May 3, 2013 at 7:16 pm #87153
I enjoyed watching Iron Man 3, but there were a lot of elements I found distracting and annoying about the plot/structure, and some of the characters.
1. The flashback in the beginning seemed flat and boring.
2. The female character introduced in that opening flashback (trying to avoid spoilers) was given short shrift so when she appears later (to deliver a major twist), the impact was minimal.
3. Tony’s anxiety issues, which started out as strong and meaty plot point, become meaningless about halfway through
4. Call me a cynical meanie, but anytime a kid is called upon to carry a scene, it comes across to me as trite and distracting…not cute.
5. Ben Kingsley was a wasted opportunity. As a fan of his role in Sexy Beast, I was expecting big things..that’s all I can say spoiler free.
Most of the rest of the film I thought was great.Especially the Mark 42 as a character in itself, the interesting twists with Pepper, and Rhodie as a fuller character with a bigger role. But the issues above (and after re-watching Iron Man 1 & 2) left me feeling this was the weaker film in the trilogy. However, it seems I am in a tiny minority.
Am I crazy/blind? If so, just let me know and I’ll sit quietly in the corner until Avengers 2.May 4, 2013 at 10:20 am #87161
Elon James WhiteKey Master
You’re crazy and possibly blind.
- Ben Kingsley was awesome and I thought they used him superbly.
- The opening flashback wasn’t supposed to be anything more than it was. A point of reference. A regular old day for Tony Stark which was the point.
- I disagree with the anxiety whole heatedly.
After watching all of them back to back to back I totally think #IM3 was the best.May 4, 2013 at 10:51 am #87162
Duly noted. :-/May 4, 2013 at 6:07 pm #87178
You’re crazy Funk. The anxiety issues made Tony more of a human. How would you expect a normal person to react to the events that took place in The Avengers. The use of the kid worked also to me because he successfully got Tony to display his more sensitive side. The female character (played by Rebecca Hall) was used properly to me because it forces you to go “wait…what was she an expert at?” while trying to connect all the dots. Honestly, I’m ecstatic about Ben Kingsley’s role because of all the scrutiny following him be cast as The Mandarin.May 4, 2013 at 11:26 pm #87180
The use of Ben Kingsley was excellent…..Nuff said without spoiling. LOL
P, you raise some interesting points. However, everything in every movie falls apart if you view it under a microscope. A comic-book movie needs to be viewed as a comic book.
If you really want to be critical then I ask, “Couldn’t Tony Stark pay the best surgeons in the world to remove bomb shards from his chest many years ago?”May 5, 2013 at 2:14 am #87181
Let me just say, I am not one to nitpick and over criticize when it comes to summer action fare – especially comic book films. I loved the first two Iron Man films; in fact, I’m one of the oddballs who thought Iron Man 2 was a fantastic follow-up to the original. I walked into Iron Man 3 jacked and excited. I left feeling “meh”. Above, is my attempt to explain why. I’m not trying to spoil your fun…just seeing if anybody else felt the same way.May 6, 2013 at 8:29 pm #87352
I didn’t like the kid either but I don’t think he carried the scenes at all. He was only there for Stark to make some amazing jokes (probably the best jokes of the movie to me). I agree Kingsley was wasted but the rest of the movie more than made up for it to me. Pearce was stellar.
The anxiety and PTSD I thought was the best part of the movie and showed the vulnerability of a superhero – something that is hard for any movie about heroes to do.
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