So I saw Iron Man 3 the other day and it was a fantastic movie, in my opinion definitely the best of the three. Now, so as not to spoil the movie for those who have not seen it yet, I’m going to write my reactions in the first part of this article, and the spoiler alert section in the second half, which I promise will be clearly marked.
The action scenes in this movie were fantastic if you ask me, so I was really impressed with that. A couple of surprise plot twists that I didn’t even see coming gave some extra drama to the movie, and most of all, I think you really get to see more into the character of Tony Stark. In the first two movies, he’s more of a cocky, doesn’t-take-anything-seriously guy. I felt the first two movies focused more on the plot line then on the development of the characters, while in this one, you can see different elements of his personality, and one could say, who Tony Stark really is. By no means am I saying the first two movies were not good, I thought they were great, but I think that this one was the most successful in telling the story of Iron Man and detailing the character of Tony Stark to those who never read the comics or didn’t know a whole lot about him before the movies, such as myself. No, the movie doesn’t go along 100% with the comics, so be prepared for that, but if you’re not pleased with this movie, I’d be surprised. In my opinion, it’s a great conclusion to the series and aside from The Avengers, it’s the best superhero movie I’ve seen in the last five years.
Now, I’ve always ranked movies on a scale of 0-100 (I don’t know why, I just always have). Here’s the grading scale.
90-100 It’s a great movie and definitely one worth buying.
80-89 It was a pretty good movie and definitely one worth seeing, but it doesn’t quite scratch my top ten percentile.
70-79 It’s okay but I’ve seen better. It has its moments, but it has its flaws, too.
60-69 It’s got plenty wrong with it but I still got enjoyment out of this one.
50-59 This movie isn’t intolerable but it’s not blowing my mind either. I’m trying really hard to get some sort of enjoyment out of this.
40-49 This movie is just mediocre. It’s not doing anything other than the bare minimal, so morbidly boring that sometimes I’m actually angry I watched this.
30-39 Definitely worse than mediocre, the 30’s ironically define the 1930’s, full of depression, lack of accomplishments, poverty and just so dumb.
20-29 What did I just watch? Cliches, stupidity, nothingness, did I mention stupidity? Just…wow.
0-19 Watching this movie resulted in one or more of the following: seizure, loss of brain cells, falling asleep/unconsciousness, feel you wasted your time/day, accomplished nothing for you, left the movie knowing less about it then you did going into it, constantly asking yourself why you came to see this movie, or near-death experience. In short, staring at a wall was just as entertaining as watching this movie. This movie deserved a sticker or a label that said, “WARNING: EXTREME AMOUNT OF SUCKAGE”.
My score for Iron Man 3: 95.
While looking back there were a few unanswered questions, this is a fantastic movie that is a must-see and must-buy.
Iron Man 3 (Review) (vectoristreviews.wordpress.com)
*SPOILER ALERT* IF YOU DON’T WANT THE MOVIE SPOILED, STOP READING!!!!!!!!!
As I said a couple of times above, I loved the character development with Tony Stark. While that did mean seeing less of Pepper Potts in this one compared to the first two, I was okay with that. Then Pepper died, and I was like “wow, that sucks”. I’m thankful that she survived but I’ll be honest when I say had she died, I think I still would have loved the movie. The Mandarin guy being an actor was a huge surprise to me, just because in the videos he seemed so menacing. This movie made Stark a regular person, just like everyone else, something I liked because it showed how he related to the public. As for example, in this movie he developed anxiety attacks and interacts with regular people like that little kid. I loved that kid by the way and thought he added something special to the film. While my brother didn’t like the scenes where Stark was shooting guns and not in his suit, I didn’t mind it just because it showed him battling adversity, showing he could still get crap down without his suit. Many people say Tony Stark isn’t even a candidate for the best superhero ever because without his suit he’s nothing. This movie proved otherwise. In the end, Stark has the metal taken out of his heart, which severely aggravated my brother, who claimed that that never happened in the comics, and Stark destroying his suits angered him, too, because then how can he be ready for the next conflict? In the end, I feel it was an event similar to Spider-Man throwing out his suit in Spider-Man 2. Yeah, he doesn’t have his suit on him, but when the time’s right or he’s needed, he’ll come back. Finally, at the end of the movie, Stark says something to the effect of “in the end, the suit was just a cocoon. I am Iron Man.” I really liked this quote because the suit helped shield his true self from the outside world and when he didn’t have the suit in the third movie, it allowed his personality to truly shine. Like I said, great movie.