf by Night and or a Morbius The living Vampire film?  I for one hope so.

Scotty – I was a little let down with Iron Man 3, It was action packed at times and a decent watch but I was far from enthralled with the film.  There were fewer laughs than the others and as I stated earlier, Pepper’s storyline was hokey.   I am not saying that the film is not worth a watch but do not go in thinking it is going to blow your mind; at least it did not blow my mind.

Griff - If you don’t spend a lot of time examining the plot, (and you shouldn’t) you will have a good time with Iron Man 3. It is pretty much what you would expect from the third installment from the franchise. This film isn’t going to wow anyone beyond belief but it’s not going to disappoint fans of the franchise either.

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  • Fogs' Movie Reviews May 10, 2013, 4:53 pm

    I’m with Adam on this one, he seems to come across as the harshest – not that any of you comes across as big fans, necessarily. It was a let down, to me there’s no way around it (Sorry Griff, I didnt WANT to examine the plot, but when its as lame as this, my brain HAD to LOL) Scotty- I agree, RDJ came across a little tired here at times. Maybe its just that he’s getting old now. :(

    Im not a Paltrow hater, but I did have to shake my head at what they did with her character here… especially in the finale :roll:

    • Griff May 10, 2013, 5:12 pm

      What was it Will Rogers said? “There is only one thing that can kill the movies, and that’s education?” :-D
      Agreed it’s tough to let some of the goings on here slide. This is usually the kind of thing I would butcher. I don’t know if I am just in a good mood cause it’s spring time or if my expectations were just so low that it couldn’t possibly disappoint me.

  • Chris May 10, 2013, 8:35 pm

    I probably side most with Griff on this one. The movie did have a few issues, but nothing I wasn’t able to overlook. I just thought this movie was a blast.

    • Adam May 13, 2013, 9:01 am

      There were a lot of fireworks ;-)

  • nediunedited May 11, 2013, 1:16 am

    I loved it! I know I am in the minority around my blogger community–but, at least the folks around me agree–we can love it freely! LOL

    I had a blast–and RDJ is Iron Man, indeed. Favorite line, among a few (that is now used when appropriate)–”You feel that? We’re done here.”

    Great write up, guys! Later! :D

    • Adam May 13, 2013, 9:02 am

      Don’t judge the love is one of my favorite sayings ;-)

  • Keith May 11, 2013, 6:54 am

    Good breakdown fellas. I had fun with the movie but overall I was disappointed. For me Black does more to detract than add to the franchise. I particularly hated the Mandarin “twist”. This think could have been so much more. Even the after credits scene was YAWN!

    Good job guys!

    • Adam May 13, 2013, 9:03 am

      Keith I was pretty irritated that we stuck around post credits for that. Lamest, Marvel post credit scene yet IMO

  • Tim The Film Guy May 11, 2013, 9:21 am

    Just needed a much better and focused villain, the twists and stuff just annoyed me :(

    • Adam May 13, 2013, 9:04 am

      Tim the Mandarin could have been cool but they decided to go one twist too far with his character.

  • mummbles May 11, 2013, 10:23 pm

    I saw this for the second time today, the first time I wasn’t thrilled but still liked it somewhat. The second time I enjoyed it even more and picked up on some small things I missed the first time. Overall the movie is enjoyable. I wasn’t thrilled with the ending and I didn’t like that it doesn’t set up Avengers 2 in anyway.

    • Adam May 13, 2013, 9:04 am

      Mumbles I may end up giving this another watch as my boy has been bugging me about checking it out.

  • Monkeyboy May 12, 2013, 5:10 pm

    Agree with the overall consensus that it could have been better. I feel the movie went rapidly downhill after the twist, and the climatic action scene was a bit of a boring mess. I think I actually nodded off for a couple of seconds during the final fight.

    • Adam May 13, 2013, 9:06 am

      Monkeyboy, agreed that last battle went off to crazy town.

  • ruth May 12, 2013, 8:28 pm

    Great review guys! This actually beats my expectations but I didn’t really expect much to begin with. I’m with Scotty that I like Kingsley as The Mandarin. Oh and yeah, I love this line “Dads leave. No need to be such a pussy about it.” It’s such a hoot that Stark treats the kid just like anybody else!

    • Adam May 13, 2013, 9:07 am

      Ruth that was a good line, I almost wish that was his only interaction with that kid. I liked Kingsley, but I wish they had gone all in with him.

  • BrikHaus May 13, 2013, 8:20 am

    I personally can’t stand Paltrow, so it’s interesting to see she isn’t horrendous in this movie like she normally is. I haven’t seen it yet, but from your opinions, I don’t think I’ll be rushing out to the theater any time soon.

    • Adam May 13, 2013, 9:09 am

      Brik, it is not the worst thing I have watched at the theater this year. However, you are spot on about not rushing out to the theater to watch it.

  • SidekickReviews May 13, 2013, 11:02 pm

    I agree Peppers storyline is hokey but overall liked it more than most blogger reviews I’ve read.

    • Adam May 14, 2013, 2:30 pm

      Thats cause you are too nice ;-)

  • kevin clare May 16, 2013, 12:45 pm

    i liked it, that’s all I have to say really as there are so many polar views on IM3 that its to be respected that all have a view on it, basically it seems the whole world has seen it now. Many lovers, many haters.

    • Adam May 16, 2013, 12:49 pm

      Kevin I would not say I loved or hated it, more of a one night stand sort of film for me ;-)

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