Iron Man 3
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)
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.