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What did you think of...Iron Man 3?

May. 3, 2013by: JoBlo

Most people really loved the original IRON MAN (including most critics as it was 93% positively reviewed on Rotten Tomatoes). Many enjoyed IRON MAN 2 as well, although there were some haters (the Rotten Tomatoes average went down to 73% positive this time around). Now as the franchise switches directors for the first time (from Jon Favreau to Shane Black), we're curious to see how you all feel about it, although according to early reviews on both Rotten Tomatoes and our very own Movie Fan Central, you're loving this one a little more than the 2nd one, at least so far. As you may already know, our own critics loved the film with JimmyO giving it a 9/10, while Chrs Bumbray gave it a 8/10. But in the end, we want to know what you thought of the film so please feel free to POST YOUR OWN REVIEW in our strike back section below (or to your MFC profile) and we'll continue to update the Rotten Tomatoes and Movie Fan Central reviews over the next few days as well.

Rotten Tomatoes: 222 reviews, avg score: 78%
Movie Fan Central
: 22 reviews, avg score: 7.7/10

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6:47AM on 06/10/2013

The "twist" was shitty

SPOILER ALERT
So yes, I just got around to seeing it. First off, the "twist" is shitty. At first I thought "damn, the Mandarin is really good...he's gonna suck in Tony to believing he's just this actor guy" kind of like in Die Hard when Hans puts up that huge act to get John McLaine to think he's a hostage. But no...no, they really did fuck up and completely shit on the best Iron Man villain ever. Mandarin was the chance to introduce magic (as a precursor to Dr. Strange) but
SPOILER ALERT
So yes, I just got around to seeing it. First off, the "twist" is shitty. At first I thought "damn, the Mandarin is really good...he's gonna suck in Tony to believing he's just this actor guy" kind of like in Die Hard when Hans puts up that huge act to get John McLaine to think he's a hostage. But no...no, they really did fuck up and completely shit on the best Iron Man villain ever. Mandarin was the chance to introduce magic (as a precursor to Dr. Strange) but instead....blech.

On top of that, the powers of the general villain were too inconsistent. Can they or can't they control when they get "hot"? How does instantaneous regeneration occur in a world where the conservation of matter exists?

Oh, and it would've been nice if in this Iron Man movie that Tony Stark had spent a bit of time in the actual f***ing Iron Man suit!

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2:55PM on 05/18/2013

Phase 2 is going to rock!

I thought all the phase 1 films were good but not great. "Avengers" was the best of the bunch. Not only is "Iron Man 3" better than parts 1 and 2, but it gives me hope that phase 2 will all be even better! Can't wait for "Thor: The Dark World"!!
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I thought all the phase 1 films were good but not great. "Avengers" was the best of the bunch. Not only is "Iron Man 3" better than parts 1 and 2, but it gives me hope that phase 2 will all be even better! Can't wait for "Thor: The Dark World"!!
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9:32PM on 05/14/2013
My only complaint (and it's a minor one) is that for all the awesome new tech Stark developed inbetween Iron Man 2 & 3, you didn't really get to see what they could do. I would have liked to see Tony Stark doing some cool shit in Red Snapper, Gemini or Igor. Especially Igor. Just feels a bit like a wasted opportunity I guess.
My only complaint (and it's a minor one) is that for all the awesome new tech Stark developed inbetween Iron Man 2 & 3, you didn't really get to see what they could do. I would have liked to see Tony Stark doing some cool shit in Red Snapper, Gemini or Igor. Especially Igor. Just feels a bit like a wasted opportunity I guess.
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12:16AM on 05/07/2013
It kinda sucked
It kinda sucked
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12:02AM on 05/07/2013

6/10

There was a lot of good stuff, but a lot of not so good stuff. The thing that I really did not like was the way the Mandarin was handled. They had a chance to do something remarkable with the character and they squandered it. I was really hoping for him to become a larger villain in the marvel universe.
There was a lot of good stuff, but a lot of not so good stuff. The thing that I really did not like was the way the Mandarin was handled. They had a chance to do something remarkable with the character and they squandered it. I was really hoping for him to become a larger villain in the marvel universe.
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6:18PM on 05/06/2013

Don't mean to double post

And I hope I'm not spoiling anything but Col. Rhodes set piece in the last action sequence was so unbelievably stupid I thought it was something taken from Batman and Robin.
And I hope I'm not spoiling anything but Col. Rhodes set piece in the last action sequence was so unbelievably stupid I thought it was something taken from Batman and Robin.
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6:17PM on 05/06/2013

Don't mean to double post

And I hope I'm not spoiling anything but Col. Rhodes set piece in the last action sequence was so unbelievably stupid I thought it was something taken from Batman and Robin.
And I hope I'm not spoiling anything but Col. Rhodes set piece in the last action sequence was so unbelievably stupid I thought it was something taken from Batman and Robin.
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6:15PM on 05/06/2013

Stupid

I hated it. I thought the script was all over the place and it overlooked plot elements of the previous films. And the twist was a disgrace to Iron Man's nemesis. Looking forward to watching Pacific Rim and Man of Steel to get over the letdown this movie was. I'm not trying to be a hater, I was really looking forward to it.
I hated it. I thought the script was all over the place and it overlooked plot elements of the previous films. And the twist was a disgrace to Iron Man's nemesis. Looking forward to watching Pacific Rim and Man of Steel to get over the letdown this movie was. I'm not trying to be a hater, I was really looking forward to it.
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2:56PM on 05/18/2013
Which parts over looked elements of the previous films?
Which parts over looked elements of the previous films?
4:10PM on 05/06/2013

The Mandarin is a terrible character.

The Mandarin has always been racist caricature, and a terrible character because of that. Iron Man 3 made The Mandarin more interesting then he ever had any right to be. I thought Iron Man 3 was great. Shane Black worked his magic throughout.
The Mandarin has always been racist caricature, and a terrible character because of that. Iron Man 3 made The Mandarin more interesting then he ever had any right to be. I thought Iron Man 3 was great. Shane Black worked his magic throughout.
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12:19AM on 05/07/2013
I'm actually thinking the filmmakers would think how are we going to make The Mandarin relevant in this days and age. They probably Da Heck with it and have a blast with the twist which I really like.
I'm actually thinking the filmmakers would think how are we going to make The Mandarin relevant in this days and age. They probably Da Heck with it and have a blast with the twist which I really like.
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12:23PM on 05/06/2013

As a generic action flick it was decent, as a Marvel film I was dissappointed

I think objectively it was a decent action film, but not a great one. Subjectively, as s a fan though, I was pretty disappointed. I thought the action and set pieces were pretty clever, which makes sense because that is what Black's great at, however like most of his scripts the characterization is pretty weak. Tony was well-fleshed out, mainly because of the ground work that was laid before, but all of the new characters were really one dimensional, especially KIllian who I feel was the most
I think objectively it was a decent action film, but not a great one. Subjectively, as s a fan though, I was pretty disappointed. I thought the action and set pieces were pretty clever, which makes sense because that is what Black's great at, however like most of his scripts the characterization is pretty weak. Tony was well-fleshed out, mainly because of the ground work that was laid before, but all of the new characters were really one dimensional, especially KIllian who I feel was the most paper-thin villain we've gotten yet. I can look past this in a generic action flick like "The Last Boy Scout" but in a Marvel film I really hope for something a little more, especially after them setting their own bar so high with the original Iron Man.
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4:02PM on 05/06/2013
A-f*cking-men. I totally agree with this summation.
A-f*cking-men. I totally agree with this summation.
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12:23PM on 05/06/2013

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Also the Mandarin Tiwst, bugged me, not because it deviated from canon but because it was used as a cheap "gotcha" moment that really didn't enhance the story. Objectively, I truly feel it gained nothing from that. You could have easily had a double twist where he really did end up being the villain after all at the end, or where we see how desperate Killian was that he pretty much "sold his soul" to work for the Mandarin just to get funding for his research, etc. The twist just leaves more
Also the Mandarin Tiwst, bugged me, not because it deviated from canon but because it was used as a cheap "gotcha" moment that really didn't enhance the story. Objectively, I truly feel it gained nothing from that. You could have easily had a double twist where he really did end up being the villain after all at the end, or where we see how desperate Killian was that he pretty much "sold his soul" to work for the Mandarin just to get funding for his research, etc. The twist just leaves more unanswered questions, and makes the plot a little more shaky.
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11:35AM on 05/06/2013

Disappointing for me

I liked the movie, but I didnt love it, which for me, is a disappointment.
Downey abolsutely owns the role, and he is great - but I agree with the criticisms that the goofy comedy was turned up waaaaaay to high. Even in situations where the stakes were supposed to be very high, or in one case - someone close to him apparently just died, he's still delivering goofy one liners, or there is goofy comedy happening with the suits not behaving like he wanted them to. Tony Stark should always be
I liked the movie, but I didnt love it, which for me, is a disappointment.
Downey abolsutely owns the role, and he is great - but I agree with the criticisms that the goofy comedy was turned up waaaaaay to high. Even in situations where the stakes were supposed to be very high, or in one case - someone close to him apparently just died, he's still delivering goofy one liners, or there is goofy comedy happening with the suits not behaving like he wanted them to. Tony Stark should always be cocky and funny, but this strayed a little too far for me. Also - I had major problems with the villain. I thought the Mandarin twist was fine, I liked it - but I did not enjoy Guy Pearce as the villain. He came off cheesy and un-imposing to me. It never felt to me like he ever had the upper hand, even when I was supposed to feel that way. Lastly, the third act of the movie for me was a pretty big clusterf*ck. I hated the final scene at the dock. I dont need 456 iron man suits, I dont need Paltrow kicking Pearce's ass at the end, and I thought the post cedits stinger (which marvel is now famous for) was rushed, tacked on, and was unimportant.

All that being said, I thought it was a bit better overall than Iron Man 2, but significantly behind Cap, Thor, IM1 and Avengers. I would give the first half of the movie a strong B+, burt the second half a C at best. I was expecting a lot more.
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10:52AM on 05/06/2013

Mandarin twist

My main problem with the Mandarin twist is that Mandarin is like iron man's arch enemy, the way Red Skull is Captain America's arch enemy or Lex Luthor is Superman's arch enemy. You get an enemy that redefines your hero, one that echoes throughout his story line and then this twists messes with the Iron Man character in a way. Our villains often define our hero and what they stand for. The Mandarin twist effectively removes an important part of Tony Stark's story, and it was clumsy and
My main problem with the Mandarin twist is that Mandarin is like iron man's arch enemy, the way Red Skull is Captain America's arch enemy or Lex Luthor is Superman's arch enemy. You get an enemy that redefines your hero, one that echoes throughout his story line and then this twists messes with the Iron Man character in a way. Our villains often define our hero and what they stand for. The Mandarin twist effectively removes an important part of Tony Stark's story, and it was clumsy and within the context of the film took they air out of the film. Imagine if in The Dark Knight they did a twist like that for the Joker? That would just kill it. The villain our heroes face must challenge our heroes as to who they are and why they do what they do. This twist fell short.
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10:02AM on 05/06/2013
While I enjoyed the heck out of the movie, I had many problems with it. None of the problems made me dislike the movie, but as the action heated up there were so many contrivances to make it lose its oomph.
Killian, you super genius you. You could have killed Tony and you didn't. And why would you string up the president in Iron patriot armor like that if you wanted to kill him, you had him, you could have killed him. And Tony should have died several times but always gets just what he
While I enjoyed the heck out of the movie, I had many problems with it. None of the problems made me dislike the movie, but as the action heated up there were so many contrivances to make it lose its oomph.
Killian, you super genius you. You could have killed Tony and you didn't. And why would you string up the president in Iron patriot armor like that if you wanted to kill him, you had him, you could have killed him. And Tony should have died several times but always gets just what he needs when he needs it.
What I loved - Harley says Tony is a mechanic, go build something, and Tony improvises and he pretty much kicks ass as a man. He doesn't need his suits to be great. --- THIS is the hero that Tony Stark has become. I found Tony was WAY more interesting when he wasn't wearing the armor.
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9:49AM on 05/06/2013
I thought Iron Man 3 was good. It was very different in feel from the Favreau films. Shane Black did it differently. RDJ was great as usual. This one seemed funnier than the previous Iron Man films. The Mandarin twist was actually a little bit of a let down. And the villain Killian and his crew with their unique physical differences felt like an unrealistic contrivance. Tony Stark's decision at the end seemed troubling for me. And the Easter Egg post credit scene felt tacked on and it
I thought Iron Man 3 was good. It was very different in feel from the Favreau films. Shane Black did it differently. RDJ was great as usual. This one seemed funnier than the previous Iron Man films. The Mandarin twist was actually a little bit of a let down. And the villain Killian and his crew with their unique physical differences felt like an unrealistic contrivance. Tony Stark's decision at the end seemed troubling for me. And the Easter Egg post credit scene felt tacked on and it didn't set up any other phase 2 films, so it felt like a missed opportunity to me. Overall the film was good mostly because RDJ was terrific. The film felt a little "James Bond-ish" in a good way. But it also felt like it had many missed opportunities, and it was making up for inadequacies in plot and character with special effects and technology that was a bit over-the-top. I REALLY liked the back and forth with the kid Harley. I felt like there was a HUGE missed opportunity with teh character Maya (who was good, but under-developed in the plot).
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9:33AM on 05/06/2013
LOVED the plot and the action. Pierce was great. Had NO problem w/ how they used Mandarin.

HOWEVER, the rest was pretty disappointing to me. The comic goofiness was just dialed up too much. I found myself annoyed whenever Tony & Pepper went into banter mode. Have enjoyed them together up til now. Practically hated every scene involving Happy. Id say 80% of the kid scenes didnt work for me. And if I had a top 5 take me out of the film
LOVED the plot and the action. Pierce was great. Had NO problem w/ how they used Mandarin.

HOWEVER, the rest was pretty disappointing to me. The comic goofiness was just dialed up too much. I found myself annoyed whenever Tony & Pepper went into banter mode. Have enjoyed them together up til now. Practically hated every scene involving Happy. Id say 80% of the kid scenes didnt work for me. And if I had a top 5 take me out of the film
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9:41AM on 05/06/2013
it'd be the news van scene.
it'd be the news van scene.
9:08AM on 05/06/2013
I loved the twist on Mandarin. I'm sorry but if you wanted a martial artist with magical powers from rings he found on an alien spacecraft, then you wanted a much crappier and preposterous Iron Man entry
I loved the twist on Mandarin. I'm sorry but if you wanted a martial artist with magical powers from rings he found on an alien spacecraft, then you wanted a much crappier and preposterous Iron Man entry
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10:39AM on 05/06/2013
I respect your take on it and the fact you liked the Mandarin twist. I felt like the film lost its menace with the twist. Mandarin could be a great villain. But they turned him into a joke, so I see a missed opportunity.
I respect your take on it and the fact you liked the Mandarin twist. I felt like the film lost its menace with the twist. Mandarin could be a great villain. But they turned him into a joke, so I see a missed opportunity.
12:05PM on 05/06/2013
I can see where you are coming from. I too respect your opinion. But the Mandarin character as a guy using magical alien rings is a joke in itself and would have never worked in Iron Man. Hell, to add Mandarin with that background would have been the choice of a clueless substance abusing fool - which might have been part of the joke of him in the movie. Bane didn't have venom nor was the result of a science experiment in TDKR, and he was a great villain in that. However he did have venom in
I can see where you are coming from. I too respect your opinion. But the Mandarin character as a guy using magical alien rings is a joke in itself and would have never worked in Iron Man. Hell, to add Mandarin with that background would have been the choice of a clueless substance abusing fool - which might have been part of the joke of him in the movie. Bane didn't have venom nor was the result of a science experiment in TDKR, and he was a great villain in that. However he did have venom in Batman & Robin. Some things aren't going to translate to film or else they become unintentionally silly
5:58AM on 05/06/2013

please

Someone explain to me how the suits in the tanks blew up at the start? it was ment to take place during the clean slate but they got destroyed in the house attack!!

Also in the scene with the bar fire its pretty easy for probably the most famous man on the planet to get into a car that the villain drove and jst drive away.


And jimmo gave it a 9. What a joke.

Someone explain to me how the suits in the tanks blew up at the start? it was ment to take place during the clean slate but they got destroyed in the house attack!!

Also in the scene with the bar fire its pretty easy for probably the most famous man on the planet to get into a car that the villain drove and jst drive away.


And jimmo gave it a 9. What a joke.

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8:52AM on 05/06/2013
Movie magic! Shane Black is a rookie director, and an incoherent writer. This is the same guy who wrote the Lethal Weapon movies. LOL
Movie magic! Shane Black is a rookie director, and an incoherent writer. This is the same guy who wrote the Lethal Weapon movies. LOL
9:46AM on 05/06/2013
You mean hes a bad director??
You mean hes a bad director??
10:52AM on 05/06/2013
I'm going to give my opinion as to why the suits exploded during the attack and not the clean slate.
The whole basement/garage section was blown away during the attack leaving all of his Iron Suits in that garage exposed. If you have the most advanced tech in the world capable of mass destruction, wouldn't you be a little nervous of someone trying to take it? Tony probably thought so and designed the clean slate protocol. Destroy all suits if exposed, stolen, captured what have you.
I'm going to give my opinion as to why the suits exploded during the attack and not the clean slate.
The whole basement/garage section was blown away during the attack leaving all of his Iron Suits in that garage exposed. If you have the most advanced tech in the world capable of mass destruction, wouldn't you be a little nervous of someone trying to take it? Tony probably thought so and designed the clean slate protocol. Destroy all suits if exposed, stolen, captured what have you. The basement was blown half to hell and Jarvis recognized it as an attack and not Tony making some crazy mistake during one of his experiments and decided to blow the suits for security reasons. There was no need to blow the ones in the lower level because they were sealed in the vault. No structural damage so they are still safe and sound.
As for driving away in a car.
You're sitting in your bar in a town in Tennessee. Probably a population of 5000 and that's being generous. Suddenly you see some commotion with a guys face being bashed into a table by some lady claiming to be Homeland Security. After hearing recent events of the terrorist attacks in LA and Starks place in Malibu you figure this might be connected. Suddenly BAM your home town sheriff is shot in the face and all sorts of fighting commences. You run. Moments later the bar explodes! You think how could this get any worse when suddenly the fraking WATER TOWER is collapsing. I feel not too many people would stick around after that. And if anyone DID stick around they would probably be looking for the Lady who shot the Sheriff and not the dude she was trying to arrest. What would they do if they DID recognize him as Tony Stark? Call the Sherri... oh wait.. he's dead.
3:20AM on 05/07/2013
That's a massive leap of faith. Its also extremely stupid.

You don't think the police would want to talk to stark to see why he was wanted?
You don't think they would make a secure perimeter?

And if Jarvis had done that with the security to blow the suites why not write ina line saying so. Ten words or less it would have took.

Saw this again last night, really bad film.one of the worse marvels equally bad as 2.
That's a massive leap of faith. Its also extremely stupid.

You don't think the police would want to talk to stark to see why he was wanted?
You don't think they would make a secure perimeter?

And if Jarvis had done that with the security to blow the suites why not write ina line saying so. Ten words or less it would have took.

Saw this again last night, really bad film.one of the worse marvels equally bad as 2.
10:26AM on 05/07/2013
You're the last person who should be going around calling other people stupid.

This is just what happens when the writer and the director are the same person. Shane Black thought it would look cool if the suits blew up at the end. That's it. No in-story explanation is simpler than that.
You're the last person who should be going around calling other people stupid.

This is just what happens when the writer and the director are the same person. Shane Black thought it would look cool if the suits blew up at the end. That's it. No in-story explanation is simpler than that.
12:24PM on 05/07/2013
First off, calling a reasonably written explanation "extremely stupid" is kinda mean. I've noticed you have a lot of hostility in these posts and that's fine. You really dig the character and are upset they didn't pull it off the way you were hoping. And I get the hype was way to high for the outcome. But there's no need to get all upity when someone comes and tries to give a reasonable response to something you demanded to know.

I'm sure the police would want to talk to Stark if they
First off, calling a reasonably written explanation "extremely stupid" is kinda mean. I've noticed you have a lot of hostility in these posts and that's fine. You really dig the character and are upset they didn't pull it off the way you were hoping. And I get the hype was way to high for the outcome. But there's no need to get all upity when someone comes and tries to give a reasonable response to something you demanded to know.

I'm sure the police would want to talk to Stark if they knew it WAS Stark. The lady he met sure didn't recognize him. The only cop to witness him being arrested was killed and I'm sure there weren't many more in such a small town. Don't you think the patrons would tell any of the other cops (if any) to get the woman who just committed murder, not the man she was assaulting?
With Jarvis, he's a computer. He thinks at the speed of light and needed to act. He can't slow down and spell everything out for everyone.
Also if you don't like the movie so much, why do you keep going to see it? You're only torturing yourself.
One more thing. It's a comic book movie. You have to take these things with a grain of salt. If you start nitpicking all these little things you will ruin what you love. Read the comics. The same crazy bull shit happens in those too but we don't pick it apart because we know its just fiction. Think of the movies as another alternate universe of the Marvel Universe. They have tons of different versions of Iron man and X-Men and what have you. The big screen versions are like that too. Basic framing, but different outcomes.
11:25PM on 05/05/2013

Tough crowd.

Wow, so now I get several thumbs down for saying I loved a movie?

It's a movie. I enjoyed it. I don't understand the hate for what I thought was a great couple of hours at the flicks. I will enjoy it repeatedly later this year on Blu-ray.

Get a fucking life, whiners.
Wow, so now I get several thumbs down for saying I loved a movie?

It's a movie. I enjoyed it. I don't understand the hate for what I thought was a great couple of hours at the flicks. I will enjoy it repeatedly later this year on Blu-ray.

Get a fucking life, whiners.
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7:14AM on 05/06/2013
Everyone in this site is two-faced!!!

I got thumbs down and awful feed back for not liking this movie a week ago.

Now everyone has seen it more are saying its trash than the masterpiece jimmo made it out to be. A fucking 9!!!! He needs to rethink what a good movie is.
Everyone in this site is two-faced!!!

I got thumbs down and awful feed back for not liking this movie a week ago.

Now everyone has seen it more are saying its trash than the masterpiece jimmo made it out to be. A fucking 9!!!! He needs to rethink what a good movie is.
10:19AM on 05/06/2013
He's right: you complainers are a bunch of assholes! You are complaining that you didn't get the movie you wanted when the movie you wanted would have been regarded as a shitty crapfest to anyone who is mentally over the age of 11!
He's right: you complainers are a bunch of assholes! You are complaining that you didn't get the movie you wanted when the movie you wanted would have been regarded as a shitty crapfest to anyone who is mentally over the age of 11!
10:13PM on 05/05/2013

Weakest Entry to the MCU

As fan of Iron Man, I'm sorry to say that Iron Man 3 was a big disappointment. However I will say it was not as bad as Spider-man 3. At least it's got that going for it. Dark Knight Rising was still better as far as disappointing third entires go for comic book movie trilogies. (WARNING: May contain spoilers, but any potential spoilers will be kept to a minimum) The action was great, and sht really hits the fan in a big way, but all that action doesn't make up for a lackluster story and poorly
As fan of Iron Man, I'm sorry to say that Iron Man 3 was a big disappointment. However I will say it was not as bad as Spider-man 3. At least it's got that going for it. Dark Knight Rising was still better as far as disappointing third entires go for comic book movie trilogies. (WARNING: May contain spoilers, but any potential spoilers will be kept to a minimum) The action was great, and sht really hits the fan in a big way, but all that action doesn't make up for a lackluster story and poorly thrown together story elements. While the action was awesome, Iron Man 3 was lacking those big "OH SHT" moments. Y'know those moments where something happens and the whole audience goes nuts (i.e. Tony Stark cracking open THE BRIEFCASE in Iron Man 2. I just about lost my sht at that scene).

They tried to combine two comic book story lines ("Extremis" and "Five Nightmares"), when either one of those could've been stand alone movies. Minor characters were needless expanded into major players, while the actual important characters were downgraded to minor, insignificant roles. And when I say that, I mean facepalmingly downgraded. At one point I seriously wanted to punch the screen in hopes that the producers could feel my nerd rage. Needless to say there was a great deal of wasted talent. Comic book elements were brought into the story, and so mind blowingly misused that they could've been removed from the story completely and it wouldn't have affect movie one way or another (Iron Patriot being one of them). Some of which I can only hope were included as set up for future Marvel movies (I'm looking at you A.I.M.). Come to think of it, there were elements that create odd implications to events that took place in the first Iron Man.

Tony Stark gets taken to a pretty low point in his character arc, but it could've been pushed further. The interesting direction they took him got wrapped up so fast and easy, they might as well have not gone there to begin with. It would've been nice to see them take on elements from the "Demon in a Bottle" story arc. However, Disney made it very clear to Jon Favreau and Shane Black that Tony Stark's downward spiral into alcoholism can never be put on screen, as the topic is not in line with their family friendly image. *shrug* So what are you gonna do.

There were things about the movie I did like, though they were few. Most of them on a technical level. The visual effects were awesome as usual. RDJ, as usual, gave it his all as Tony Stark....I told you it was short list. There was one thing that stood out in Iron Man 3. One thing. One character that probably has less than 10 seconds of screen time, that I found funny and likeable. I call him the Wise Henchman. You'll know him when you see him. He knew what the stakes were and if it was worth the cost of his life.

All in all Iron Man 3 is the weakest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you are as big a fan of the Extremis story arc, as I am, I'm warning you right now. There will be nerd rage. Lots and lots of nerd rage. Blood boiling, table flipping, baby punching, anger at the gods...nerd rage. Fortunately it hasn't spoiled the MCU for me. They've created so much win with Phase 1 that a stinker here and there is acceptable. Go see if you want, but it lives up to absolutely none of the hype it was given in the media.
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12:40AM on 05/06/2013
" At one point I seriously wanted to punch the screen in hopes that the producers could feel my nerd rage."

Great line.
" At one point I seriously wanted to punch the screen in hopes that the producers could feel my nerd rage."

Great line.
2:46AM on 05/06/2013
Unfortunately that same line also makes peoplemcnuggets sound like a petulant little child.
Unfortunately that same line also makes peoplemcnuggets sound like a petulant little child.
8:53AM on 05/06/2013
Nothing is as bad as the Spider Man 3.
Nothing is as bad as the Spider Man 3.
8:36PM on 05/06/2013
Nothing...? I take ti you haven't seen Superman IV: The Quest For Peace then?
Nothing...? I take ti you haven't seen Superman IV: The Quest For Peace then?
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10:08PM on 05/05/2013

Weakest of the Three

I hated the Mandarin twist as he was shaping up as a very cool character. The reveal deflated any momentum the flick had. After that every action sequence would end with a stupid sight gag. And then we have the 20 minute action finale which felt like Lethal weapon 5, not an Iron Man flick. Stark and Rhodes became Riggs and Murtaugh right before our eyes. The first half of this flick was great, the last half destroyed the entire foundation that had been built.
I hated the Mandarin twist as he was shaping up as a very cool character. The reveal deflated any momentum the flick had. After that every action sequence would end with a stupid sight gag. And then we have the 20 minute action finale which felt like Lethal weapon 5, not an Iron Man flick. Stark and Rhodes became Riggs and Murtaugh right before our eyes. The first half of this flick was great, the last half destroyed the entire foundation that had been built.
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12:41AM on 05/06/2013
I'm gettin' too old for this shit.
I'm gettin' too old for this shit.
2:43AM on 05/06/2013
I thought the Mandarin twist was great.
I thought the Mandarin twist was great.
8:54AM on 05/06/2013
They had hot hands. LMAO.
They had hot hands. LMAO.
9:56AM on 05/06/2013
I agree that the reveal killed the momentum and gravitas. One of my problems with the Iron Man series revolves around villains with strange motivations and choices. That Killian would do what he did regarding the Mandarin makes little sense. As bad a choice as Obadiah Stane putting on Iron Monger suit and just becoming all smashy for no reason, or Ivan Vanko putting on Whiplash to try and assassinate Tony at the Monaco Grand Prix. But to enjoy these marvel films you have to check your
I agree that the reveal killed the momentum and gravitas. One of my problems with the Iron Man series revolves around villains with strange motivations and choices. That Killian would do what he did regarding the Mandarin makes little sense. As bad a choice as Obadiah Stane putting on Iron Monger suit and just becoming all smashy for no reason, or Ivan Vanko putting on Whiplash to try and assassinate Tony at the Monaco Grand Prix. But to enjoy these marvel films you have to check your disbelief at the front door and just enjoy the ride.
9:33PM on 05/05/2013

Forgettable

I didn`t really like the mandarin twist it ruins a great villian there is simply no way around it even if killian was the real mandarin we could have done without the complete wimp. Someone brought this up before why exactly did Trevor have plastic surgery to look that way when all he had to do was dress in the regalia of the mandarin and use his own face it doesn`t make sense. I`d be okay with the twist if they later revealed Trevor was faking his incompetence and really was the mandarin.
I didn`t really like the mandarin twist it ruins a great villian there is simply no way around it even if killian was the real mandarin we could have done without the complete wimp. Someone brought this up before why exactly did Trevor have plastic surgery to look that way when all he had to do was dress in the regalia of the mandarin and use his own face it doesn`t make sense. I`d be okay with the twist if they later revealed Trevor was faking his incompetence and really was the mandarin. Also using the mandarin as a center piece for your marketing then incorporating in a twist the way you did felt like a massive fu to comic fans plain and simple
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9:05PM on 05/05/2013

Of Pretty Messes and Lack of Home Security Systems (Spoilers!!!)

I realize that these films are not being made for the die hard fans, but for the enjoyment of the masses. Very little sticks to canon or resembles anything related to material many have obsessed over in print, but to expect anyone to believe that Tony doesn't have a home security system that would allow him to detect an approaching missile, that he had defense-capable armor suits at ready that were never deployed, that the 'Mandarin' and everyone else in the media didn't kinda know where Tony
I realize that these films are not being made for the die hard fans, but for the enjoyment of the masses. Very little sticks to canon or resembles anything related to material many have obsessed over in print, but to expect anyone to believe that Tony doesn't have a home security system that would allow him to detect an approaching missile, that he had defense-capable armor suits at ready that were never deployed, that the 'Mandarin' and everyone else in the media didn't kinda know where Tony lived already, that a scientist would be soo hurt at being dissed by Tony (or was it the whole oil issue) that he would become a terrorist and that Pepper, would become a fighting bad ass for once, when she never was...Yeah, I had plenty of WTF going on in the theater. It was pretty tho and I loved all the different suits, which Tony could have summoned way earlier in order to repair his main suit...and the surprise ending...suffice to say, if said surprise had have been contacted earlier, then the film would have been 10 minutes long and hella more interesting.
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9:28AM on 05/06/2013
I agree with some of your points. Mainly the suit thing. I get that Tony's suit gets destroyed and leaves him stranded quite a ways from his "homebase". But by the end when all the other suits show up, it means he clearly has other suits capable of being used, at least more so capable than the destroyed one he's hauling around with him. That being said, you're telling me Tony wouldn't have some sort of remote activation for a suit to come get him? The fact that he has working suits
I agree with some of your points. Mainly the suit thing. I get that Tony's suit gets destroyed and leaves him stranded quite a ways from his "homebase". But by the end when all the other suits show up, it means he clearly has other suits capable of being used, at least more so capable than the destroyed one he's hauling around with him. That being said, you're telling me Tony wouldn't have some sort of remote activation for a suit to come get him? The fact that he has working suits completely negates the entire second act.

I disagree about your point with Pepper and Killian. The intial scene with Killian introducing the idea of AIM to Tony is supposed to be nothing more than exposition of what directions Tony could have headed in. Because I very much got the idea from that scene that Killian was already on his way to becoming a terrorist, he just wanted Tony on his side to advance his technology. When Tony turns him down, he just held a grudge (still kinda lame, but not quite a plot hole like you're making it out to be).

And about Pepper, given the past 3 movies with Tony and Pepper, I can totally see the progression of her character to becoming a bad ass and helping Tony fight against people. She's been side by side with Tony during his tenure as Iron Man, and has gotten her hands dirty on more than one occasion to help Tony too. Pepper has never struck me in the comics or movies as being passive, so I took her progression in this movie as her stepping up again, but on a larger scale, to help Tony.
8:51PM on 05/05/2013

Of Pretty Messes and Lack of Home Security Systems (Spoilers!!!)

I realize that these films are not being made for the die hard fans, but for the enjoyment of the masses. Very little sticks to canon or resembles anything related to material many have obsessed over in print, but to expect anyone to believe that Tony doesn't have a home security system that would allow him to detect an approaching missile, that he had defense-capable armor suits at ready that were never deployed, that the 'Mandarin' and everyone else in the media didn't kinda know where Tony
I realize that these films are not being made for the die hard fans, but for the enjoyment of the masses. Very little sticks to canon or resembles anything related to material many have obsessed over in print, but to expect anyone to believe that Tony doesn't have a home security system that would allow him to detect an approaching missile, that he had defense-capable armor suits at ready that were never deployed, that the 'Mandarin' and everyone else in the media didn't kinda know where Tony lived already, that a scientist would be soo hurt at being dissed by Tony (or was it the whole oil issue) that he would become a terrorist and that Pepper, would become a fighting bad ass for once, when she never was...Yeah, I had plenty of WTF going on in the theater. It was pretty tho and I loved all the different suits, which Tony could have summoned way earlier in order to repair his main suit...and the surprise ending...suffice to say, if said surprise had have been contacted earlier, then the film would have been 10 minutes long and hella more interesting.
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8:43PM on 05/05/2013

Loved it!!

Who was the little kid suppose to be? Is he from the comics?
Who was the little kid suppose to be? Is he from the comics?
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8:12AM on 05/06/2013
I wonder who he is too but can't find any info on that Harley kid. Perhaps he's an idea from Disney?
I wonder who he is too but can't find any info on that Harley kid. Perhaps he's an idea from Disney?
9:44AM on 05/06/2013
He grows up to become Mega-Man.
He grows up to become Mega-Man.
8:32PM on 05/05/2013

I hate this double and triple posting crap every time I reply to a comment

I dopn't think it will stand the test of time like the first one does. I really expected them to touch on how the world had changed since the Alien invasion that took place in the Avengers, but they really treat it like it was no big deal. I didn't like the treatment of The Mandarin, and there were a lot of plot holes and inconsistencies as well. It was just good. Not great. Bring on Man of Steel.
I dopn't think it will stand the test of time like the first one does. I really expected them to touch on how the world had changed since the Alien invasion that took place in the Avengers, but they really treat it like it was no big deal. I didn't like the treatment of The Mandarin, and there were a lot of plot holes and inconsistencies as well. It was just good. Not great. Bring on Man of Steel.
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8:31PM on 05/05/2013

Still a fun time, but a little too hokey for my taste this time around.

I dopn't think it will stand the test of time like the first one does. I really expected them to touch on how the world had changed since the Alien invasion that took place in the Avengers, but they really treat it like it was no big deal. I didn't like the treatment of The Mandarin, and there were a lot of plot holes and inconsistencies as well. It was just good. Not great. Bring on Man of Steel.
I dopn't think it will stand the test of time like the first one does. I really expected them to touch on how the world had changed since the Alien invasion that took place in the Avengers, but they really treat it like it was no big deal. I didn't like the treatment of The Mandarin, and there were a lot of plot holes and inconsistencies as well. It was just good. Not great. Bring on Man of Steel.
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8:32PM on 05/05/2013
What is up with these double and triple posts? Can't you guys do something about it?
What is up with these double and triple posts? Can't you guys do something about it?
8:09PM on 05/05/2013
Frickin loved it.
Frickin loved it.
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8:08PM on 05/05/2013

Still a fun time, but a little too hokey for my taste this time around.

I dopn't think it will stand the test of time like the first one does. I really expected them to touch on how the world had changed since the Alien invasion that took place in the Avengers, but they really treat it like it was no big deal. I didn't like the treatment of The Mandarin, and there were a lot of plot holes and inconsistencies as well. It was just good. Not great. Bring on Man of Steel.
I dopn't think it will stand the test of time like the first one does. I really expected them to touch on how the world had changed since the Alien invasion that took place in the Avengers, but they really treat it like it was no big deal. I didn't like the treatment of The Mandarin, and there were a lot of plot holes and inconsistencies as well. It was just good. Not great. Bring on Man of Steel.
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7:46PM on 05/05/2013

Better the second time...

From a comic book point of view it knocks down and merges three plots together which by themselves are amazing but smashed together doesn't give much depth. Just in case you're asking...the Mandarin, Extremis, and Ezekiel Stane. Either way the movie was entertaining, definitely better than IR2. Watched it a second time and it was wasn't as disappointed/annoyed with the plot twist in the middle of the movie. Grr Ben Kingsley.
From a comic book point of view it knocks down and merges three plots together which by themselves are amazing but smashed together doesn't give much depth. Just in case you're asking...the Mandarin, Extremis, and Ezekiel Stane. Either way the movie was entertaining, definitely better than IR2. Watched it a second time and it was wasn't as disappointed/annoyed with the plot twist in the middle of the movie. Grr Ben Kingsley.
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7:13PM on 05/05/2013

Loved it!

I don't really get the hate. I can kind of understand the people upset about the "Mandarin" twist, but I personally enjoyed it... As for the people hating on Killian's character wanting revenge, just for being stood up. He was left on a rooftop for hours waiting for his idol to appear as promised. He felt humiliated... And it reminds me of the origin they gave Edward Nigma in Batman Forever. I personally thought Black did a fantastic job taking the reigns for Favreau. He really did put
I don't really get the hate. I can kind of understand the people upset about the "Mandarin" twist, but I personally enjoyed it... As for the people hating on Killian's character wanting revenge, just for being stood up. He was left on a rooftop for hours waiting for his idol to appear as promised. He felt humiliated... And it reminds me of the origin they gave Edward Nigma in Batman Forever. I personally thought Black did a fantastic job taking the reigns for Favreau. He really did put Stark through the ringer in this one, and, yeah, maybe he wasn't in his suit for a good deal of it, but that just made him more vulnerable, which was the Mandarin's goal to begin with. I really hope Downey returns... If not for Iron Man 4, than at least the next Avengers flick.
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7:24PM on 05/05/2013
He'll show in the next Avengers flick.
He'll show in the next Avengers flick.
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5:48PM on 05/05/2013
If you enjoy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, you'd probably enjoy this as well...because it's basically KKBB 2 with CGI. Oh and Christmas theme. Oh and outburst of over the top humor. Mr. Shane, can you keep a whole scene serious for once? Do you really need to insert 4-5 jokes in between 1 scene or afterwards? There's nothing wrong with staying serious in A scene, you know?

How to tell it's Shane Black movie and not a comic superhero movie...
If you enjoy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, you'd probably enjoy this as well...because it's basically KKBB 2 with CGI. Oh and Christmas theme. Oh and outburst of over the top humor. Mr. Shane, can you keep a whole scene serious for once? Do you really need to insert 4-5 jokes in between 1 scene or afterwards? There's nothing wrong with staying serious in A scene, you know?

How to tell it's Shane Black movie and not a comic superhero movie...
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6:32PM on 05/05/2013
Oh no, an Iron Man movie that's funny, say it isn't so.
Oh no, an Iron Man movie that's funny, say it isn't so.
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4:42PM on 05/05/2013
Double.
Double.
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3:38PM on 05/05/2013
And Ben Kingsley was great. He usually creeps me out and I've always had a dislike for him because of it, but I loved him in this
And Ben Kingsley was great. He usually creeps me out and I've always had a dislike for him because of it, but I loved him in this
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3:27PM on 05/05/2013
I thought it was a bit of a mess for the first several minutes, but came together nicely and I ultimately thought that it was pretty badass.
I thought it was a bit of a mess for the first several minutes, but came together nicely and I ultimately thought that it was pretty badass.
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2:45PM on 05/05/2013
Overall, I thought it was great. I would put it above most of the Marvel movies I've seen, though I still think that the original Iron Man is probably the best solo film they've put out. I liked the creativity in the action scenes and that this was really more about Tony than Iron Man. I feel like this somehow compares to Dark Knight Rises because both films forced their characters to work without their alter-ego. Someone else said that this was where we saw Tony truly become a hero, and I
Overall, I thought it was great. I would put it above most of the Marvel movies I've seen, though I still think that the original Iron Man is probably the best solo film they've put out. I liked the creativity in the action scenes and that this was really more about Tony than Iron Man. I feel like this somehow compares to Dark Knight Rises because both films forced their characters to work without their alter-ego. Someone else said that this was where we saw Tony truly become a hero, and I think that's true as he used his real strengths here as opposed to relying on the suit. My only real complaint is about how Mandarin was wasted. I don't mind what they did, but I was hoping that, now that Marvel was delving into all of the supernatural and alien stuff, it would be okay for them to utilize the Mandarin from the comics and his rings of power. Sadly, I guess that's not going to happen now.
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2:00PM on 05/05/2013
I thought it was a great movie. A risky and bold move on their part to show Tony Stark as a guy who could always make sense of things; finds himself in a position where perhaps for the first time in his life, he can't.
I thought it was a great movie. A risky and bold move on their part to show Tony Stark as a guy who could always make sense of things; finds himself in a position where perhaps for the first time in his life, he can't.
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1:50PM on 05/05/2013
I loved it, my only real gripe was all the suits at the end. Didn't make much sense to me after all that had gone before. I loved Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, so I enjoyed that they carried over that vibe - even if some moments were direct copies (like Downey in the car, saying goodbye to the kid). Also, the movie is full of similarities to Lethal Weapon 2 - which I hope was deliberate by Black... I hope.
I loved it, my only real gripe was all the suits at the end. Didn't make much sense to me after all that had gone before. I loved Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, so I enjoyed that they carried over that vibe - even if some moments were direct copies (like Downey in the car, saying goodbye to the kid). Also, the movie is full of similarities to Lethal Weapon 2 - which I hope was deliberate by Black... I hope.
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12:58PM on 05/05/2013
Well, I thought it was fun. I had a good time.
Well, I thought it was fun. I had a good time.
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12:48PM on 05/05/2013
You know, I've now had three days to think about this movie and it only gets worse the more I replay it in my mind. It feels like I'm getting cinematic PTSD and now I'm paranoid about about every other comic book movie on the horizon and what disappointing plot twists that might befall everything from Phase 2 to the upcoming DC movies. Is Zod really the villain in Man of Steel or just some dork from Smallville that had algebra with Clark Kent? Is The Dark World real or is it all in Thor's mind?
You know, I've now had three days to think about this movie and it only gets worse the more I replay it in my mind. It feels like I'm getting cinematic PTSD and now I'm paranoid about about every other comic book movie on the horizon and what disappointing plot twists that might befall everything from Phase 2 to the upcoming DC movies. Is Zod really the villain in Man of Steel or just some dork from Smallville that had algebra with Clark Kent? Is The Dark World real or is it all in Thor's mind? Will the Winter Soldier turn out to be a Life Model Decoy created by S.H.I.E.L.D. just to mess with Captain America? I shutter to think about how they're going to corkscrew Guardians of the Galaxy, and I don't even want to get started on Amazing Spider-Man 2. It's nerve wracking to have faith in a franchise because of something as awesome as The Avengers and then have all that good will turned into doubt. If this scary and anxious feeling is part of the plan for Phase 2 I can only say bravo Kevin Feige, you have successfully played with my emotions like they were an anatomically correct action figure with kung fu grip. Please stop! Also, the Mandarin twist isn't lame to me because I wanted to see the 10 cosmic rings, it's lame because it's unnecessary and the "real" villain wasn't even as close as intimidating as the "fake" one and his motivations made no sense. I look forward to the days when I can trust and believe in comic book movies again as well as the reviewers for this site and every other entertainment news site that is inexplicably in love with this movie. The only solace I have is that because of this strikeback feed I know that I'm not alone in my dislike for Iron Man 3.
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2:40PM on 05/05/2013
Well, obviously you're not alone. You're just in the minority. A very small minority.
Well, obviously you're not alone. You're just in the minority. A very small minority.
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11:54AM on 05/05/2013
why does it do this?
why does it do this?
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11:57AM on 05/05/2013
Killian wanted to kill the President because the Vice President would have been more inclined to cover everything up if he became President. Basically it was only a matter of time before the President discovered his ruse and he supposedly needed a President who would go along with the lie that the Mandarin was the one responsible for all the explosions that happened as a result of the extremis project. There was also a scene in which the camera zoomed in on the daughter of the Vice-President
Killian wanted to kill the President because the Vice President would have been more inclined to cover everything up if he became President. Basically it was only a matter of time before the President discovered his ruse and he supposedly needed a President who would go along with the lie that the Mandarin was the one responsible for all the explosions that happened as a result of the extremis project. There was also a scene in which the camera zoomed in on the daughter of the Vice-President and we could see that she was missing a leg.
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11:53AM on 05/05/2013
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11:26AM on 05/05/2013
My initial reaction was, "Whoa that was cool." Then after a few hours my excitement died down and I was able to think clearly. I then realized the film was beautifully shot, the action scenes and cgi were amazing. Then I thought about the story, plot, characters and I came to the realization how much the film failed on those points. I mean the whole Killian wanting revenge because he was stood up? Why did he hate the President? WTF is up with the Mandarin? That was soo stupid. I'm sure someone
My initial reaction was, "Whoa that was cool." Then after a few hours my excitement died down and I was able to think clearly. I then realized the film was beautifully shot, the action scenes and cgi were amazing. Then I thought about the story, plot, characters and I came to the realization how much the film failed on those points. I mean the whole Killian wanting revenge because he was stood up? Why did he hate the President? WTF is up with the Mandarin? That was soo stupid. I'm sure someone would of recognized the guy's face with him being what he is. Then came Pepper, I love me some Pepper but come on. She saves Tony twice and walks away from a giant flaming explosion? Also, why are the flaming henchmen so mad at America? They are just soldiers who were either injured in war or volunteered for the program. What is their motivation to turn on the country they served and go all terrorist? I give this movie a 6/10
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4:30PM on 05/05/2013
He tells Tony that they gave him plastic surgery and put him on TV, remember?
He tells Tony that they gave him plastic surgery and put him on TV, remember?
10:54AM on 05/05/2013
Also I forgot to mention this before, one of the many reasons why I love "Iron Man 3": it has a 5 second cameo from Linden Ashby a.k.a. Johnny Cage from "Mortal Kombat"!
Also I forgot to mention this before, one of the many reasons why I love "Iron Man 3": it has a 5 second cameo from Linden Ashby a.k.a. Johnny Cage from "Mortal Kombat"!
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12:01PM on 05/05/2013
So it IS Linden Ashby. I thought my eyes deceived me but I knew in my heart that's Johnny Cage!
So it IS Linden Ashby. I thought my eyes deceived me but I knew in my heart that's Johnny Cage!
3:11PM on 05/05/2013
Where was that?
Where was that?
12:29AM on 05/06/2013
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It was around when the Air Force ground crew noticed something went wrong with the Air Force One and that's when Johnny Cage came in for about 3-5 seconds and then quickly cut into another scene.
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It was around when the Air Force ground crew noticed something went wrong with the Air Force One and that's when Johnny Cage came in for about 3-5 seconds and then quickly cut into another scene.
8:33AM on 05/06/2013
Is that really a cameo or a job for him?
Is that really a cameo or a job for him?
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10:39AM on 05/05/2013
Maybe I I got too overhyped for it, but Iron Man 3 was a disappointment to me. I was promised a tenser, grittier story with Tony Stark fighting for his life, but it just didn't deliver on that. And even though the "Iron Man" series is know for its light-heartedness, the humor was too much to the point that you stopped being emotionally invested in the story and characters. And don't get me started with the whole Mandarin fake-out....
Maybe I I got too overhyped for it, but Iron Man 3 was a disappointment to me. I was promised a tenser, grittier story with Tony Stark fighting for his life, but it just didn't deliver on that. And even though the "Iron Man" series is know for its light-heartedness, the humor was too much to the point that you stopped being emotionally invested in the story and characters. And don't get me started with the whole Mandarin fake-out....
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8:55AM on 05/06/2013
I've been fooled by slick trailers before. *eyes Michael Bay*
I've been fooled by slick trailers before. *eyes Michael Bay*
10:20AM on 05/05/2013
Can someone explain to me why Killian wanted the President? Or in general why he was a terrorist? I must have missed it, thanks.
Can someone explain to me why Killian wanted the President? Or in general why he was a terrorist? I must have missed it, thanks.
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10:40AM on 05/05/2013
Cause the President was against bio-weaponry, which is exactly what Extremis was.
Cause the President was against bio-weaponry, which is exactly what Extremis was.
11:11AM on 05/05/2013
Killian wanted to kill the President because the Vice President would have been more inclined to cover everything up if he became President. Basically it was only a matter of time before the President discovered his ruse and he supposedly needed a President who would go along with the lie that the Mandarin was the one responsible for all the explosions that happened as a result of the extremis project. There was also a scene in which the camera zoomed in on the daughter of the Vice-President
Killian wanted to kill the President because the Vice President would have been more inclined to cover everything up if he became President. Basically it was only a matter of time before the President discovered his ruse and he supposedly needed a President who would go along with the lie that the Mandarin was the one responsible for all the explosions that happened as a result of the extremis project. There was also a scene in which the camera zoomed in on the daughter of the Vice-President and we could see that she was missing a leg.
9:37AM on 05/05/2013
It's funny, I knew "Iron Man 3" was going to have a divisive reaction from people after I saw it (mostly with the twist) but I didn't think it was going to be THIS divisive. Personally I absolutely loved it and I think it's the best one in the series. Having seen it 3 times in the cinema so far , I feel very comfortably saying that. If you have only seen it once, definitely see it again ASAP because I honestly think you guys will like it much more on the 2nd watch.
It's funny, I knew "Iron Man 3" was going to have a divisive reaction from people after I saw it (mostly with the twist) but I didn't think it was going to be THIS divisive. Personally I absolutely loved it and I think it's the best one in the series. Having seen it 3 times in the cinema so far , I feel very comfortably saying that. If you have only seen it once, definitely see it again ASAP because I honestly think you guys will like it much more on the 2nd watch.
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10:03AM on 05/05/2013
3 times? Wow, you're really dedicated! However, I hope you didn't see the movie 3 times in a row. I used to watch 2 movies at the theatre on the same day once and that gave me quite a headache :]
3 times? Wow, you're really dedicated! However, I hope you didn't see the movie 3 times in a row. I used to watch 2 movies at the theatre on the same day once and that gave me quite a headache :]
10:38AM on 05/05/2013
lol Nah, I saw it 3 times over the course of 5 days,
lol Nah, I saw it 3 times over the course of 5 days,
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7:56AM on 05/05/2013
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I really like it. It actually feels like Tom Clancy meets Iron Man like Shane Black used to say. A lot of elements in the movie scream Shane Black especially the partnering up between Tony and James Rhodes. I was actually hoping for one of them to say "I'm getting too old for this sh*t". For villains, Guy Pearce - a badass that came out of a left field. Ben Kingsley - let's say that I was surprised and it's a nice and very gutsy surprise. Gwyneth Paltrow - she gets to
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I really like it. It actually feels like Tom Clancy meets Iron Man like Shane Black used to say. A lot of elements in the movie scream Shane Black especially the partnering up between Tony and James Rhodes. I was actually hoping for one of them to say "I'm getting too old for this sh*t". For villains, Guy Pearce - a badass that came out of a left field. Ben Kingsley - let's say that I was surprised and it's a nice and very gutsy surprise. Gwyneth Paltrow - she gets to play big stuffs too which is great for her. As for Tony, although we won't get to see Demon in the Bottle story, I'm glad that the filmmaker decides to make him Vulnerable after The Avengers event in New York. All in all, an 8/10 for me. This is a true comic-book film. I love reading Iron Man's 70s/80s issues (i.e. Roxxon, Spymaster, corporate espionage, Tony and James, etc.) and this movie really reflects those issues.
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5:55AM on 05/05/2013

BADASS

Best marvel film to date, awesome story, loved the fighting as a more human side as well as ironman, brilliant villain and twist, top effects, very enjoyable!! people forget this is a COMIC book story so anything goes!! and the end credit title ROCKED!! awesome soundtrack.
Best marvel film to date, awesome story, loved the fighting as a more human side as well as ironman, brilliant villain and twist, top effects, very enjoyable!! people forget this is a COMIC book story so anything goes!! and the end credit title ROCKED!! awesome soundtrack.
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3:13AM on 05/05/2013

GIANT letdown, and terrible superhero movie!

1. Everyone GETS A SUIT!. Pepper gets a suit! The henchmen got a suit! The President gets a suit!
2. Tony Stark was a pussy. Since when does he get shaken up by his nerves? He's supposed to be the calm, cool, collected one of the bunch and he came off like a wimp.
3. The Mandarin twist was unforgivable, and is a great example of how Hollywood is fucking up all of these great comic storylines.
4. Why was Guy Piece mad? Cuz Tony ignored him? Why the vendetta against the US? Who knows!?! Who
1. Everyone GETS A SUIT!. Pepper gets a suit! The henchmen got a suit! The President gets a suit!
2. Tony Stark was a pussy. Since when does he get shaken up by his nerves? He's supposed to be the calm, cool, collected one of the bunch and he came off like a wimp.
3. The Mandarin twist was unforgivable, and is a great example of how Hollywood is fucking up all of these great comic storylines.
4. Why was Guy Piece mad? Cuz Tony ignored him? Why the vendetta against the US? Who knows!?! Who cares.
5. Gwyneth's little 15 minutes of fame at the end. So fucking cheesy and goofy and not needed.
6. HE CAN BREATHE FIRE! But just once. And only to a wall.
7. Hey Tony, let's wait TILL THE VERY END to break out your 15 suits! It's not like you needed them when you were making a homemade spy outfit at Home Depot.
8. Oh, and while we're doing illogical things, let's blow up all those suits to make a pretty Christmas light show for your girlfriend. FUCKING STUPID!
9. Hey lady with the burned face, apparently Extremis can regrow limps and heal cuts, but can't heal your burned face. Nice.
10. All in all, THE WORST comic book movie to date, and terrible way to end the Iron Man franchise.
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5:41AM on 05/05/2013
1. No, they didn't. The President being kidnapped and imprisoned in the Iron patriot armor is not "The President gets a suit"
2. He almost died in the Avengers.
3. It was a great example of a brilliant twist that you [adjectives deleted so I won't get banned] people just simply refuse to appreciate!
4. Oh, god, you [obscene insulting noun phrase deleted]! Did you even watch the movie? Please watch the movie before you criticize it! The explosions were accidents and the Mandarin was
1. No, they didn't. The President being kidnapped and imprisoned in the Iron patriot armor is not "The President gets a suit"
2. He almost died in the Avengers.
3. It was a great example of a brilliant twist that you [adjectives deleted so I won't get banned] people just simply refuse to appreciate!
4. Oh, god, you [obscene insulting noun phrase deleted]! Did you even watch the movie? Please watch the movie before you criticize it! The explosions were accidents and the Mandarin was invented to cover them up! Then the Vice-President was revealed to be supporting Killian. What did he want in return? Obviously with the President dead he becomes President! Killian said "The Roxxon oil spill will be used as an excuse to kill the American President". The Vice President also had a daughter who was crippled so it was implied that Killian offered to help her grow new limbs.
5. That is not a valid criticism: both of the first movies were criticized when the villains were defeated "too easily". Killian gets blown up and comes back and people still complain! Amazing!
6. They were all giving off heat. That's how the remote control armor could detect which people were "bad guys". That's why one set of armor attacked Pepper.
7. He couldn't use the suits in the first hour of the film because Jarvis was off line. I don't know how Jarvis came back. That was not explained. Jarvis was, after all, a computer in a house that got blown up.
8. I've got nothing.
9. I thought the lady with the burned face was kind of cute. The scars made he look bad ass.
10. Worse that Superman 4? Worse than Steel? Worse than X-Men 3? I'm sorry but I just can't take you seriously.
6:48AM on 05/05/2013
Totally agree, its like a ten year old thought he had a cool idea.
The twist would have worked if guy had a reason for being the mandarin. He just shouts it at the end for no reason.

Terribly made/wrote film.

Also during the clean slate with the suits exploding , the suits in the tanks at the start are ment to blow up? How they already got totalled during his house getting destroyed.

Crappy movie that 12-16 year old love.
Adults see it for what it is, unless you write for this site
Totally agree, its like a ten year old thought he had a cool idea.
The twist would have worked if guy had a reason for being the mandarin. He just shouts it at the end for no reason.

Terribly made/wrote film.

Also during the clean slate with the suits exploding , the suits in the tanks at the start are ment to blow up? How they already got totalled during his house getting destroyed.

Crappy movie that 12-16 year old love.
Adults see it for what it is, unless you write for this site apparently.
8:05AM on 05/05/2013
1. Pepper Pots takes over as Iron Man for a while in the comic series. Henchman/President use War-Machine as he is the blank slate armour Tony gives to the Military.
2. He had PPSD which was noted in the film from what had happened in NY, instead of going the Demon in the Bottle Route.
3. The movies recurring theme is deceit. The fact that the movie is more about AIM than Mandarin is great. Mandarin albeit a great character in his own right doesn't fit in with AIM. The characterized version
1. Pepper Pots takes over as Iron Man for a while in the comic series. Henchman/President use War-Machine as he is the blank slate armour Tony gives to the Military.
2. He had PPSD which was noted in the film from what had happened in NY, instead of going the Demon in the Bottle Route.
3. The movies recurring theme is deceit. The fact that the movie is more about AIM than Mandarin is great. Mandarin albeit a great character in his own right doesn't fit in with AIM. The characterized version of him COULD HAVE that they create on scene but all this does in a way is have the real mandarin pop up in a future movie. That being said it could have been AIM all along since the beginning torturing tony as one of the Mandarins' Rings makes an appearance... we'll never know
4.It wasn't a vendetta. He knew going in that the only way he thought tony would ever agree to his terms in mass producing Extremis would be to use Pepper. No one ever said it was a good plan..lol
5.Definitely needed. sets up the whole Tony is out for the count and Pepper takes his place story-line.
6.They used it as a way to show that he's mastered it. He kinda takes tony to town in their fight.
7. So you'd rather have him fly above him for the entire movie? That one shot with them coming in was pretty damn cool.
8.Who cares if he blows them up. He's Iron Man. He'll build them again when he needs them. He built 42 suits in what... 6 months...
9. It was said in the movie that Extremis accepts and affects people in different ways. Some people's bodies accept it whole heartedly like Killian or Pots others... BIT CHARACTERS ... accept it to a point where their limbs are regrown.
10. Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Ghostrider, STEEL, Blade: Trinity, Dylan Dog, Superman 3, Schumachers' Batman... NONE OF THOSE COME TO MIND eh. Also, even though the credits have scenes from the entire series it is not the end of the series. At one point Tony creates a liquid metal suit from nanotech in the comics that form into iron man. This could explain the suit explosion also the taking out of his generator. He said he is iron man so chances are the arc reactor would now just be installed in the suits rather than being on him.
8:53AM on 05/05/2013
I disagree with none of this and critique #7 is an EXCELLENT question that's smarter than anything in this movie.
I disagree with none of this and critique #7 is an EXCELLENT question that's smarter than anything in this movie.
9:12AM on 05/05/2013
Couldn't agree with you anymore. What I couldn't get past to is how vulnerable Iron Man was in this. He puts on the suit, and it gets destroyed within seconds from the bad guys. Yet in The Avengers, he takes a fucking beating from an alien race he couldn't possibly know how to alter his suit to fight. Very illogical script from Mr.Black.
Couldn't agree with you anymore. What I couldn't get past to is how vulnerable Iron Man was in this. He puts on the suit, and it gets destroyed within seconds from the bad guys. Yet in The Avengers, he takes a fucking beating from an alien race he couldn't possibly know how to alter his suit to fight. Very illogical script from Mr.Black.
9:38AM on 05/05/2013
"Crappy movie that 12-16 year old love."

So how old are you then? 11? 10? 9?
"Crappy movie that 12-16 year old love."

So how old are you then? 11? 10? 9?
5:09PM on 05/05/2013
I'll answer number 8 for you properly. You know how his obsession with building suits was a problem and created a rift between him and Pepper early in the film? Well, maybe, JUST maybe, he decided that Pepper was more important to him than his Iron Man armor....so he got rid of them. In case you missed the entire point of the film, this wasn't about the armor, it was about Tony. The entire film was him finding his true place in a world that now had a god and aliens to deal with. In the first
I'll answer number 8 for you properly. You know how his obsession with building suits was a problem and created a rift between him and Pepper early in the film? Well, maybe, JUST maybe, he decided that Pepper was more important to him than his Iron Man armor....so he got rid of them. In case you missed the entire point of the film, this wasn't about the armor, it was about Tony. The entire film was him finding his true place in a world that now had a god and aliens to deal with. In the first movies, before all that, he was one of a kind. When it came to world peace, it was easy: get in the armor and go out and kill the bad guys. Not so simple now, as the bad guys aren't necessarily human and he isn't the only one protecting the world anymore. This was really all about Stark coming to terms with that, something you apparently didn't understand too well. But don't worry, I am sure the next Thor movie will be more of the kill-the-bad-guys, save the day kind of film.
9:37PM on 05/05/2013
or why is Tony Stark such a bad ass with a gun, one gauntlet and a boot taking out everyone with all three items but when he and Rhodes are running around, Tony is an imbecile who cannot shoot at all. He suddenly forget how to aim?
or why is Tony Stark such a bad ass with a gun, one gauntlet and a boot taking out everyone with all three items but when he and Rhodes are running around, Tony is an imbecile who cannot shoot at all. He suddenly forget how to aim?
10:44AM on 05/06/2013
Your criticisms are valid. I still enjoyed the movie, but all in all, I think every one of the iron man films have loop holes and things that don't make sense or ring true. It is part of the fantasy of these Marvel films. You could look at all the Marvel films and find these similar types of inexplicable idiocies in the story. (The Avengers were FULL of these types of things), That being said, I try not to take it seriously and just have fun. So I enjoyed it.
Your criticisms are valid. I still enjoyed the movie, but all in all, I think every one of the iron man films have loop holes and things that don't make sense or ring true. It is part of the fantasy of these Marvel films. You could look at all the Marvel films and find these similar types of inexplicable idiocies in the story. (The Avengers were FULL of these types of things), That being said, I try not to take it seriously and just have fun. So I enjoyed it.
2:12AM on 05/05/2013

It was a Bond movie

Shane Black made his version of a James Bond movie. All that run and gun stuff with Rhodes was just Black forcing old school 90's thriller set pieces with the budget of a Marvel film. The Mandarin was a sort of WTF switcheroo that was the film makers saying to us "you think you want iconographic comic book translations...but you really don't". Otherwise- a forgettable so-so flick.
Shane Black made his version of a James Bond movie. All that run and gun stuff with Rhodes was just Black forcing old school 90's thriller set pieces with the budget of a Marvel film. The Mandarin was a sort of WTF switcheroo that was the film makers saying to us "you think you want iconographic comic book translations...but you really don't". Otherwise- a forgettable so-so flick.
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2:31AM on 05/05/2013
Yeah, to bad it was a campy Roger Moore Bond. And not Skyfall.
Yeah, to bad it was a campy Roger Moore Bond. And not Skyfall.
5:43AM on 05/05/2013
A bond movie is what they were going for. Kevin Feige described it as a "Tom Clancy thriller".
A bond movie is what they were going for. Kevin Feige described it as a "Tom Clancy thriller".
9:18AM on 05/05/2013
Which would make sense why we never actually saw Tony Stark fight in the suit for more than ten seconds.
Which would make sense why we never actually saw Tony Stark fight in the suit for more than ten seconds.
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1:16AM on 05/05/2013

I really want to try to articulately describe why I was disappointed by this one

But honestly, I don't know if I have the energy to right now. I will try to at least hit a couple of the main reasons. I really have no problem with films breaking from continuity for the sake of story. They're different mediums so its just a given that they're not going to be a direct translation. Honestly, they wouldn't work that well on the screen if they were. However I really appreciate when they at least try to make the actual source material work for the film, making minor tweaks as
But honestly, I don't know if I have the energy to right now. I will try to at least hit a couple of the main reasons. I really have no problem with films breaking from continuity for the sake of story. They're different mediums so its just a given that they're not going to be a direct translation. Honestly, they wouldn't work that well on the screen if they were. However I really appreciate when they at least try to make the actual source material work for the film, making minor tweaks as necessary (Iron Man 1, Captain America, Avengers) rather than just inventing stuff up. That being said, the Mandarin twisit didn't bug me because it deviated from the comics, it bugged me because it was used simply for the sake of having a plot twist and really didn't do much to enrich the story or any of its characters. It replaced a menacing, unique central villain with a very defined persona with a pretty by the numbers, generic action movie villain who didn't much any real depth or motivation. Worse, he just really wasn't that interesting. He felt like a generic Bond villian.

I think The Dark Knight Rises had its issues too, but I totally went along with the changes they made to Talia and Bane's backstories because it worked to enrich the characters and the plot rather than just being a cheap "gotcha!" moment. The fact that they had the Mandarin at their disposal and didn't make any attempt at all to tie it back to the Army of the Ten Rings or Tony's capture in the first film just seems incredibly lazy (also, as a quick aside, did anyone else think that the Extremis soldiers seemed oddly T-1000 ish?).

Overall, I felt like they did some really clever things with the action and set pieces and the dialogue wasn't bad, but the new characters and especially the villains just felt really flat and underdeveloped and just as people complained about Ironman 2 trying to hard to tie into the Marvel Universe I thought that this one strayed too far the other way and just seemed oddly isolated from the other franchises with no good reason as to why SHIELD, Capt. America and co. weren't trying to help take down the #1 terrorist threat in the world. And yes, I thought that the post-credits scene was super disappointing. Any reference, no matter how brief to Henry Pym or Janet van Dyne or the Guardians of the Galaxy or Stephen Strange would have been cool, even if it was Banner just handing Stark a business card or something, instead we got a nice little punchline, but not one that was worth waiting through the credits for. It just felt really anticlimactic considering some of the things they've done for other post-credits scenes.
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2:28AM on 05/05/2013
I see your point: they could have had Raza, the leader of the Ten Rings, come back and be the Mandarin. That would have made a lot of sense. However, it was Stane who killed Raza in Iron Man because Raza failed to kill Stark as Stane had asked and instead held Stark captive in the hopes of getting weapons technology directly from the source (Stark). I suppose if Raza had survived the first movie that Raza might seek revenge against Stark but, to be honest, that would have been a cheesy
I see your point: they could have had Raza, the leader of the Ten Rings, come back and be the Mandarin. That would have made a lot of sense. However, it was Stane who killed Raza in Iron Man because Raza failed to kill Stark as Stane had asked and instead held Stark captive in the hopes of getting weapons technology directly from the source (Stark). I suppose if Raza had survived the first movie that Raza might seek revenge against Stark but, to be honest, that would have been a cheesy movie. It also would have made Iron Man 3 a carbon copy of the Dark Knight Rises. I think, for the long run, it was better for them to introduce AIM: AIM can be a villainous organization that can get mentioned in both the upcoming SHIELD TV show and future Avengers franchise movies: it is essentially a modern day version of HYDRA.

I think Marvel cares more about the opening day box office than whether or not we got a faithful representation of the Mandarin and with most of the money, so far, having come from overseas i think fanboys need to concede that a faithful representation of the mandarin would have been a stupendously bad idea.

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12:52AM on 05/05/2013

Minor Spoilers

Alright, I get why people are pissed. The direction they went with the Mandarin was pretty questionable, but it was also ballsy and unexpected (kind of like opening your movie with Eiffel 65). I've seen some people compare the film to "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang", and I absolutely agree. The narration, the quips, the Christmas setting - the whole thing reeks of Shane Black.

Now, while the Mandarin part was iffy, the Extremis stuff was great. I loved the look of the villains, and the fight
Alright, I get why people are pissed. The direction they went with the Mandarin was pretty questionable, but it was also ballsy and unexpected (kind of like opening your movie with Eiffel 65). I've seen some people compare the film to "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang", and I absolutely agree. The narration, the quips, the Christmas setting - the whole thing reeks of Shane Black.

Now, while the Mandarin part was iffy, the Extremis stuff was great. I loved the look of the villains, and the fight scenes felt like comic book panels come to life. Guy Pearce was suitably menacing, Don Cheadle kicked ass, and I'm glad Gwyneth Paltrow finally got to see some action (for anyone who has a problem with that idea, you DO know she has her own suit in the comics, right?).

That being said, the movie's not perfect. The subplot with the kid went on a bit too long, there wasn't nearly as much humor as in the first two (though the "I'm out" security guard was hilarious), and they probably could've trimmed a solid 15 minutes off the runtime. And yes, the Mandarin. But all in all, I really dug it. Well done, Mr. Black.
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7:56AM on 05/05/2013
Yeah, it DOES feel like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang!
Yeah, it DOES feel like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang!
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12:24AM on 05/05/2013
If your biggest complaint is that Tony wasn't in the armor enough, then you're not the classy film critic you think you are.

"Hollywood keeps feeding us this incoherent trash. This movie is not intelligent or insightful. Case in point, I NEED MORE GIANT ROBOTS AND ROCKETS!"
If your biggest complaint is that Tony wasn't in the armor enough, then you're not the classy film critic you think you are.

"Hollywood keeps feeding us this incoherent trash. This movie is not intelligent or insightful. Case in point, I NEED MORE GIANT ROBOTS AND ROCKETS!"
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6:50AM on 05/05/2013
It is an iron man film.
Its hardly a serious thriller or anything.
It is an iron man film.
Its hardly a serious thriller or anything.
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11:26PM on 05/04/2013
I'd give it a 5/10. It felt like it was the same movie as The Dark Knight Rises but just not as goo, and ***SPOILER*** I thought the switcharoo with the Mandarin was a huge rip off of the Ras al Ghul switcharoo from Batman Begins but again nowhere near as good.
I'd give it a 5/10. It felt like it was the same movie as The Dark Knight Rises but just not as goo, and ***SPOILER*** I thought the switcharoo with the Mandarin was a huge rip off of the Ras al Ghul switcharoo from Batman Begins but again nowhere near as good.
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12:19AM on 05/05/2013
DKR was a piece of shit. IM3 was waaaaay better
DKR was a piece of shit. IM3 was waaaaay better
6:53AM on 05/05/2013
Totally, just felt like iron man rises. Black clearly wanted to make this as nolany as possible, but failed big time.

Totally, just felt like iron man rises. Black clearly wanted to make this as nolany as possible, but failed big time.

8:30PM on 05/05/2013
TDKR sucked. Iron Man 3 was a let down, but I wouldn't insult it THAT much by comparing it to TDKR.
TDKR sucked. Iron Man 3 was a let down, but I wouldn't insult it THAT much by comparing it to TDKR.
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11:22PM on 05/04/2013
I enjoyed it. I really liked Guy Pearce in this. I didn't care for the twist with Mandarin, I was expecting this total bad ass terrorist to be unleashing hell. While Kingsley did a great job, to me the whole character seemed a waste. Ill have to watch it again, but as of now it was my least favorite of the 3. I give it a 7/10.
I enjoyed it. I really liked Guy Pearce in this. I didn't care for the twist with Mandarin, I was expecting this total bad ass terrorist to be unleashing hell. While Kingsley did a great job, to me the whole character seemed a waste. Ill have to watch it again, but as of now it was my least favorite of the 3. I give it a 7/10.
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10:27PM on 05/04/2013

Solid

I liked it
I liked it
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10:06PM on 05/04/2013

Opinions

It seems that hardest thing for many today is share an opinion without insulting or verbally abusing an opposing view from their own. I can't take your opinion seriously when you call someone a moron, douchebag, < insert any insult from the list of reviews below >.

Like Berge said. This site encourages opinion and debate. If you aren't mature enough to handle that, then maybe you need to sit out until you can.

My son and I both loved Iron Man 3. I thought the entire mis-direction with The Mandarin was excellent and Kingsley was
It seems that hardest thing for many today is share an opinion without insulting or verbally abusing an opposing view from their own. I can't take your opinion seriously when you call someone a moron, douchebag, < insert any insult from the list of reviews below >.

Like Berge said. This site encourages opinion and debate. If you aren't mature enough to handle that, then maybe you need to sit out until you can.

My son and I both loved Iron Man 3. I thought the entire mis-direction with The Mandarin was excellent and Kingsley was brilliant as Slattery, but the jury is still out in my mind. How do we actually know he isn't the one pulling the strings after all? We'll just wait and see.

Either way, this movie was a lot of fun, and I love how a little kid helped Stark remember that above all else, he is a builder. Why fight who you are?

Lots of fun, and I look forward to seeing Stark don the suit again in future.

If you want the story to mirror the comics, then go read a comic. If you want to watch a fun movie, put your opinions aside for 120 minutes and have a great time.

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10:24PM on 05/04/2013
"If you want the story to mirror the comics, then go read a comic."....Ummm, that makes no sense right there. A comic story can't mirror a comic story because it's already been written. It mirroring it would just be a re-release of it.
"If you want the story to mirror the comics, then go read a comic."....Ummm, that makes no sense right there. A comic story can't mirror a comic story because it's already been written. It mirroring it would just be a re-release of it.
2:51AM on 05/05/2013
"Ummm, that makes no sense right there."

I think what he was trying to say is that the movies don't have to be exactly like the comics because if you don't like the movies then you still have the comics. And vice-versa! Who's to say that a movie can't improve upon the comics like the Watchmen movie did for Watchmen: seriously, Len Wein, the editor of the Watchmen HATED the ending of the book and wanted Alan Moore to change it so the fact that the movie was so, so very faithful to the
"Ummm, that makes no sense right there."

I think what he was trying to say is that the movies don't have to be exactly like the comics because if you don't like the movies then you still have the comics. And vice-versa! Who's to say that a movie can't improve upon the comics like the Watchmen movie did for Watchmen: seriously, Len Wein, the editor of the Watchmen HATED the ending of the book and wanted Alan Moore to change it so the fact that the movie was so, so very faithful to the comics right up to the end which was then changed must have made Len's year (and pissed off Moore to a degree we can only imagine).

My point is that you can still go back and read Watchmen or the Dark Knight Returns or early issues of the X-men and not fuss over the changes that were made in the movies. So, in the movies, Alex summers is more than ten years older than Scott Summers. At least they are still brothers. Seriously, in the comics, the Juggernaut was Xavier's step brother and he wore a helmet to protect his mind from Xavier but in X-Men 3 he was just another mutant. Sometimes the movies improve upon the original, sometimes the changes are neutral and sometimes the changes are just crap.

I think not having the Mandarin be an Al Qaeda style terrorist was brilliant because it avoided making Iron Man 3 into an anti-Islam propaganda movie. I mean, sure, the terrorists are the bad guys just like the Nazis were the bad guys in WWII but there's the question of how well a propaganda movie would have gone down overseas.
11:53AM on 05/05/2013
"If you want the story to mirror the comics, then go read a comic."

What? Respectfully, that made no sense to me. I want to see this movie because it is based on a comic book which I grew up loving. I want to see a big screen treatment of these incredibly written characters with such great history (Mandarin included). We are talking 50-60 years of great history. The twist just destroyed the iconic character for me. To dismiss that and say go read a comic is to not see the issue from the
"If you want the story to mirror the comics, then go read a comic."

What? Respectfully, that made no sense to me. I want to see this movie because it is based on a comic book which I grew up loving. I want to see a big screen treatment of these incredibly written characters with such great history (Mandarin included). We are talking 50-60 years of great history. The twist just destroyed the iconic character for me. To dismiss that and say go read a comic is to not see the issue from the other perspective. That one sentence made your first paragraph obsolete. I agreed with what you had to say up until that point.
11:53AM on 05/05/2013
"If you want the story to mirror the comics, then go read a comic."

What? Respectfully, that made no sense to me. I want to see this movie because it is based on a comic book which I grew up loving. I want to see a big screen treatment of these incredibly written characters with such great history (Mandarin included). We are talking 50-60 years of great history. The twist just destroyed the iconic character for me. To dismiss that and say go read a comic is to not see the issue from the
"If you want the story to mirror the comics, then go read a comic."

What? Respectfully, that made no sense to me. I want to see this movie because it is based on a comic book which I grew up loving. I want to see a big screen treatment of these incredibly written characters with such great history (Mandarin included). We are talking 50-60 years of great history. The twist just destroyed the iconic character for me. To dismiss that and say go read a comic is to not see the issue from the other perspective. That one sentence made your first paragraph obsolete. I agreed with what you had to say up until that point.
4:21PM on 05/05/2013
Try reading the comment, then think about it, before you judge, reply/respond. All of you guys insulting the film because it was't exactly like the comic...go read the comic if you want the comic story. Point. The film was great. Not because of what it wasn't - but for what it is.

Try reading the comment, then think about it, before you judge, reply/respond. All of you guys insulting the film because it was't exactly like the comic...go read the comic if you want the comic story. Point. The film was great. Not because of what it wasn't - but for what it is.

7:41PM on 05/04/2013

To all the people complaining about the movie taking place at Christmas...

...and as a reply to the one user who said it was "random" that it takes place at Xmas...it's a recurring theme in Shane Black's movies since the '80s. Lethal Weapon took place at Christmas too. I actually think it's cool he managed to work that into a $200 million franchise film.
...and as a reply to the one user who said it was "random" that it takes place at Xmas...it's a recurring theme in Shane Black's movies since the '80s. Lethal Weapon took place at Christmas too. I actually think it's cool he managed to work that into a $200 million franchise film.
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8:57AM on 05/06/2013
That's not cool. Cool is making a cool Iron Man movie, which this wasn't.
That's not cool. Cool is making a cool Iron Man movie, which this wasn't.
7:14PM on 05/04/2013
The trilogy consisted of Iron Man, then Iron Shit 2, and then Iron Crap 3....Iron Crap 3 wasn't as shitty as Iron Shit 2, so at least the crappiness went down easier.
The trilogy consisted of Iron Man, then Iron Shit 2, and then Iron Crap 3....Iron Crap 3 wasn't as shitty as Iron Shit 2, so at least the crappiness went down easier.
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6:52PM on 05/04/2013

Tony Stark will Return ...

It was an over the top popcorn movie, but I liked the banter. When it is out on DVD rent it and watch it with Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang back to back, the ADHD narration is the same in both. I am glad that the mansion was hit in the trailers, as Malibu is a terrible place to be a hero. It truly was separate in its story telling. Sam Jackson finally got a break. Yeah I would have enjoyed cameos, but it is 2+ years until Phase II calamity, so not that important. PTSD is resolved now, so he really can
It was an over the top popcorn movie, but I liked the banter. When it is out on DVD rent it and watch it with Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang back to back, the ADHD narration is the same in both. I am glad that the mansion was hit in the trailers, as Malibu is a terrible place to be a hero. It truly was separate in its story telling. Sam Jackson finally got a break. Yeah I would have enjoyed cameos, but it is 2+ years until Phase II calamity, so not that important. PTSD is resolved now, so he really can move to the next level, whatever that is. Am wondering why the president was featured in so much of the movie ... if he appears in Winter Soldier ... I will be intrigued. AIM soldiers with Chem Throwers had a cameo sans masks, just before the dockyard crescendo.
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6:35PM on 05/04/2013
It sucked and the after credits thing was pointless. Only film of the trilogy that was solid is the first one.
It sucked and the after credits thing was pointless. Only film of the trilogy that was solid is the first one.
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12:53AM on 05/05/2013
Yeah, the Mandarin twist bugged me. The random Terminator-esque henchmen bugged me, the fact that Killian was a totally flat villain bugged me, but the after the credits sequence was probably the single thing that irritated me the most.
Yeah, the Mandarin twist bugged me. The random Terminator-esque henchmen bugged me, the fact that Killian was a totally flat villain bugged me, but the after the credits sequence was probably the single thing that irritated me the most.
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6:26PM on 05/04/2013

THIS IS A KIND OF...

this is a kind of popcorn movie, but i really expect something more le ... wait , i can give a 7.5 but is not so .. legendary as I expect, not just after to see something Avengers :D
this is a kind of popcorn movie, but i really expect something more le ... wait , i can give a 7.5 but is not so .. legendary as I expect, not just after to see something Avengers :D
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