Iron Man Three Review

I saw Iron Man Three tonight. (And that’s how it is written with the number spelled out like that. You know… stupidly)

Iron Man Three

There is not a lot I can say about this movie without massive spoilers. So I’ll just say that I was disappointed.

It was well-written. Robert Downey Jr is amazing as always. It feels like he’s just making it up as he goes along which is so fucking cool.

I think Shane Black is a great writer. He wrote Lethal Weapon; One of my favorite films. Always very cool. Great action and good dialogue. But he’s just a decent director. Not ready for the big budget blockbuster. I thought the movie could have used a better director.

And now the spoilers. Massive massive spoilers. Stop reading now.

Spoiler Alert

Stop reading NOW!!!


You have been warned.

Okay one more…


Iron Man Finale

What The Hell, Marvel. I was all set for the Mandarin. I wanted to see the Mandarin. Where was the fucking Mandarin? Talk about false advertising. Bait and motherfucking switch. Pissed me the fuck off. Good movie except if you promise me The Mandarin and give me shit, I’m going to be annoyed. I sat there wishing it was all some joke. Some kind of subterfuge from… (gulp) The Mandarin. All those rings on his fingers… nothing. Oscar-winning actor in the role… nothing. Yes, Sir Ben Kingsley was pretty good after the reveal. Cracked me up or I should say, it would have cracked me up if it didn’t make me so angry.

You don’t know.

The Mandarin

And what was with that 1970’s made for TV movie cheesy as hell End Titles? That was awful. Just awful.

Shane Black is no Jon Favreau. Of course Jon Favreau is actually two and a half Jon Favreaus at this point. (He blew up good) And where was Bruce? I thought Tony and Bruce were going to do some science. Hell when Pepper gets all suped up, I was like well here’s the point where you call your friend the god damn geneticist right? Nope. Not one Avenger in the whole damn thing unless you count the after credits epilogue (which I don’t).

Pepper Potts

I liked the PTSD element of the story. I liked it a lot. If you think about it. All of the other Avengers are seasoned warriors and soldiers one and all. Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow are all actual soldiers. Thor is the fucking God of War so he’s pretty much at home in a battle. But even Hulk, who has been in a lot of huge fights, gets some bad flashbacks. However, the battle in New York was trust fund boy Tony Stark‘s first real action in a major battle so I liked that he had serious problems sleeping and horrible anxiety attacks. Felt real. Good story.

Iron Patriot

And I liked Don Cheadle. But he’s always good.

Honestly I liked the movie up to the point where they pull the wool off and explain how The Mandarin isn’t The Mandarin. At one point Guy Pearce says that he’s the Mandarin. I think his words were, “I’m The Mandarin.”

It was all I could do to not stand up in that theater and shout “No! No you’re not! You’re not the Mandarin.” And as the ushers (it would take four of them) dragged me from the theater. I would still be screaming.

“You’re not The Mandarin! It’s a lie! They’re lying to you!”

And even as the doors closed you would still hear me yelling in the halls of the old theater.

“They’re lying to you!!! He’s not the fucking Mandarin!!!”

Please tell me that was all a joke.

“Oh Mel. We were just kidding. Here’s the real movie with Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin. Power Rings and all. Enjoy.

Thank you

And as I stare off into space from the metal bench in the communal cell at central booking, disturbing the peace I think they call it, you can barely make out my muttering through smiling teeth and wild staring eyes.

“Thank you. I knew you were joking. Thank you, Marvel Studios. Ben Kingsley is The Mandarin. Ben Kingsley is The Mandarin.”

“Yo man you ‘gon eat that baloney sandwich?” Someone asks.

“No. You can have it.” I say. “Ben Kingsley is The Mandarin.” I add as he moves to the  far side of the cell.

Ben Kingsley is The Mandarin

Ben Kingsley is The Mandarin.

– Mel


5 thoughts on “Iron Man Three Review

    • Thanks Ash. I did enjoy it. It is a fun movie. It’s just part of that trend that comic book movies suffer from writers who don’t respect the source material. Even the Wolverine trailer I saw before the movie made me think they were throwing away the comic book as well.

      Only J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon and to a lesser extent Chris Nolan & Zak Snyder treat source material with the respect it deserves.

      When something already has an audience. A loyal audience. Why piss them off?


      • Yeah, I am just now starting to get into comic books/graphic novels, and I think it definitely is tough as a fan to see writers take hints of an idea and then ignore quite a bit of lore that has come before it.

        I think J.J. Abrams has a great respect for source material, and that’s why I think he has a really good shot at creating a really good Star Wars film. I’ve heard it referenced many times how much he loves Star Wars, so I think he’ll be trying really hard to do it right.


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