I went to see Iron Man 3 last night, so here’s a quick review of things that I liked and others that I don’t think worked out that well. This post contains spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the movie don’t read it until you do.
After all the hype about this movie, I really thought I knew what it was going to be about. Don’t take me wrong, the movie was really entertaining, it had action, comedy, hot girls, chases, and a big set of Iron Man armors. Sadly, it was a mix of being entertained and disappointed at the same time.
What I liked? The armors, man they pretty much threw every Iron Man armor out there, it’s just too bad so many didn’t have a reason to exist in this movie, they were there just for show. It also had some very funny scenes, I mean, Tony Stark is a known asshole, and a real funny one.
What I didn’t like? Oh boy, here we go.
For starters, the way they used “Extremis” was confusing. I think they did a really poor job explaining what it is, what it does, and how it affects the ones who were injected with it. At the same time, Tony was using some kind of unexplained technology to do the same thing Extremis did for him in the comic books, which was the ability to call and control his armor from a distance, among other things. However, in the movie, Extremis was sort of a mix of the comic book serum, and Nitro‘s powers.
Also, they lost me when they suddenly had the ability to burn things up, and then Aldrich Killian suddenly starts breathing fire. This is especially confusing when Pepper is exposed to it and she suddenly ends up beating the crap out of Killian, or how she was able to use Tony’s armor after he had told Rob “they’re only coded to me now.”
But I think the part of the plot that really offended me was the revelation about the Mandarin. After all the hype about what the movie was going to be about, I was absolutely expecting the some sort of version of the Mandarin from the comic book, and not that crap the pulled. They even showed him with the rings, I honestly thought this guy was the real deal! Even if “the master” wasn’t who I thought it would be, they still messed it up… However, they could have fixed that in the ending by making the real mastermind behind the whole thing find something about the rings. Now that I think about it, I think they made the Mandarin his own dragon, which is really dumb.
I wasn’t a fan of that extra scene after the credits, it was a huge joke and I would have used that time for something more important.
All in all it was a good movie, but I think Marvel should think more carefully about the things they throw out in their live action movies, after all you don’t have to have read the comic books to know about Iron Man’s villains and powers, I’m pretty sure many of us have been exposed to the 90’s Iron Man cartoon.
This might sound like a geek’s rant, but I honestly thought it was going in a different direction, in fact this is a nice example of false advertising.