16
Jun
13

Iron Man 3 is Awful

I’m pretty upset. I liked Iron Man a lot, and Iron Man 2 started to get pretty cheesy, but was ok, I guess. The suit battling wasn’t that cool.

In Iron Man 3, I started to get really angry. What a load of garbage! The ground for complaint are endless I feel, but there is a special sense of anger I have for being sequelized, for being turned into a hapless dupe of Hollywood’s franchise machine. The idea is simple: if people liked it, then the formula has legs, and so, run with it.

Here are some of the things that bugged me about Iron Man 3.

First, the main bad guy is not someone I am familiar with from the comics. I don’t think that villains have to slavishly follow the comics, but I know Iron Man fairly well, and did not know of a close analogue to Killian, the head of A.I.M. In fact, A.I.M. in the comics is a shadowy organization that is usually associated with the evil Modok. Instead, they used the comic book enemy, the Mandarin, but then turned him into a joke, played by an actor. The fake Mandarin didn’t even purport to have any of the comic book Mandarin’s powers. You don’t want to use an outdated comic book villain, fine, but at least put some juice into the A.I.M. as enemy idea. Give them a boardroom, introduce some boardroom drama, and maybe a different technological theme, not BIOLOGICAL. Iran man’s universe is supposed to be about tech.

Then there is the laughable attempt to add dimension to Iron Man’s character. He is supposedly vulnerable to panic attacks because of what happened in the Avengers. Really? Iron Man faced some tough stuff, but nothing that a superhero psyche, at least in the marvel universe, is not supposed to handle. Besides, the emotional paper mache job here is so thin. WHAT specifically traumatized Tony? We are never shown a dream or given an explanation. He’s just supposed to be on edge somehow from a previous movie in the expanding marvel franchise.

Last. There is a ridiculous almost satirical feel about the movie. I honestly don’t know what they were going for. The movie has funny parts, but it’s not particularly funny, but every scene involves wise-cracking by Tony and the action sequences hover between cartoon violence with slapstick absurdity to technological babble. Is this supposed to be an action movie? I came to see one and was really disappointed. Even the scene with all the other types of armor is horribly wasted. These robots were available the whole time? And because of the way the plot goes, we never get introduced to the abilities or special features of all of those suits of armor, which in the comics have definite identity.

There was also the weird stuff about Tony controlling his suits from remote control. Who cares. Pepper is kissing the robot, remote control versions at least 3 or 4 times and it just comes off as weird.

A really unfortunate end to what I thought could be an interesting look at a classic marvel hero. My guess is that Hollywood did the same thing to Wolverine, which will be a crying shame, since he’s one of my favorite heroes.

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