Saturday, May 4, 2013
Iron Man 3 by Shane Black, 2013 (PG-13)
Nominated for the Oscars 2014 for the following category: Visual Effects
with Robert Downey Jr. (Avengers, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), Gwyneth Paltrow (Avengers), Don Cheadle (Out of Sight, Traffic, Flight), Ben Kingsley (Hugo, Shutter Island), Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce, The King's Speech, The Hurt Locker, Prometheus), Rebecca Hall (Please Give), James Badge Dale (The Grey, Shame, Flight), Jon Favreau
Robert Downey Jr. dons his powerful armor suit again, portraying popular Marvel comic book character industrialist Tony Stark -- aka Iron Man -- who takes on power-mad villains intent on destroying the world. When Tony Stark's world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.
The idea of going to see Iron Man 3 yesterday was perhaps not the best, since we had at first no idea it was the premiere, and then the obsession led us to drive all over Manhattan trying at the same time to find out who had it within the next hour, in vain. We ended up in the upper west side waiting an hour and a half standing to be able to see it. And I am not a fan. Anyway, it was an interesting journey, first entering a theater that was filled with kids definitely under the age of 13, watching trailers where people kill and destroy cars at the speed of hell, perhaps a taste of what the movie would be. Oh well, Iron Man doesn't drive, he flies, but for the rest, I was pretty right. (under 13, uh oh...) So the movie started, efficient, funny, sometimes trying to be, taking the time to set a good story. It felt like the point was that Iron Man could be an ordinary man without an armor. I really enjoyed the twist of the story of the bad guy, the interesting topic of what the mind can offer and how we can improve it. The second half of the movie is more of a display of special effect, technology and mass destruction. It gives an overall frustration, increased by the fact that the situations is constantly saved at the last second throughout the movie. In some ways, because of its cynicism, the mvoie saves itself, but it is not as good as Avengers or the firsts Iron Man.
By the way, did you notice how many superhero movies are produced lately? It is like being back to the 80's. Perhaps the best movies to launch in time of crisis?
Another comment, I just saw The Hunger Games Part 2: Catching Fire. This is going to be good, very close to the book actually, looking forward!