Saw the latest Iron Man last Friday, in 2D–I heard the 3D wasn’t really worth it from some trusted sources. This made getting the ticket interesting, because the regular 2D version was noted as “Iron Man 3 D”. Apparently the “D” stands for digital. I think I can be forgiven for being confused, though.
Overall verdict: The movie was pretty good, but flawed.
– I can’t talk about the part that I liked best, because it’s too spoilery. People who saw the movie (which by now might be half of America, for all I know) should be able to get it from this: the villain’s reveal. Because we have expectations, and it’s about time a movie used them to play us, just to let us know how silly we are.
– Almost all of the (many, many) jokes were genuinely funny, even to me. There was a lot of laughter in that theater.
– War Machine. No idea why, but for some reason, I really liked him in this movie.
– There were a couple of inventive action scenes that caught my eye. They weren’t necessarily realistic, but who goes into an action movie expecting that?
– There was a little too much focus on substance over style. I wasn’t getting enough emotion or characterization from the story.
– The jokes were all individually funny, but together, they were too many too often. It was overkill. Moreover, they were prioritized above pretty much any other part of the story. Some jokes that they made were funny, but didn’t belong in the story. They weren’t glaringly out of character, or anything, but they were just off enough to mess with my suspension of disbelief. I laughed, but while I was laughing, I knew that this joke was made at the expense of realism. Because in a realistic situation, it should never have been made and was an inappropriate thing to say to a kid like that (yes, even for Tony Stark). Okay, yeah, I’m thinking of one in particular. Tony met a kid who’s dad had walked out on him, and subjected the boy to his own personal brand of comfort.
While Tony Stark isn’t my favorite character by any means, he wouldn’t make such a good hero if his characterization was that he was just an asshole. He plays up his own personal brand of douchiness because that’s how he wants to come off, but he’s out to annoy people rather than to seriously hurt anyone. And that’s a distinction that didn’t come across in this scene, or anywhere else in this movie, for that matter.
– One of the characters had no place being in the movie. She literally did nothing significant. Yes, there were a couple of nice scenes I really did like with her. But playing up a character like that, making her seem like she’s going to have any impact on the plot at all–maybe some follow through would have been nice. It wouldn’t even be that hard. They had a perfect opportunity for her to actually do something that was more than talk that never amounted anything. I was sitting there expecting it. I’d have preferred it if they kept the character and just changed that scene to make her matter, but if she had to be insignificant, I’d rather her not be in the movie at all.
Some instinct tells me this is the kind of character that usually gets cut before making it into books.
And there’s my run down. Anyone else see the movie? What did you like or dislike about it?