My take on…Iron Man 3
Look, you’re probably going to see it.
Iron Man 3 had a huge opening weekend, and is on its way to rapidly pass Oz the Great and Powerful to become the biggest dogroing (domestic grossing) movie of the year…so far (there are some big contenders coming).
Don’t worry, I’m not going to say you shouldn’t see it. 🙂 Ben Kingsley is great in the movie, and Robert Downey is entertaining. There is a lot of spectacle to it, and some excellent effects.
There might have been too much spectacle…too much happening.
I usually don’t go into a
this early, and I”m really quite careful about it, but I do want to mention some things. These are really on the order of minor spoilers…pretty much what you would know if you watched the trailers or read articles about the movie. I just like to give fair warning. I love to be surprised by my entertainment, and I don’t want to take that away from anybody else.
The main problem I had with the script is that there are so many Iron Man suits! Some of the suits are empty, but still move around…robot suits. Several of the characters wear Iron Man suits at some point. It became like an episode of the “Suprah Winfrey Show”: “You get a suit! And you get a suit! And you get a suit!” 😉 It was hard being very emotionally invested when Iron Man was in a fight when we couldn’t identify Iron Man with Tony Stark. I mean, the way things are going, it seemed like an “Iron Dog” suit was going to be inevitable.
In fact, it was very telling that a shot at the end of the movie said that “Tony Stark will return”…not that Iron Man would. We are clearly supposed to think of them as two different things. I would guess that The Avengers 2, scheduled for May 1, 2015, will be the last time we see Robert Downey, Jr. play Tony Stark. It will then be time to reboot the role. That’s not because Downey will have turned 50 less than a month before that. It’s more that they will have done what they can with this version of Tony Stark…a clean slate will be easier when you write new heroic tales.
Another thing is that there appeared to be large logical flaws, although in a comic book world, you can often explain them in some creative way offscreen. People who could regenerate could fall into fire….and then be seen with their hair and clothes effectively intact. Okay, yes, it might be possible for your hair to grow back super-quickly…but into the same hairstyle and length? If the hair grows two months’ worth in seconds, does the person age that much as well? What about the clothes? Those obviously aren’t growing back…
Now, of course, I could just ignore logic, but that’s not how superheroes usually work. They have rules, and work within the real world. Even though those rules might not fit with our understanding of physics, you don’t just dispense with physics (especially for other characters).
For example, have you ever wondered how Superman shaves? Obviously, his hair is invulnerable, or it wouldn’t still be on his head with some of the super-speed things he does. No ordinary blade could cut it.
I remember reading a comic book where Superman bounced his own heat vision off a reflective surface to shave, but that didn’t make sense to me. When Kryptonians on Earth fight and hit each other with heat vision, they don’t cut the other person in half.
However, the fact that they tried to explain it in some reasonable way is my point.
This script didn’t seem to bother.
Then, there was this kid, Harley Keener (Ty Simpkins). Yes, you can have a child in a movie like this and make it work, but I have to admit…I was reminded too much (based on attitude) of Brandon De Wilde’s Oscar-nominated performance in Shane. I kept expecting Harley to say, “Come back, Shane!” and have Tony Stark say, “Is that some sort of Black humor?” See, Shane Black co-wrote the script, and directed Iron Man 3, and it would be an in-joke and…never mind. 😉
Seriously, though, the role felt like it was there to make the movie more accessible to kids…the same accusation that we hear about a lot of earlier comic sidekicks.
Overall, though, I’d say go ahead and see it. There are some great action sequences, and when is it not worth seeing Robert Downey, Jr.? (Answer: never). It’s not a bad movie…it just makes me intrigued to see what they do with Iron Man in the movies in the future.
To track the movie box office for the rest of the year see 2013 Movie Box Office: 40, 80, 1, 2 , 3.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.