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Iron Man 3

Yes, I know, I'm always a year behind everybody else. But I can't get to the cinema 'cause of stuff, so I had to wait for the DVD to come out. And now, finally, I have Iron Man Threed. And first impressions, aside from the usual ones about Iron Man being much more interesting than other superheroes, are mostly centered around the fact that I think they blew up everything in the entire world at various points. Which is a mild concern actually, because I have neighbours now. I've never really had them before, and now suddenly Loudest Movie Ever. Do neighbours hear stuff like that? Only if you have the volume low enough that the explosions don't sound like there's a warzone in the room, you can't hear a word of the dialogue. So you have to choose between being able to hear people speak, and being able to hear at all the next day. But anyway.

The chest piece! I am in mourning. I mean, yes, removing it makes sense, and it was a hell of a liability, but in its defence it was also an awesome gimmick. And I like the way it glowed when all the lights were off. I appreciate that it's easy for me to say that, since I'm not the one with Jeff Bridges breaking into my living room wanting to rip it out of my chest, but it's still cool. I will have to adjust, with sulking. The other first impression mostly centered around the post-credits sequence being awesome, which may not be the bit that I was really supposed to focus on the most, but whatever. I just think that teaming up Stark and Banner is the best thing anybody's ever done with a superhero movie. They need their own spin-off series, with physics and explosions.

Everything blew up. Seriously, everything. And the werewolf woman from True Blood was in it, and they let a demon be President of the United States, which strikes me as a bit foolhardy. (He probably isn't always a demon, but he was in Poltergeist: The Legacy, which is what counts). And Tony Stark saved the world with a broken rocket boot and half a glove, which was great, but does make other superheroes seem pretty boring in comparison, as he's the only one who isn't actually super. Which makes him better all round. Which other superheroes can you ziplock to a bed, and actually wonder if they'll be able to get away? Oh, and Gwyneth Paltrow is made out of lava, although we didn't get to see her breathe fire, which was a shame. Another thing I love about these movies is how they always manage to make her look smaller than RDJ, when he's three foot six, and she's around seven feet tall. That must be a hell of a pair of platform heels he's wearing.

Sorry, not entirely comprehensive jumble of thinking. Has anybody checked to make sure that Miami is still there? I'm pretty sure they did actually blow the whole place up, possibly twice. And who pays for that kind of thing? Do superheroes have to take out insurance? Because there's quite a lot of property damage that tends to follow them around. Or does SHIELD cover it, or the government? Sorry, shutting up now. But I do like Iron Man. That was mostly the point of this post, so just ignore the other paragraphs, sorry.


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Sep. 13th, 2013 03:23 am (UTC)

It says a lot about what's been going on in blockbusters recently that Iron Man Three didn't strike me as being particularly loud and destructive. It's also easily in my top three most entertaining films of the year (I do go to the cinema a lot) with all the interesting things that you refer to going on.

I agree about not loving that he took the chest piece out - I think it'll strike me all over again in Avengers 2.

I read that actually getting that post-credits sequence done was down to RDJ pushing for it. It was great.

Oh, and Gwyneth Paltrow is made out of lava, although we didn't get to see her breathe fire, which was a shame. I'd have liked to see her with powers for a bit and having to work out how to use them, although I realise that it was impractical at that point in the movie, not to mention that they'd set it up as being dangeous.

Edited at 2013-09-13 07:24 am (UTC)
Sep. 13th, 2013 12:00 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'm wondering if his "fixing Pepper" meant fixing the glitch, or removing the DNA upgrade entirely (surely a much harder thing to do). She has her own suit in the comics, so giving her powers in the movies wouldn't exactly be without precedent. Plus it would be good to see her having a bit more to do.

I did read that the chest piece has been gone in the comics for some time, so I suppose we shall have to grin and bear it. It was cool, though. Although it bothers me a little, as it was massive. I can't help thinking that he must have a massive hole in his chest now!
Sep. 13th, 2013 08:41 am (UTC)
Apparently a lot of the material in IM3 taps into specific arcs from the IM comics, although (thank heavens) the film makers did their own thing with them. This includes Extremis, Pepper as a superhero (called "Rescue", I'm told), and the Mandarin.

I went from "Iron Man? Whuzzat?" to "Iron Man Rocks!" starting with the first movie, having ignored the comics entirely. I have a Secret Weapon, though, in the form of an LJ friend who loves both the comics and the movies.

If you like, here are a couple of her commentaries on IM3 (if you do not like, ignore).


And my first thought at the end of the film (pre-credits) was "Okay, one of the key plot points in Avengers 2 will be 'Get Tony back into the suit'." I never doubted that it would be doable, and will be done; it's just a question of how they do it.
Sep. 13th, 2013 12:07 pm (UTC)
People keep telling me about Extremis, and I'm so glad they did that one differently. I hope we've escaped from it entirely, as it sounds like a really lousy storyline. For me, Iron Man is interesting because without the suit he's perfectly human (mega-brain notwithstanding). Extremis makes him just another superhero. You can't imprison Superman (or Batman nowadays), and wonder how or if they'll escape. With Tony Stark you can.

He did say at the end that he is Iron Man, present tense, and it's not like he needs the chest piece to power the suits, so I don't know if there will be any story about getting him back in the suit again. Blowing them all up I think was about addressing that he'd become obsessed with building new ones. No fair making us wait until 2015 for the next Avengers movie to find out, though!
Sep. 13th, 2013 04:45 pm (UTC)
I believe he does require the chest piece to power the suits -- or did, anyway.
Sep. 13th, 2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
Rhodey's suit has a built in power source though, so whilst Starks's suits did rely on his chest piece, it would be easy enough to build his the same as Rhodey's from now on. Of course if some kind and considerate bad guy should happen to blast him in the chest and necessitate a new chest piece, I wouldn't complain. ;)
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