Iron Man 3, Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley opened in theaters last Friday, to tremendous fan fare, rocketing to the #2 all-time biggest opening at $175m and it’s just getting started.
What remains to be seen is whether Tony Stark and company have the ‘legs’ to carry it week after week. After having view the film the other day, I’m thinking word will get out and it’ll probably trip and stumble.
Iron Man 3 Spoilers Ahead
Drink in hand, I was like a giddy school kid, waiting for the first glimpse of Tony Stark and Iron Man after having last seen them in The Avengers in 2012. The film kicked off and off we went, with Stark slinging his famous one-line, comedic zings right from the get-go (you’d almost have to watch Iron Man 3 again just to catch them all), it was great! Robert Downey Jr. was made for this role and he was in top form. Jon Favreau as the dependable Happy was great and had a little larger role to play in this installment which was also welcomed. All seemed well in the world until things started to toss and turn, and I don’t mean with Stark’s home getting demolished (which was one of the biggest tragedies for me personally since his pad was a Geek’s paradise! Ugh), but with how the story progressed.
Maybe I’ve seen The Dark Knight one too many times, and have a thing for dark stories, but Iron Man 3 was 100 miles in the other direction. The story was too light-hearted for me, almost as if George Lucas had taken over the reigns. I swear I expected Jar Jar Binks to jump out of the limo right behind Stark at one point. There was too much of an attempt to be funny and those moments always seemed at an inappropriate time, almost like the timing was a bit off? And, there was a ‘kid’ element here, where Stark and young boy essentially take on the baddies. Dumb.
Where to even begin. Let’s start with the bad then go to the horrible.
The scientific break-through resulting in these intense heat-generating, super powered soldiers developed by Aldrich Killian (played by Guy Pierce), were dumb. They were almost too powerful in my opinion and seemed out of place for me anyways, in the film.
Now for the horrible….The Mandarin (or lack thereof). I’m not going to go into who and what the Mandarin was supposed to be like, based on the Iron Man comics, but he was basically everything but! Let me first come out and say that Ben Kingsley is one of my favorite actors and he played the part that was written for him masterfully. Problem was whoever wrote this part was an idiot. They apparently thought they’d have some fun with what was supposed to be Iron Man’s arch enemy (think Superman and Lex Luthor), and try to turn it into a comedic farce.
The initial introduction of the Mandarin in Iron Man 3 was awesome. This Bin Laden-like terrorist hacking the airways to project his message and visuals of terror across the U.S. was very cool. And although the Mandarin was supposed to be of Chinese descent, Kingsley still looked very good. It all went to SHIT, when it turned out that the Mandarin was just a drunkard, goofy English actor, playing along with Killian’s evil plans. DUMB! I could almost feel a collective letdown in the audience when it turned out this evil terrifying, super terrorist was a stupid nobody. Ugh…pisses me off just writing about it. A perfect villain and setup wasted, and for what? A few laughs.
I don’t know why Jon Favreau and the original writers couldn’t of just stayed on board with this series, because Shane Black and company have failed in my opinion, despite making tons of money. For normal movie-goers looking for some cool effects and laughs, they’ll probably enjoy it, but for comic fans and Iron Man die hard’s, I’m thinking not.
What was your take on the film?