Get Me a Can Opener: Iron Man 3

Bryon and I went to see Iron Man 3 last Friday. It’s certainly not the most anticipated film of the new wave, but I wanted to see it. Iron Man was fine, and had some nice twists. Iron Man 2 was an all out armor fest (meh for me) except for those 5 minutes where the Black Widow fights everything and wins. So, I didn’t know what to expect from IM3.

I was pleased. You see, the difficulty with Iron Man can be the tech. As a viewer and reader, I find that I want to know the ins and outs of a character’s brain, and this film takes you there. Tony Stark is understandably having trouble with his emotions and stress after the alien attack/worm hole travel/almost getting blown up in outer space thing in Avengers.

Who can blame the guy, really? So, he’s decided to hide even more behind his armor, which, if you think about it, he’s been doing ever since those terrorists, building a little cocoon around himself.

This movie gets him competent, acting outside of his armor. Being the super clever inventory guy he is, and solving his problems with his brain. It gets Jim Rhodes out of his armor. Badass Jim Rhodes doesn’t need no armor to save the POTUS. Look at our heroes be clever and resourceful AND NOT IN THEIR ARMOR.

So it worked for me. If you like armor, you might not have liked this movie.

There are a couple of issues.

I know, I know, the Mandarin is over the top. But he had A DIFFERENT SUPER POWER ON EVERY FINGER. I wanted the Mandarin to be a big villain like in the comics. So not there. Probably for the better, but still.

AIM guy planned the last 3 movies, right? Because the Mandarin build up has been in all 3 movies (terrorists gotta get their rings somewhere). Someone may have changed horses, or plots. I just don’t buy it.

Pepper “I’m going to tear off your leg and beat you with it” Potts. The whole super hot DNA drug induced humans? Not so much. Pepper turning into Vulcana? Possibilities, but still weird and freaky.

In the end, Tony gets it together. The movie doesn’t descend into pablum because there is a child (“Fathers leave. We don’t have to be pussies about it.”). The Midwest is portrayed kind of realistically (if one dimensionally). So, yes, pleased in the end.

Bring on the next Thor movie. I can take it.

Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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