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Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3 (2013)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I think the "twist" of there not really being Mandarin, and the Mandarin just being a decoy just backfired. I mean, really? Imagine if they made a Superman movie with the main villain shown in the trailers being "Doomsday", and then in the movie, all that "Doomsday" is, is a distraction decoy created by Lex Luthor, and is nothing but a robot created to look like an alien filled with Kryptonite. You're like, what?

As comic book fans, you're going to be disappointed that there's no Mandarin showdown. However, if you don't know the Mandarin from the comic book, it's just the usual Iron Man fanfare. Not great, but not bad... just a lot of stupid moments.

Some of the stupid:
1. Bad guys = bad aim. Who trains these guys, really?
2. Opportunity to kill the heroes. Heroes get captured, especially Tony Stark, but all you do is zip tie him? Good God. Even Dr. Evil at least had frickin' sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their frickin' heads.
3. "House Party" Protocol. Yeah, let's save that for last when you could have used it earlier when it could have saved a lot of headache.
4. "Clean Slate" Protocol. Um... good thing all the bad guys were dead and gone, because if you blew up all your Iron Men suits just for a fireworks show and some of the bad guys actually survived, gg no re.
5. The entire "end plan" was to get the Vice President to become the President after killing the President. Why the Mandarin decoy and all that jazz about making a show of it? Just kill the President and have the Vice President become the President already who you have in your pocket to control. Jesus Christ. You're that intelligent to come up with a Think Tank, and that's all you come up with?
6. Tony Stark's mansion just got blown up, and a vital member of the Avenger's team is presumed dead. Nice to know members of his team, or even Nick Fury don't show up to check it out. Imagine, a villain going to kill the members of the Avengers one by one, you'd think someone might want to look into it.

This movie tries too hard to be too smart, but ends up being pretty stupid, instead. The Iron Man suits fall apart too easily, and you wonder what the hell happened to those suits. What's with the new prototype, anyway? What was so special about it over the other ones? Yeah, don't get into that detail.

Anyways, I'm being pretty lenient giving it 2 and a half stars, it could have been a lot worse, but hey, it still had the humor and great special effects, but I was really expecting "Iron Man 3 is going to be the best of the Iron Man series" remark.