So Thursday I went to the cinema with Rasmus. He had gotten some free tickets through his work so we decided to go see the third Iron Man film.
Iron Man 3
I warn you, there will be some minor spoilers.
Let me first make one thing clear: Until about a month ago I had not seen one single of the films in the Iron Man franchise. I had seen The Avengers, but that does not exactly count.
I think it was because Marvel superheroes apart from X-men never really interested me, neither does mecha for that matter. So I just felt that it would be a waste of my time to watch it.
Then one night I came across the first film on my TV and decided to watch it because I had nothing better to do. And naturally I found myself handing slaps to my past self for not watching it earlier.
When my boyfriend asked me to go see the third film with him, I told him I had not yet seen the second one. So we watched that one together and that one SERIOUSLY disappointed me massively. It seemed so shallow compared to the first one so I feared for how I would react to the third one.
Nevertheless, I went with him and I’ve got to say that it was much better than the second one! It had a deeper plot, building on some of the events in “The Avengers”, and the villain, though his motif was a bit of a cliché, was so great. I am a bit sad that I was not able to watch it in 3D, as it tends to give me a headache, mainly because I have to take off my own glasses to wear the 3D-glasses, so we had to watch it in 2D. However the visual effects were mindblowing and it seemed that the makers had ensured that it would be great visually in both 2D and 3D.
The actors were all great:
Robert Downey Jr. once again shows that he was born for this role, even in this new slightly post-traumatic version, but I will not go into detail about that here. He is still his snarky old self, who works as his own comedic relief from time to time, but this identity crisis he goes through adds more depth to the character than the previous two films did.
Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts is still his voice of reason, but in this film she is also faced with Stark’s trouble to meet the necessary aspects of a relationship such as making time for each other and confiding in each other about what troubles either. These tensions create a great dynamic and thickens the plot in a better way than the second film managed to with the whole poisoning chest arc reactor thing.
Our main protagonists
Don Cheadle as Rhodey was one of the few refreshing things in the second film. I do not know why, but Terrence Howard in the first film bugged me a lot and I did not really connect with him. Cheadle on the other hand is wonderful in this role and I am glad he never becomes the comedic sidekick, at least not 100 % of the time. Do not get me wrong, he made me laugh my ass off a lot, but so did Downey Jr., so they seem equally prone to making mistakes and funny remarks, so he never becomes the laughing stock of the film, like Jon Favreau’s Happy Hogan did in the second film. He gets to play a key part in the film’s climax alongside with Downey Jr. and Paltrow on the protagonist’s side.
Ben Kingsley as Mandarin does an excellent performance, in my opinion better than Downey Jr., but I cannot tell you why because it would reveal too big a part of the plot. But if you plan to go watch it, look forward to him in particular, because he is brilliant!
Some of the characters did rub me the wrong way, though, e.g. Aldrich Killian. Guy Pearce is great in this role, but Killian’s motifs for becoming a villain seriously bugs me. As this is revealed in the first ten minutes of the film I have no problem telling you: When his character is introduced he is portrayed as a nerdy scientist guy while the whole thing about him being an actual cripple is down-played to a degree where it is almost impossible to notice, when it actually has big influence on his motif for becoming involved in Maya Hansen’s research. So it seems that his reason for becoming a villain was that he was rejected because he was a nerd.
I hate the “nerd getting a inferiority complex and taking it out on the world” plot and I have always hated it, because it portrays nerds as these vengeful beings who will one day kill all of you if you are not nice to them. In short it sends this message that instead of picking on nerds you should fear them because one day they will maybe get back on you. We are never shown as someone to be respected, only something to patronise or fear. Stop this Hollywood.
Maya Hansen, played by Rebecca Hall, seemed rather flat. At first, her character appealed to me, because she was this intelligent female scientist, who plays a big part in the plot. But despite this key-role in the plot, she does not get quite enough screen time for us to understand her motifs and she ends up being only a half-assed attempt to create a character torn between good and bad.
Nevertheless, Hall delivered a great performance to a degree where I did not notice how cliché and one-dimensional this character was until I got home and reconsidered her part in the whole plot.
Flaws in the character building put aside, this film was great and I do seriously recommend it. Go watch it, if you get the chance, and preferably in 3D, if your head is not as much of an asshole as mine is on that part.
OH! And stay as the credits roll, you will be rewarded when they are done.