This past weekend I was able to see the summer’s first blockbuster Iron Man 3. I have to be honest, half of my enjoyment was seeing a movie of the caliber at a theater where there was assigned seating, so I avoided the nasty rush of the line to both concessions and seats.
This fact failed to appeal to other patrons of the movie. We had gotten there slightly early out of sheer anticipation, and joined around twenty other people also waiting for our theater to be ready. The ticket taker, a very happy over the top but enjoyable fellow named Brion (as per his name tag), told everyone they could line up. For a show starting in 25 minutes and with assigned seating, what do you think everyone else did? Yep, they lined up. An exhibition in the sheeple mentality if there ever was one.
Did I mention the seats are leather and recline? Yep. That’s how I rolled for IM3.
As for the actual movie, well I have to be honest here, it was FANTASTIC. It acted more as a follow-up to The Avengers than a sequel to the sequel Iron Man 2. Having heard the critics, I agree that it was better than IM2 but still not as good as IM1.
I think the main reason behind this short coming is because Tony Stark, obviously psychologically affected from the events of The Avengers, just wasn’t as snarky as Stark should be. Sure he had some great one-liners, but not that many. Maybe this was on purpose, to show the damage to his psyche, but he just seemed to lack his usual snappy pizzazz.
I think the secondary reason behind this short coming was that the movie was set during the Christmas season. Watching the smashing and bashing occur through some decorated sets, but surprisingly not others, sort of led to a disjointed feeling.
I also had a deep disappointment with what they did with The Mandarin. Don’t get confused, I thought Ben Kingsley was absolutely fabulous. I thought that they had nailed the menace The Mandarin is, especially in those broadcasts he did. Then they took the proverbial dump all over the character, but it was indeed a comedic dump that did have me chuckling a bit. It leaves me in doubt for an Iron Man 4, because THAT was an arch-enemy you could have built a trilogy on of its own.
With that said, the climax was extremely climactic. While I’m sure most people who suffer from the disease would disagree, it’s amazing what insomnia can do for your creative juices in cinema. As the screen darkens and the credits roll… you need to wait. You need to wait because you will not find complete closure to this movie until you see the “Easter Egg” after the credits. It actually explains why the movie starts the way it does, and while most people wanted a glimpse into the future, I thought it was a perfect moment encapsulating the Iron Man Trilogy.
Have you seen Iron Man 3? What did you think of it?