I’m back! It’s been a while since I’ve posted a movie review, but I would like to start again! And what better way to start than by a review for the highly anticipated superhero money maker known as Iron Man 3. I would like to start off by saying I was so amp’d to see this movie. I thought the trailer looked interesting, and I always look forward to seeing how my favorite villains get the Hollywood big screen treatment. And before I get into it I would like to add that I really enjoyed Iron Man, and I thought the sequel was just OK. Let’s go!
So, with Iron Man 3 Marvel decided to go with another director, Shane Black, who also wrote the screenplay. Now even though Jon Favreau is out of the directors chair, he still reprises his role as “Happy”. No hard feelings I guess. I thought this was a good move by Marvel, to maybe give the franchise a little new life and get Iron Man to be seen through a different director’s eyes. No spoilers yet, but I was very wrong with this assumption. Now with IM3 we get to see one of Tony Stark’s biggest archenemies and fan-favorites from the comic series, the Mandarin. For those of you who don’t know who the Mandarin is, it is probably the best for you. And if you do know him, I could only hope Stan Lee is waiting outside your local cinema after you watch it to give you a hug and say sorry (we can discuss this more later). What I read and watched about this movie pre-release is that Mr. Black was going to go for a more realist approach with the Mandarin, using the current events of recent years of terrorism. Leaving Tony Starks to battle the real threat that most people around the world get to deal with on a daily basis. I will give IM3 that, they did a good job of making the “terror” theme really believable and it kind of hits home.
Onto the action of the film. It was pretty awesome! All the way into the end scene there is just all out, no expenses paid, action. Tony Stark even has to overcome most of his foes without the full force of his armor during most of the movie. At first, I didn’t like this idea. I wanted all out Iron Man all the time, but they actually pulled it off well. There are even a lot more armor types and abilities in this film. No real spoilers, but one scene he only has the left arm and right leg of Iron Man. How he dispenses the foes during this scene is sort of like parkour on crack. I think going into an Iron Man movie no one ever really worries about the action, we just hope the story and character treatments are in place. As for the story, to brief it up quickly, a nerdy self-conscience bitter “scientist” that Tony snubbed in 1999, is back now as a dashing, rich, and well off scientific entrepreneur who tries to work with Pepper Potts at Stark Industry. He has devised a way to somehow hack into the brain’s central nervous system to help the human body evolve and also regenerate limbs and heal wounds. Pepper, seeing that this could be used in a harmful way, sends the scientist out the front door not agreeing to work with him. Also, there is a mystery man bombing areas around the world, while hacking into TV stations to show the American world what he has done and plans to do.That’s pretty much it.
Now for the biggest disappointment of the movie, it’s not really a spoiler but if you don’t want to risk it then just skip down to my score. They completely f@cked up the Mandarin. Like, completely. If you saw Wolverine: Origins and how they screwed up Deadpool, then you know this is possible. The movie hasn’t been released yet in America, so when it does, I hope there is a huge fan backlash against this film. For the 1st 2 thirds of the movie it looks as if everything is going as planned and you await the ultimate foe known as the Mandarin to release his undeniable power. Well, leave the movie before the last third when Tony finally gets face to face with him because you will be severely disappointed. For non comic people, they may like this twist. For us die-hard fans, there are no words for it. I don’t want to completely spoil it, but they could try to justify it by trying to set the theme of the movie in the real world, but based on the baddies that Iron Man fights, there is no way this could be reality. I really don’t even want to talk about it. I couldn’t even sleep good the night I saw the movie and I even woke up angry.
All in all, the story, action, toys, and most of the characters are in place. It is an entertaining movie. But, if you are a fan, and know about the comic book adaptation of the Mandarin, then you will be severely hurt by this film. I wrote a better story for the character in my head in 5 minutes than this crap Shane Black tried to spoon feed us. Shame, shame, shame.
Iron Man 3 (6/10)