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IRON MAN 3 - Signs of wear & tear; A bit rusted.,
This review is from: Iron Man 3 (Two-Disc Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy) (Blu-ray)
Good movie. Could have been great. Those of us who have grown up on Marvel understand the wisdom of Stan Lee when he stated, "Spider-Man is, and always has been, at the center of the Marvel Universe, but it's success does not come from Spider-Man; rather, this is truly the story of Peter Parker... Peter is the foundation and the very heart of Marvel" (Paraphrased). I believe this truth is understood by many, but is sometimes overlooked by the movie industry. Certainly, I believe Christopher Nolan nailed it with the Batman trilogy. Remember how long it took to develop characters, and not just the headliners. Each character had time devoted to them, including the thugs, the detectives, the mayor etc. This is not an easy task, and with precious screen time, directors have to edit and cut portions they devoted great resources to. Still, Nolan both "got it" and even better, he "did it". The Dark Knight is one of the best movies ever made, and should be a required course for up and coming directors. The true depth of the movie is not from special effects- it comes from character development, which of course requires great acting and a genius script. (Bullseye on both!)
...Despite the mistakes of Iron-Man 2, this third offering had several great opportunities to do the same, but ultimately blew it. Here are two riveting character developments- character maturing themes:
... 1. Tony Stark and Pepper Potts love for one another. It grew throughout 1 and 2, but was not given enough time nor "heart" in 3. Simply put- they didn't slow down the action and let them interact so that we could get to know them as a couple. Compare and contrast this with Peter and Mary Jane in Spidey 1 and 2. GREAT MOVIES, with deep, interesting, and even "real" issues that ALL couples face. They grew to know one another, but Sam Rami knew this would take time, and he indeed gave them plenty of screen time to do this: to tease each other, to cry, to misunderstand, to laugh, to sorrow, and ultimately, to grow individually and together! (Read Ecclesiastes- "there is a season...") Think about how many "un-rushed" wonderful scenes Sam devoted to them: behind their homes after MJ's father demeans his daughter; their frequent "coincidental" encounters- yes I know he was in costume, but you felt the heart of Peter and MJ at all times; the encounter in the cafe, interrupted by a car thrown through the window- NOTE, WHAT REALLY MADE THAT SCENE SO WONDERFUL? (Hint- it wasn't the car nor the 8 limbed villain!) Great script- great acting!
...2. Tony Starks anxiety- his post traumatic stress. Yes- it's a wonderful opportunity to understand Tony Stark... not Iron-Man. Once again, the concept was great, but the scenes felt rushed. I never felt his anxiety, and a great film maker could have done that to me. (More slower... flashbacks?)
....For me, these two great story lines, his loving relationship with Pepper and his severe anxiety condition are a "match made in heaven"- they are absolutely perfect for each other. Yes, they got it right in concept, but didn't take the screen time to slow down and let this wash over us. I struggle with anxiety, and I only make it some days because of the wonderful woman in my life- my wife of 33 years. Put another way- why did we not see them together more. Guys, you should have given us more of that, and junk 80% of the "Iron-Man remotes" at the end. The climax was kind of silly- we were looking for something richer- more endearing.... more human. less robotic... something that wouldn't "rust" like iron.
...SPOILER ALERT- DO NOT READ WHAT FOLLOWS IF YOU HAVE YET TO SEE THE MOVIE. One last opinion: The "twist" regarding the Mandarin was brilliant. I never saw it coming! Hilarious, well acted, and really, really clever!
...ADD YOUR COMMENTS BY LISTING SUPER-HERO MOVIES THAT GOT IT RIGHT: Where the movie was about the man or woman behind the costume.