The summer blockbuster is finally upon us and the first movie that starts up this holiday tradition (to us film fans) is IRON MAN 3. It's safe to say that I was seriously let down by this movie, big time. Sure it has huge explosions and cool visual effects and some cool action sequences (most notably the last action sequence) but I wasn't impressed, I was expecting more. The plot is good with Stark getting post Avengers shocks and nightmares about what happened and the film makes some funny comments about Stark having those but it ultimately falls flat with one of the biggest characters in the movie: The Mandarin. Every hero needs a great villain right? The Mandarin, according to comic books, is Iron Man's arch nemesis and he is what Joker is to Batman. Oscar winner Ben Kinglsey does a good job in bringing Mandarin to life but I won't say what else happens where I was let down just in case some of you haven't seen it.
As the plot unravels and characters are being introduced, we discover that not only does Iron Man have one villain in this movie but he has 2 and the other one is Aldrich Killian played actively by Guy Pearce. He has this idea of a project that can display your brain via a 3D holographic image to read your mind and ultimately make you do things. The film has some cool action scenes I thought AVENGERS had better action scenes through out and was overall much more entertaining than this one and IRON MAN 2; with IRON MAN being the best one in the IRON MAN franchise.
Here's another issue I had with the film: it tried TOO hard to be funny, even in heroic and inspiring moments. Just don't. Those moments are meant to cause an inspiring reaction from the crowd not to make them laugh DURING that moment. Shane Black is a good director who know how to mix in comedy with action as he did when he directed LETHAL WEAPON and also has written many action/comedy films like LETHAL WEAPON 4 and THE LAST BOY SCOUT (a much superior movie than this one) but it feels forced in this one and it doesn't work in my opinion. We all know Tony is a cocky asshole at times but in this one he pushes his unlikability as displayed when he meets this kid and Tony is incredibly rude towards him. Tony isn't likable in this one. IRON MAN is in a whole other world and is the far better movie in the franchise, then IRON MAN 2 and then this one. Even though IRON MAN 3 opened up as the 2nd opening weekend gross of all time behind last year's AVENGERS, its been a stale start to the summer blockbuster season so far.