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Review: Iron Man 3 (Chris Bumbray's take)

May. 2, 2013by: Chris Bumbray

(click here to read JimmyO's review)

PLOT: Not long after helping save the world as part of The Avengers, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has retreated to his mansion, obsessively building new Iron Man suits, while ignoring his beloved Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). Meanwhile, the U.S is being threatened by a series of bombings by a mad terrorist who calls himself The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). When one of his ruthless acts of terror hits too close to home, Stark dares The Mandarin and his minions to attack him, with explosive results.

REVIEW: IRON MAN 3 has the unenviable task of following THE AVENGERS, which has gone down in box office history as one of the highest grossing films of all time (not adjusted for inflation, it sits at number 3 domestically, right behind AVATAR and TITANIC, making it the highest grossing film not directed by James Cameron). After watching Iron Man fight an otherworldly menace alongside Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, and the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, how’s a solo film going to fare?

Pretty damn well actually. Rather than try to go bigger than THE AVENGERS (which is a task best left to AVENGERS 2), IRON MAN 3 is wisely scaled down, honing-in on the franchise’s greatest asset- Robert Downey Jr. If it wasn’t for his career-redefining performance in the first film, THE AVENGERS would have probably never happened. The biggest problem with IRON MAN 2 was that the director, Jon Favreau, was shackled by having to include too much exposition in order to set up the first phase of THE AVENGERS franchise, resulting in a film that felt more like IRON MAN 1.5, or THE AVENGERS 0.5. That does not happen this time.

Whatever Phase 2 of the Marvel Universe is going to be, not much time is spent on it here, with the focus being squarely on Tony Stark, and his relationship with the three people closest to him, Pepper, Rhodey (Don Cheadle) and Happy (Jon Favreau, in an expanded role now that he’s no longer behind the camera). Truly, this is a stand-alone installment. One of the coolest things about IRON MAN 3 is the fact that Marvel, in an inspired choice, recruited writer/director Shane Black to take the helm. Already a legendary screenwriter (LETHAL WEAPON, THE LAST BOY SCOUT, THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT), Black’s KISS KISS BANG BANG is arguably the film that gave Downey Jr the juice he needed to win IRON MAN. The two already worked brilliantly together once, and again with Black at the helm, their styles mesh perfectly.

KISS KISS BANG BANG was a bit of a multi-genre mash up (a great one mind you), but Black’s tailored his style to fit the IRON MAN/AVENGERS franchise, although there’s still a few flashes of his humor here and there, with the movie opening with Eiffel 65’s nineties hit “I’m Blue” played back-to-back with Lou Bega’s “Mambo Number 5” (don’t worry- it all makes sense). Black also devotes a significant amount of time to exploring Stark’s post-AVENGERS mentality, with him having been badly shaken by the battle in New York where suddenly he was fighting aliens alongside a God and a giant green monster. It’s a nice touch, and I like that towards the middle, Stark is forced to spend a significant amount of time fighting the villains outside his suit, relying more on his ingenuity and cleverness than his billion dollar toys.

However, don’t be fooled into thinking IRON MAN 3 is somehow lacking in the action department. While Black’s maybe never directed a huge action film, he’s written plenty of them, and definitely knows how to stage major action scenes. A helicopter attack on Stark’s mansion is maybe one of the best action scenes in the franchise (including THE AVENGERS), and I was surprised at the level of carnage they managed to pack into a PG-13, although some of that is offset by a bit of a tacked-on subplot pairing Stark with a precocious ten-year-old (which I’m sure gave them leverage to make the film a bit rougher than other installments).

While undoubtedly IRON MAN 3 is Downey Jr’s show in a way THE AVENGERS couldn’t really be due to the ensemble of heroes, the rest of the series’ regulars get plenty to do. Paltrow’s part as Pepper Potts is greatly expanded here, as is her tumultuous relationship with Stark. Don Cheadle is back as War Machine, re-christened “Iron Patriot” and gets in on most of the major action set pieces. His buddy-buddy give and take with Downey Jr is even better here than it was in IRON MAN 2, and after this I imagine a lot of fans will be hoping Iron Patriot gets drafted into THE AVENGERS (why not?).

The new additions are a little more hit and miss. As The Mandarin, Kingsley’s performance is no doubt going to be wildly controversial, but it’s a ballsy approach, and I absolutely loved him in it. Guy Pearce is solid as billionaire inventor Aldrich Killian, although wasn’t the whole dark side of Tony Stark thing done with Sam Rockwell in 2? Rebecca Hall is pretty much wasted in a small part as one of Stark’s old flings, although another newbie, James Badge Dale, is really good as a mercenary henchman who has a great scene with Favs’ Happy early on. It’s also neat seeing cool character actors like William Sadler and Miguel Ferrer show up as the president, and vice-president, respectively.

Thanks to the hefty $200 million plus budget, you can also expect some really great visuals, although as per the other Marvel films, the 3D conversion is only so-so (although it’s improving). The up-and-coming Brian Tyler also contributes a really solid score, which I’d wager is the best Marvel soundtrack since Henry Jackman’s work on X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. In a departure from the other movies, there’s no AC/DC or classic rock tunes here, although this suits Black’s approach, and keeps it from feeling like they were trying to emulate Jon Favreau’s style too much.

Obviously, if you loved the other Marvel films, you can reasonably assume that you’ll have a great time with IRON MAN 3, even though some purists may object to some of the twists and turns Black and company have managed to incorporate. For me, these twists are what makes IRON MAN 3 standout from the pack a bit, and I’d love to see Black and Downey Jr return for another solo round with the character. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see whether this happens. If it doesn’t, IRON MAN 3 would be a fitting, and very solid way to close out the first phase of this series. That said, I have a feeling we’ll see more of Tony Stark in some incarnation before long.

Extra Tidbit: Don't you dare leave before the end credits are over.
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1:41AM on 05/10/2013

shocked!

C-Bum! w o w...I can't believe you gave this garbage movie such a high rating!! I have for the most part completely agreed with you on all of your movie reviews for the past many years - and now I can't believe you gave this an EIGHT/ten. Now I'm not hating on you or anything just shocked that you warranted this scattered plot of a movie such a high rating. To each their own (but now I can no longer blindly trust in your reviews)
C-Bum! w o w...I can't believe you gave this garbage movie such a high rating!! I have for the most part completely agreed with you on all of your movie reviews for the past many years - and now I can't believe you gave this an EIGHT/ten. Now I'm not hating on you or anything just shocked that you warranted this scattered plot of a movie such a high rating. To each their own (but now I can no longer blindly trust in your reviews)
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10:51PM on 05/04/2013

Spoliers

Hated it! The villain twist was terrible (I hate politics), Iron partriot was crippled with a handshake (lame) and you barely see any Iron man action the whole time and it's mostly with his new crappy suit that isn't working. I was also hoping for a start to the next avengers storyline but that also wasn't there. VERY dissapointing.
Hated it! The villain twist was terrible (I hate politics), Iron partriot was crippled with a handshake (lame) and you barely see any Iron man action the whole time and it's mostly with his new crappy suit that isn't working. I was also hoping for a start to the next avengers storyline but that also wasn't there. VERY dissapointing.
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10:01AM on 05/04/2013

Just like Batman Begins

Why is everyone hating on the Mandarin's portrayal here? This is nothing different than what they did with Ra's Al Ghul in Batman Begins.

I side with polarboy on this one. Guy Pearce played the character brilliantly. The only complaint I had was whether or not he was tied in with the Ten Rings terrorist cell from the first movie.
Why is everyone hating on the Mandarin's portrayal here? This is nothing different than what they did with Ra's Al Ghul in Batman Begins.

I side with polarboy on this one. Guy Pearce played the character brilliantly. The only complaint I had was whether or not he was tied in with the Ten Rings terrorist cell from the first movie.
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7:29PM on 05/04/2013
"This is nothing different than what they did with Ra's Al Ghul in Batman Begins."....Dude, it's totally different. Wayne was being trained by Ra's Al Ghul, but he of course wanted to keep it a secret that he was really Ra's Al Ghul because Wayne wasn't part of the League of Shadows yet.
"This is nothing different than what they did with Ra's Al Ghul in Batman Begins."....Dude, it's totally different. Wayne was being trained by Ra's Al Ghul, but he of course wanted to keep it a secret that he was really Ra's Al Ghul because Wayne wasn't part of the League of Shadows yet.
1:19AM on 05/04/2013
I liked it and it is better than Iron Man 2, but I'm still having issues with some of the things that was reveal. Overall though, it was great. Thought the last battle was awesome. Also, that flight rescue scene was SWEET.
I liked it and it is better than Iron Man 2, but I'm still having issues with some of the things that was reveal. Overall though, it was great. Thought the last battle was awesome. Also, that flight rescue scene was SWEET.
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1:56AM on 05/03/2013

--- MAJOR SPOILERS ---- MAJOR SPOILERS --- MAJOR SPOILERS!!!

--- MAJOR SPOILERS ---- MAJOR SPOILERS --- MAJOR SPOILERS!!!

I didn't expect this film to get so much heat from moviegoers. The reviews seem to be great across the board, but fans seem to be freaking out. I've seen the film 3 times now and absolutely love it. I can understand why some people would hate the big twist (and even the post-credits scene) but I really liked both.

Now, about the big twist (again, SPOILERS!!!), I get why some people would be mad, but I think you're not seeing
--- MAJOR SPOILERS ---- MAJOR SPOILERS --- MAJOR SPOILERS!!!

I didn't expect this film to get so much heat from moviegoers. The reviews seem to be great across the board, but fans seem to be freaking out. I've seen the film 3 times now and absolutely love it. I can understand why some people would hate the big twist (and even the post-credits scene) but I really liked both.

Now, about the big twist (again, SPOILERS!!!), I get why some people would be mad, but I think you're not seeing the big picture. Like I said in a response below, Kingsley was never The Mandarin. It was Killian from the start. They didn't "f*ckup The Mandarin", they just curveballed us into thinking he was a different character. The Mandarin isn't a joke. He never was. He just used a caricature of his own fascination towards ancient Chinese symbolism to serve as his "public face". The real Mandarin worked from within the shadows.

Plus, he could breathe fire, could rapidly heal, and knows more about the universe (Thanos) and the Nine Realms than he's letting on. We see this when he shows us the hologram of the universe and then switches to the live feed of his brain. He's a twisted genius. And he's very powerful. I'm also pretty sure he'll be back (hopefully in The Avengers), so maybe then we'll get to see him go fullblown 'dragon' on someone.

I know it's not what everyone saw coming, but it isn't terrible either. Look at it from another angle and it's actually pretty amazing. Plus, it's Guy Pearce, c'mon! If Kingsley isn't being Mandarin, who else could you hope for.
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1:06AM on 05/04/2013
Thank god! Exactly! You said it perfectly! Please don't forget about Killian's dragon tattoos, which are a huge boast o this battle I don't understand we're even having.
Thank god! Exactly! You said it perfectly! Please don't forget about Killian's dragon tattoos, which are a huge boast o this battle I don't understand we're even having.
1:02AM on 05/03/2013

Spoilers ahead, don't read if you don't want to be spoiled.

Before you read, I didn't hate Iron Man 3, it wasn't bad, and it was pretty faithful to the extremis storyline, but okay here we go...last warning...SPOILERS AHEAD:

Alright, Mandarin was BUTCHERED in this movie. I couldn't believe when he was just some 'dum-dum' hired to act like a terrorist on camera. Even by some of the lines dropped in the trailer and as an audience member you're thinkin' "Holy fuck, Manadarin's going to fuck so much shit up" and then...BOOM...just nothing! I completely
Before you read, I didn't hate Iron Man 3, it wasn't bad, and it was pretty faithful to the extremis storyline, but okay here we go...last warning...SPOILERS AHEAD:

Alright, Mandarin was BUTCHERED in this movie. I couldn't believe when he was just some 'dum-dum' hired to act like a terrorist on camera. Even by some of the lines dropped in the trailer and as an audience member you're thinkin' "Holy fuck, Manadarin's going to fuck so much shit up" and then...BOOM...just nothing! I completely agree with Jeff Knite's comment below, Mandarin is Iron Man's NUMBER 1 ARCH NEMESIS. In the first Iron Man, it was so grounded that you'd never think Iron Man would ever face off aliens, and then The Avengers opened that dimension or that 'wall'. In fact I thought The Avengers was great, so why not have Mandarin have the 10 rings? Don't get me wrong, I loved the look and the whole warlord idea of Manadarin and even the casting was spot fucking on! But his character was treated as such a joke in this movie, and I'm sure hardcore comic fans will be so insulted by the treatment Mandarin got. I still can't believe this, I love Shane Black's stuff in the past like Lethal 1-2, Boyscout, but...what gives!?
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1:39AM on 05/03/2013
-- MAJOR SPOILERS TO ANYONE READING. --

I understand your frustration, but I think you missed the point. Ben Kingsley was never The Mandarin. Guy Pearce was, all the time, from the beginning. Killian's obsession with ancient Chinese symbolism is hinted many times, including the fact that he bears tattoos of dragons on his chest. He channels this admiration into his make-believe character ie Trevor, who plays a caricature version of Killian's own affliction towards that symbolism.

He also
-- MAJOR SPOILERS TO ANYONE READING. --

I understand your frustration, but I think you missed the point. Ben Kingsley was never The Mandarin. Guy Pearce was, all the time, from the beginning. Killian's obsession with ancient Chinese symbolism is hinted many times, including the fact that he bears tattoos of dragons on his chest. He channels this admiration into his make-believe character ie Trevor, who plays a caricature version of Killian's own affliction towards that symbolism.

He also "breathes fire", as noticed by Rhodey; something The Mandarin does because, in many occasions, he's seen as a dragon. Although not really magic, this serves as a super power, and is grounded in science, in-line with everything else in the MCU as explained by Thor.

I can see why fans would be upset, but if you really think about it, The Mandarin is still the most terrifying force in this film. He used a dummy to do his dirty work, forever remaining in the shadows. He has the power to regenerate and heal within seconds, and also masterminds the entire agenda. I'm sure he'll be back too, and will somehow get tied-up with Thanos, because it's hinted that he has a "map of the universe" and has studied the Nine Realms, and beyond. Remember when he wanted to show Pepper his brain and instead projected a hologram of the universe?

So yeah, it would have been cool to see Kingsley's Mandarin do battle with Stark, but this version is awesome in its own way as well.
12:50AM on 05/03/2013

a Buddy movie? jajjaja

it was a Full F.U to the fans.
it was a Full F.U to the fans.
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9:39PM on 05/02/2013

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Good Movie, but they really fucked up on The Mandarin. Like someone else on here said, The Mandarin is Iron Man's Joker and they reduced him to a fucking punchline. That is unforgivable. People complain about Venom in Spider-Man 3. Atleast he was actually Venom and not a joke.
Good Movie, but they really fucked up on The Mandarin. Like someone else on here said, The Mandarin is Iron Man's Joker and they reduced him to a fucking punchline. That is unforgivable. People complain about Venom in Spider-Man 3. Atleast he was actually Venom and not a joke.
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9:29PM on 05/02/2013

Did not read review, don't want spoilers.

But I hope it is better than IM2, that was crappy. I have faith in Shane Black, he has not let me down yet!
But I hope it is better than IM2, that was crappy. I have faith in Shane Black, he has not let me down yet!
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7:45PM on 05/02/2013

soooooo.....

why am i getting a bad vibe about this??? the main focus of the trailers is mandarin and all im hearing is complaints about him. The villian is what makes or breaks a movie for me.
why am i getting a bad vibe about this??? the main focus of the trailers is mandarin and all im hearing is complaints about him. The villian is what makes or breaks a movie for me.
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8:32PM on 05/02/2013
To be completely honest, I've thought the entire Iron Man series has suffered from poor villains. I love the 1st one, liked the 2nd one okay, but the villains have not been a strength. It is one of the flaws of the Iron Man universe. He doesn't have any great bad guys.

They've seemingly took the one guy that might have matched up with Stark and turned him into a plot device. I haven't seen it yet, but I spoiled the twist for myself and don't like the idea of what I know.
To be completely honest, I've thought the entire Iron Man series has suffered from poor villains. I love the 1st one, liked the 2nd one okay, but the villains have not been a strength. It is one of the flaws of the Iron Man universe. He doesn't have any great bad guys.

They've seemingly took the one guy that might have matched up with Stark and turned him into a plot device. I haven't seen it yet, but I spoiled the twist for myself and don't like the idea of what I know.
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4:14PM on 05/02/2013

For Historical Perspective

Chris Bumbray gave IRON MAN 2 a 6/10, which I think was right on the money. His review even predicted the hindsight backlash against IM2. I'll take his word at 8/10.

JimmyO gave IM2 a 8/10 and IM3 a 9/10. Just for context.
Chris Bumbray gave IRON MAN 2 a 6/10, which I think was right on the money. His review even predicted the hindsight backlash against IM2. I'll take his word at 8/10.

JimmyO gave IM2 a 8/10 and IM3 a 9/10. Just for context.
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2:00PM on 05/02/2013

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I liked the movie. It was..different, but the villains didn't worked for me here.. They were like something that came out from a resident evil game(re6 to be more accurate).. And Guy Pearce had a solid acting but he was too much like RE5 Albert Wesker(the game) for me. Sorry if i make too much references to the resident evil games, but anyone that knows these games, will understand the comparison.
I liked the movie. It was..different, but the villains didn't worked for me here.. They were like something that came out from a resident evil game(re6 to be more accurate).. And Guy Pearce had a solid acting but he was too much like RE5 Albert Wesker(the game) for me. Sorry if i make too much references to the resident evil games, but anyone that knows these games, will understand the comparison.
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11:30AM on 05/02/2013
I thought Iron Man 3 was better than 2, but not nearly as memorable, and fun as the first. Guy Pearce is the weakest of all the villains in my opinion. Jeff Bridges, Sam rockwell, and Mickey Rourke were all much more entertaining to watch. The handling of Mandarin was interesting, and surprising, but in hind sight...fucking stupid.
I thought Iron Man 3 was better than 2, but not nearly as memorable, and fun as the first. Guy Pearce is the weakest of all the villains in my opinion. Jeff Bridges, Sam rockwell, and Mickey Rourke were all much more entertaining to watch. The handling of Mandarin was interesting, and surprising, but in hind sight...fucking stupid.
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11:22AM on 05/02/2013
If you're a fan of 80s action movies you might get more out of it - and it's full of similarities to one of Black's own movies from that period. I loved it, but don't waste your time hanging around for the end credits scene if you've got better things to be doing!
If you're a fan of 80s action movies you might get more out of it - and it's full of similarities to one of Black's own movies from that period. I loved it, but don't waste your time hanging around for the end credits scene if you've got better things to be doing!
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9:55AM on 05/02/2013
Great review. I loved the movie myself and I agree, they should include the Iron Patriot in the avengers sequel. And although I was disappointed about the post credit scene, it was pretty hilarious....
Great review. I loved the movie myself and I agree, they should include the Iron Patriot in the avengers sequel. And although I was disappointed about the post credit scene, it was pretty hilarious....
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9:22AM on 05/02/2013
I eat douche for breakfast! Already know the spoiler and that is actually increasing
the urge to see it. Hopefully this is truly better than IM1 and IM2, which I felt were crap and decent but bland, respectively.
I eat douche for breakfast! Already know the spoiler and that is actually increasing
the urge to see it. Hopefully this is truly better than IM1 and IM2, which I felt were crap and decent but bland, respectively.
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9:16AM on 05/02/2013
My 10 year old son always asks me to rate the movie we've seen together out of 5. We did this other day when we drove back from watching Iron Man 3 I said 3.8 out of 5. He then asked me about Iron Man 1 and 2 I thought about it and said 3.5 and ermmay be 3.6 or 3.7. So he continued asking me about other Marvel movies none scored more than 3.9 (Incredible Hulk but only because of repeat viewings on DVD my son has watched the movie to death). My sons response was why dont you
My 10 year old son always asks me to rate the movie we've seen together out of 5. We did this other day when we drove back from watching Iron Man 3 I said 3.8 out of 5. He then asked me about Iron Man 1 and 2 I thought about it and said 3.5 and ermmay be 3.6 or 3.7. So he continued asking me about other Marvel movies none scored more than 3.9 (Incredible Hulk but only because of repeat viewings on DVD my son has watched the movie to death). My sons response was why dont you like them. I looked at him and said Ive just given them between 70-78% scores isnt that good? I dont know, like one particular guy on here as well, it seems a score of only 4/5 means something is good enough. Anywayz, point being, these movies have all been good / enjoyable but far from great (certainly, none of these movies have evoked the kinda of feeling I got when I first saw Aliens, Terminator 1 and 2, Die Hard or even Speed).
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9:05AM on 05/02/2013
a.kavanagh@live.co.uk - three things ...

1) Read my post again ... "no where do I call Iron Man 3 a "great movie" . You're so caught up in writing nonsense you continually fail to see what's right in front of you.

2) You call Iron Man 3 "average" yet give it a 70% score????

3) Like I said ...you're a douche - live with it and don't call me it back and show everyone how child like you are doh youve already done that ;o)
a.kavanagh@live.co.uk - three things ...

1) Read my post again ... "no where do I call Iron Man 3 a "great movie" . You're so caught up in writing nonsense you continually fail to see what's right in front of you.

2) You call Iron Man 3 "average" yet give it a 70% score????

3) Like I said ...you're a douche - live with it and don't call me it back and show everyone how child like you are doh youve already done that ;o)
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9:59AM on 05/02/2013
Stop crying about my posts.
Stop crying about my posts.
8:31AM on 05/02/2013

Tidbit

Are you kidding me? The after credits are dumb as shit. No story development, no tease of another Marvel movie, no final sting, it was going for funny and failed IMO. Just a useless scene that no one would be upset if they missed.
Are you kidding me? The after credits are dumb as shit. No story development, no tease of another Marvel movie, no final sting, it was going for funny and failed IMO. Just a useless scene that no one would be upset if they missed.
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8:40AM on 05/02/2013
Totally pointless scene.
Totally pointless scene.
1:30PM on 05/02/2013
I dug the movie but agree, the post credits sucked.
I dug the movie but agree, the post credits sucked.
2:41PM on 05/02/2013
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Gotta agree. Their relationship was already established in AVENGERS. Bruce falling asleep listening to Tony drone on about himself is kind of funny, I guess, but really unworthy of a post-credits scene. It would have been better served to start the movie with that scene than end with it.
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Gotta agree. Their relationship was already established in AVENGERS. Bruce falling asleep listening to Tony drone on about himself is kind of funny, I guess, but really unworthy of a post-credits scene. It would have been better served to start the movie with that scene than end with it.
1:45AM on 05/03/2013
I don't see a problem with that scene. We got to see Banner again, which is always awesome, and it was a lil' reveal into their friendship. Yeah, it wasn't epic or anything, but I have faith in Marvel's plans at the moment and am just enjoying the ride. I thought it was a really good scene.
I don't see a problem with that scene. We got to see Banner again, which is always awesome, and it was a lil' reveal into their friendship. Yeah, it wasn't epic or anything, but I have faith in Marvel's plans at the moment and am just enjoying the ride. I thought it was a really good scene.
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6:14AM on 05/02/2013

My comment may be a spoiler

Eventhough i dont say it, my comparison may give an idea as to what the spoiler is.

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Not sure why Iron Man 3 is getting a pass on this Ben Kingsley thing. Fantastic Four 2 sure as hell didn’t with regards to Galactus. And the ads for FF2 never promised Galactus or showed him in print and TV ads, or gave him his own poster???
Eventhough i dont say it, my comparison may give an idea as to what the spoiler is.

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Not sure why Iron Man 3 is getting a pass on this Ben Kingsley thing. Fantastic Four 2 sure as hell didn’t with regards to Galactus. And the ads for FF2 never promised Galactus or showed him in print and TV ads, or gave him his own poster???
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7:54AM on 05/02/2013
Man...I'm with you on this one.
Just watched it last night and I'm still not sure why they handled Mandarim the way they did. Some people might like it. I know I didn't.
Movie was good though, nothing else.
Man...I'm with you on this one.
Just watched it last night and I'm still not sure why they handled Mandarim the way they did. Some people might like it. I know I didn't.
Movie was good though, nothing else.
10:02AM on 05/02/2013
I think with Galactus, it wasn't a switcheroo but a straight-up redo of the character from the get-go. I don't think it was a big surprise going into the film that he'd be a giant storm cloud. The Iron Man 3 twist plays with expectations and I thought it was a risky move that paid dividends. Sure, it probably pissed lots of fans off, but there was still an internal logic to the direction they went with and Ben Kingsley played the character really well.
I think with Galactus, it wasn't a switcheroo but a straight-up redo of the character from the get-go. I don't think it was a big surprise going into the film that he'd be a giant storm cloud. The Iron Man 3 twist plays with expectations and I thought it was a risky move that paid dividends. Sure, it probably pissed lots of fans off, but there was still an internal logic to the direction they went with and Ben Kingsley played the character really well.
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6:08AM on 05/02/2013
a.kavanagh@live.co.uk - you've been posting all over this site ...in apparent rage mode ....telling us how poor you thought Iron Man 3 is ... and because you had the opportunity to see the movie before people in the US .... you've also felt the need to give away minor spoilers ... which I think makes you a douche ....but after all that you give the movie 7/10 ...you know ....70% which is a pretty decent score. This movie clearly f**ked with your head. ;o)

Personally, I think this movie is
a.kavanagh@live.co.uk - you've been posting all over this site ...in apparent rage mode ....telling us how poor you thought Iron Man 3 is ... and because you had the opportunity to see the movie before people in the US .... you've also felt the need to give away minor spoilers ... which I think makes you a douche ....but after all that you give the movie 7/10 ...you know ....70% which is a pretty decent score. This movie clearly f**ked with your head. ;o)

Personally, I think this movie is the best of the three - action wise - the best by far - if, like me, you really enjoyed that very brief one on one fight he had with Whiplash in part 2 - you'll like the action a whole lot more this time around.

Whilst Kingsley is awesome as The Mandarin, like me, I expect many to be disappointed with how the character was used ...especially (again ...like me) if you were immensely stoked by the proper dramatic comic stuff he says in the trailer.

I've said this before, but whilst all these movies have been awesome from a point of view of a man who longed to see such movies back when he was a kid reading comics... awesome because we're seeing the comics we used to (or still do) read played out in movie format ...the movies have, for me, been no more than enjoyable - none make my list of best movies I've ever scene (think of the first time you saw one of your favourite movies and came out thinking ...raaaaa aaaaaa... that was sooooo awesoo ooooome and then some) ...none of these movies, have done that for me ...and so only earn the rank of enjoyable.

That said ...go and enjoy and keep telling your kids...they don't know how lucky they are ...especially if you grew up living off the Spider-Man tv series .... that Dr Strange pilot ...that horrible Captain American 1990's movie and a black suited Daredevil (though the Lundgren Punisher movie ...I still believe was pretty good).
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7:01AM on 05/02/2013
If you think this was a great movie your the douche.
If you think this was a great movie your the douche.
7:16AM on 05/02/2013
Gentlemen, please! Can't we all get along and only pick on The_Soloist? ;)
Gentlemen, please! Can't we all get along and only pick on The_Soloist? ;)
8:35AM on 05/02/2013
Hell yes!
Hell yes!
8:42AM on 05/02/2013
I also don't think its the worst film ive seen. Its just average.
I also don't think its the worst film ive seen. Its just average.
5:57AM on 05/02/2013

Ironman The Vampire slayer

Sadly Ironman 3 disappointed me a bit and didn't meet my expectations.first half of the film is great and the second half gives the feel of a normal action movie.excitement built in the first half waters down in the second half.Ben kingsley's character is huge disappointment with a silly twist.wrong casting for that role.you can say that you liked his character to sound matured and different from others,but the twist is a huge flaw.Guy pearce and his gang are like Vampires.finally,its
Sadly Ironman 3 disappointed me a bit and didn't meet my expectations.first half of the film is great and the second half gives the feel of a normal action movie.excitement built in the first half waters down in the second half.Ben kingsley's character is huge disappointment with a silly twist.wrong casting for that role.you can say that you liked his character to sound matured and different from others,but the twist is a huge flaw.Guy pearce and his gang are like Vampires.finally,its definitely not the best Ironman film
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8:39AM on 05/02/2013
Totally agree.
Also there is too much humor.
I know the iron man films are funny, but this is too funny and i don't think that's a great thing.
Totally agree.
Also there is too much humor.
I know the iron man films are funny, but this is too funny and i don't think that's a great thing.
5:28AM on 05/02/2013

NO SPOILERS

Good films about this film:
- The film had a lot of action. I liked the clever use of the way the Tony puts the suit on.
- Don Cheadle was underused in the last film but he had more to work with in this film.
- Guy Pearce and Ben Kinglsey were both excellent.
- The way they use what happened at the end of Avengers to drive the plot and Tony's state of mind in this film is genius.

Bad things about the film:
- sometimes they would ruin the tension in the scene with comedy. For me the high
Good films about this film:
- The film had a lot of action. I liked the clever use of the way the Tony puts the suit on.
- Don Cheadle was underused in the last film but he had more to work with in this film.
- Guy Pearce and Ben Kinglsey were both excellent.
- The way they use what happened at the end of Avengers to drive the plot and Tony's state of mind in this film is genius.

Bad things about the film:
- sometimes they would ruin the tension in the scene with comedy. For me the high point out of all the Iron Man films is in the first one where he was in the cave. They've been unable to match that tension.
- we have the best Iron Man villain so far in Iron Man 3 but I expected more, considering The Mandarin is like Iron Man's Joker.
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5:25AM on 05/02/2013

nothing special

Really don't know why critics on this site gave it so much love.
Its a very average popcorn flick.

Doesn't make you think and relies on wit and fx to pass the time.
The last twenty minutes or so are cool with all the suits, but he is iron man far less than bale suited up in rises and this just felt like a poor version or rises.

Its a funny film with some action but that is it, id rather it was an action film with some comedy.

7/10
Really don't know why critics on this site gave it so much love.
Its a very average popcorn flick.

Doesn't make you think and relies on wit and fx to pass the time.
The last twenty minutes or so are cool with all the suits, but he is iron man far less than bale suited up in rises and this just felt like a poor version or rises.

Its a funny film with some action but that is it, id rather it was an action film with some comedy.

7/10
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6:03AM on 05/02/2013
I honestly think you are this sites resident negative nancy.
I honestly think you are this sites resident negative nancy.
6:20AM on 05/02/2013
Sorry, IM3 was way better than Rises. Better Action, more fun and hell, even the script made sense (most of the time).
Sorry, IM3 was way better than Rises. Better Action, more fun and hell, even the script made sense (most of the time).
6:58AM on 05/02/2013
I post plenty of positive comments.
I post plenty of positive comments.
9:09AM on 05/02/2013
I've seen the movie twice already and i think it was really fun but nothing above 7.5, knowing the fact that a lot of other superhero movies (it is inevitable to compare) have a huge rating (TAS has an 8!!!). So all in all the movie is way too long, and i have nothing against long movies but im talking about the content and the intention the director is trying to portrait, focusing on the man and not the suit, kinda doing what Nolan did with Batman. For me ''The Avengers'' express everything
I've seen the movie twice already and i think it was really fun but nothing above 7.5, knowing the fact that a lot of other superhero movies (it is inevitable to compare) have a huge rating (TAS has an 8!!!). So all in all the movie is way too long, and i have nothing against long movies but im talking about the content and the intention the director is trying to portrait, focusing on the man and not the suit, kinda doing what Nolan did with Batman. For me ''The Avengers'' express everything that Marvel movies are: simple, fun, colorful and action packed, but IM3 was just like a different movie, building a really boring relationship with some kid, giving him some tools at the end of the movie wich i thought was the most CLICHE THING EVER, giving us a great villain with Pearce but killing him in the most LAME way ever...in the history...of lame ways. Too much comedy and the Ben Kingsley thing was o.k for me because i thought it makes sense with the bad guy's plan and there's no way Tony could ever beat the real Mandarin giving the mental state he had. Plane rescue was fucking amazing and idk why but i felt that the effects were cooler and more accomplished than before (no ILM in this one btw). I don't expect IM4 but i do expect more movies with Paltrow half naked =D.
9:33AM on 05/02/2013
PerMoses...thanks for the spoiler alert in your post. Now those of us who haven't seen IM3 know what happens in half the movie. Way to go moron!
PerMoses...thanks for the spoiler alert in your post. Now those of us who haven't seen IM3 know what happens in half the movie. Way to go moron!
5:17AM on 05/02/2013

Saw it last night and LOVED it

It works great as a Iron Man flick but also great as a Shane Black flick. It's truly the directors movie and its fantastic to see him play with such a big train set for once. With that said I still like 'Avengers' best but this one follows closely behind.
It works great as a Iron Man flick but also great as a Shane Black flick. It's truly the directors movie and its fantastic to see him play with such a big train set for once. With that said I still like 'Avengers' best but this one follows closely behind.
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4:35AM on 05/02/2013
Great review. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is one of my favorite films, so I was very excited to hear that Shane and Downey Jr were re-teaming. It looks like their success and magic with one anther shows again in this film which is terrific to hear and read.

Seeing this tomorrow in IMAX 3D and I can't wait to take it all in once and for all. I have a feeling that it might end up as my favorite solo Avenger film to date.
Great review. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is one of my favorite films, so I was very excited to hear that Shane and Downey Jr were re-teaming. It looks like their success and magic with one anther shows again in this film which is terrific to hear and read.

Seeing this tomorrow in IMAX 3D and I can't wait to take it all in once and for all. I have a feeling that it might end up as my favorite solo Avenger film to date.
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5:13AM on 05/02/2013
Soloist - I'm interested in what you think as you saved me £14 from seeing Amazing Spider-man in the cinema. I hope to see in on Sunday. Any chance to quickly post back here?
Soloist - I'm interested in what you think as you saved me £14 from seeing Amazing Spider-man in the cinema. I hope to see in on Sunday. Any chance to quickly post back here?
6:02AM on 05/02/2013
lol every movie ever is "one of your favorite movies ever" according to 90% of your posts. Lol
lol every movie ever is "one of your favorite movies ever" according to 90% of your posts. Lol
2:10PM on 05/02/2013
CaptAhab. I will try my best to post back here tomorrow or Saturday. I'm seeing it tonight, so I'll have more than enough time to let you know what I thought of it.

Or just send me a request to my profile.
CaptAhab. I will try my best to post back here tomorrow or Saturday. I'm seeing it tonight, so I'll have more than enough time to let you know what I thought of it.

Or just send me a request to my profile.
2:43AM on 05/02/2013
Definitely better than the second installment but not as tense and good as the first one. Ok Downey Jr is the man again and Guy Pierce gives a good performance as usual but it felt that there was a lack of action (this is a comic book adaptation guys!) even though shane black sure knows how to handle it when it does happen . The very controversial mandarin character and the overlong picture doesn't make this picture deserving an 8 or a 9/10 in my book. I had a pretty good time with it, could
Definitely better than the second installment but not as tense and good as the first one. Ok Downey Jr is the man again and Guy Pierce gives a good performance as usual but it felt that there was a lack of action (this is a comic book adaptation guys!) even though shane black sure knows how to handle it when it does happen . The very controversial mandarin character and the overlong picture doesn't make this picture deserving an 8 or a 9/10 in my book. I had a pretty good time with it, could be a nice way to end the iron man trilogy but not as good as I was expecting.
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6:30AM on 05/02/2013
Lack of action? There were way more and better executed action set pieces than in the last two: the attack at the mansion, the airplane rescue, the multiple battles between Tony Stark and the Extremis-soldiers, the showdown...But the movie dragged at times because of the subplot with the kid sidekick.
Lack of action? There were way more and better executed action set pieces than in the last two: the attack at the mansion, the airplane rescue, the multiple battles between Tony Stark and the Extremis-soldiers, the showdown...But the movie dragged at times because of the subplot with the kid sidekick.
+8
2:19AM on 05/02/2013
Sam Rockwell SHOULD have been the dark side of Tony Stark, but like everything that should have carried weight in Iron Man 2, that whole plot line devolved into a bad joke.
Sam Rockwell SHOULD have been the dark side of Tony Stark, but like everything that should have carried weight in Iron Man 2, that whole plot line devolved into a bad joke.
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1:45AM on 05/02/2013

James Bale Dale

Not to be that guy but - James Badge Dale.
Not to be that guy but - James Badge Dale.
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1:37AM on 05/02/2013
I'm really interested to know what the American fans are going to think of the "wildly controversial" Ben Kingsley performance.
I'm on the fence still. I liked it.......sort of.

Still, it was a great film. Long Live Iron Man!
I'm really interested to know what the American fans are going to think of the "wildly controversial" Ben Kingsley performance.
I'm on the fence still. I liked it.......sort of.

Still, it was a great film. Long Live Iron Man!
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1:26AM on 05/02/2013

I'm so damn fired up for this

I think Shane Black is going to bring something very special to this franchise and his one-liners are going to be off the charts awesome coming from RDJ. And speaking of RDJ, I am glad they will focus on his performance as Tony Stark (the best comic book hero casting ever!) and throw in awesome action set pieces with Ironman "suited up". I think this will be the best solo Marvel film to date (and potentially the best Marvel film ever, although The Avengers is a tough film to top) and the
I think Shane Black is going to bring something very special to this franchise and his one-liners are going to be off the charts awesome coming from RDJ. And speaking of RDJ, I am glad they will focus on his performance as Tony Stark (the best comic book hero casting ever!) and throw in awesome action set pieces with Ironman "suited up". I think this will be the best solo Marvel film to date (and potentially the best Marvel film ever, although The Avengers is a tough film to top) and the measuring stick that all future Marvel solo films will need to measure themselves against!
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1:13AM on 05/02/2013

"hoping Iron Patriot gets drafted into THE AVENGERS"

I read that Sif would appear in Avengers 2 so I would expect Iron Patriot and the Falcon there too. The obvious question is whether or not Ant Man and the Wasp will appear in Avengers 2 or not until Avengers 3.
I read that Sif would appear in Avengers 2 so I would expect Iron Patriot and the Falcon there too. The obvious question is whether or not Ant Man and the Wasp will appear in Avengers 2 or not until Avengers 3.
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1:42AM on 05/02/2013
I really hope Ant Man is in The Avengers 2 as he was the only founding member left out of the first film. I would also love to see an appearance by Black Panther even if it is a quick cameo or if they go to Wakabda for Vibranium for a new weapon or suit for Tony Stark. These characters need to be introduced in a larger film like The Avengers 2 to draw in an audience for their solo films in Phase 3. Ant Man may be a tough sell to the average (Non Edgar Wright Fan - poor souls) moviegoer.
I really hope Ant Man is in The Avengers 2 as he was the only founding member left out of the first film. I would also love to see an appearance by Black Panther even if it is a quick cameo or if they go to Wakabda for Vibranium for a new weapon or suit for Tony Stark. These characters need to be introduced in a larger film like The Avengers 2 to draw in an audience for their solo films in Phase 3. Ant Man may be a tough sell to the average (Non Edgar Wright Fan - poor souls) moviegoer. While Black Panther should be easier as he is the first black superhero in this Marvel universe (besides The Falcon and Blade isn't part of this universe...yet) and I think he is going to be a much bigger phenomenon than people are expecting as a lot of black athletes and rappers will be referencing him and wearing his gear which will add to his popularity among the average film fans.

Sorry this was so long you just really got me thinking with this topic and I guess I needed to blurt it out.
1:57AM on 05/02/2013
Considering Ant Man is Phase 3, I wouldn't count on them being in Avengers 2. The only additions I see Avengers 2 having are some kind of involvement with the Gaurdians and maybe, just MAYBE, a hint of Pym, but probably nothing with him as Ant Man.
Considering Ant Man is Phase 3, I wouldn't count on them being in Avengers 2. The only additions I see Avengers 2 having are some kind of involvement with the Gaurdians and maybe, just MAYBE, a hint of Pym, but probably nothing with him as Ant Man.
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