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Ep. 65 — IRON MAN THREE (Summer Movie Series)
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I saw the Iron Man III movie last night. It is
definitely better that Iron Man II. I’d give it
a B grade.
Things I liked: The humor–enjoyed the snappy
dialog which helped make the over the
top action become enjoyed too tedious. Downey
has some good lines. The
banner/relationship between Tony Stark
and the boy was excellent. Shows a potential
fatherly side to Stark, he is not just a egocentric
playboy. This brings up the matter that Ben
raised that we see a growth, a maturing of the
Tony Stark character. He is taking on
responsibility for those around him like
Pepper (he indicates not just being
protective but also being faithful to her).
A private wedding scene would have been nice.
The ending was very rushed but worked. However I
don’t believe for a minute that Tony will never
put on his Iron Man armor again. Enjoyed the
therapy session after the credits ended.
Things I didn’t like: The comic book Mandarin
was a villain with a long history and a worthy
opponent to Iron Man. Was disappointed that
his movie incarnation was just a foil for some
rather nondescript sociopath (albeit super-powered)
from AIM. Like Steve I was disappointed that
the Ben Laden element of the Mandarin was
jettisoned for the more politically correct
AIM flunkies. It seems as if every super hero movie
has to have a giant extravaganza ending battle scene.
I suppose that’s for the video game junkies. The
problem is that after you’ve seen three or four of them
they tend to look basically the same. The supposed
excitement can become boring. The individual
combat between Iron Man (Stark) and the
AIM leader was better that the mass conflagration
slug/blaster fests. I also thought it was a bit odd
that Stark and his friend went up against the
AIM people armed only with handguns. Stan
Lee had to have had the shortest cameo as a
beauty contest judge.
Thanks for keeping the episode short.
Good job, guys.
Just saw it today, and I’d give it a B as well, mostly because of Robert Downey Jr’s performance. Though I thought it felt a little flat otherwise. I’m not that knowledgeable about the comic books, but the bit I knew about the comic version of the Mandarin made the movie version seem a lot less interesting by comparison. And perhaps I was spoiled by The Avengers, but I wanted more all out Iron Man action, and maybe even another team up with War Machine/Iron Patriot. It seemed like every time Tony hopped into a suit it got torn up right away.
Though I agree it is nice to see Tony maturing throughout these films. I’m hoping they’ve developed the character to the point now where they can move away from focusing on his personal problems, and focus on fighting outside threats rather than his internal ones.