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galahath2099 5/3/2013 8:08:39 AM

I saw it and cant undestand WTF hapen, it sucks

shame on you Shene Black

Shame on you Robert Downey Jr.

gumbo82 5/3/2013 8:22:47 AM

I can't wait to see this. I figured there would be a lot of comic relief in this. Anybody remember Kiss kiss bang bang. One of the funniest movies I've ever seen and another movie with Shane Black and Downey attached.

flyinroo 5/3/2013 9:03:25 AM

 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was awesome. So this being IM3 wiith Black and Downey back together, I had high hopes. The trailers looked amazing. The Mandarin looked like he would be an incredible bad guy. I have enjoyed all of Marvel's Phase 1 movies. So with all that in mind, I was really pumped for this movie, but ultimately I was totally let down. 

There were some really enjoyable parts, and some great dialogue, but the story was really bad overall. The Mandarin was a hugely enormous let down to say the least. I hope the rest of Phase 2 is much better than this. I will add it to my Marvel movie library just because it belongs there, but I likely will never watch it. It is the worst of the Marvel movies to date IMO.

panzerhd 5/3/2013 10:10:24 AM

I did the marathon which was alot fun.  I thought the movie had alot good things that have come to light and some not so good things to it.  It will be interesting to see how far Marvel carries the Iron Man suit advancement.  I disliked shane blacks direction on getting away from what the Mandarin is all though with his powers for more of a sceince approach.  I dont want to talk to much about it till after most people see it hate ruining a movie that way.

JackTChance 5/3/2013 10:23:07 AM

Greetings, been checking Mania for years, finally decided to join up.  Did the Iron Man Marathon yesterday, was a good time all in all.  I have to say, what struck me about Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Avengers is they have held up.  I have watched them all numerous times and still enjoy watching them.  I'm not sure I can say the same for Iron Man 3.  


Overall I'd give the movie a B, maybe a B-.  Although I found myself laughing (a lot) throughout the movie, I felt myself wanting more. The one liners and jokes were great, but what I loved about Avengers was there was a near perfect balance between wit, comedy and action.  This movie seemed like more of a vehicle to show us how many times Robert Downey can make us laugh.  Don't get me wrong, he is and will forever be Tony Stark/Iron Man.  Watching him breath life into the complex comic book character that is Tony Stark has been a real pleasure.  Iron Man 3 felt like a little too much Tony....not enough Iron Man, if that makes sense.  In fact, after the show, I heard a comment made by a moviegoer that the movie should have been called Tony Stark 1 not IM3, that kinda nails it.  It was a great film if you want to see more than the outer layer of Tony Stark.  He opens up to Pepper right off the bat, heck, he even opens up to Harley (the kid) whilst in Tennessee.  

I think the anxiety/PTSD angle was great, who wouldn't have problems after what happened in New York/Avengers.  I mean, in that movie, Tony fights thousands of invading aliens, giant armored monsters, sees people dying, 1/2 of Manhatten leveled and makes the choice to fly a nuke through a wormhole to some other end of the galaxy (basically sacrificing his life), seriously....the only people who wouldn't be slightly traumatized would be a god, a hulk and some assassins.  Anyhow, that part of Tony's development was an A for me.

My main problems were from a comic book "purest" point of view.  Isn't the Mandarin supposed to be Iron Man's greatest enemy?  HIs "Lex Luthor" in some regards.  I can't tell if what Black did with the Mandarin was genius or insulting to comic book fans?  I read an interview where he said he wanted to "ground the Mandarin in realism".  Why in the hell would you do that? For crying out loud, we just had previous movies that introduce us to Asgardian Gods, magic hammers, Tesaracts, giant armored flying slugs?  What the hell does he mean, realism?  Don't know about you, but I go to see superhero movies to suspend reality a bit.  So was not happy with the Mandarin.  

Also cramming AIM, Mandarin, Aldrich Killian, and Maya Hansen/Extremis into one movie smacks of Batman and Robin or Spidey 3....too many villians, too much going on and convoluted.  

Anyhow, overall liked the movie.  Disappointed with a few things in there and, admittedly, after Avengers, my expectations were too high.  Left me wanting yeah...B or B-.  Going to see it again on Sunday, to see if it stands up a 2nd time.   Hoping to see more of Robert Downey in Avengers 2 and another Iron Man movie.  

RaithManan 5/3/2013 12:43:10 PM

I really wanted to give the film a B , but I just can't do it.  It was right there until the plot twist occurred and the momentum fizzled from that point.  Shane Black tried to pull a Batman Begins with his Ras' Al'Ghul moment of The Mandarin, but it just missed badly on e how it played out down the stretch.  Sir Ben Kingsley was pure threatening for much of the movie.  And you could tell he was having the best fun in a role in years.  I did like the theatrics being played, once things were revealed.  I was totally invested with Ben, despite the Mandarin character being grounded, but he made it work. 

But when Aldrich Killian was revealed as the mastermind as "THE REAL MANDARIN", that is where the film lost points as he slowly throughout the movie progressed into the annoying campy villain (a'la Wilem Dafoe villain run in Speed 2) where you wound up laughing at him rather than taking him seriously. 

The threat was solid and challenging, but lost its intimidation factor in the final act because of Guy Pearce's character goes from being the jilted, humiliated sap who developed cold-hearted mean streak from being rubbed the wrong way by Tony's ego, to just being a total farce acting like a corny-line spouting, cheshire cat grinning buffoon.  And makes you wonder that perhaps he deserved being humiliated in the first place.  

Overall, a soft B minus.  Better than #2 but not by much, but clearly not as nearly as good as the first outing.      

JackTChance 5/3/2013 1:32:43 PM

 I agree with Raith that the "twist" seemed forced, or even an afterthought.  Another "complaint" I AC/DC anywhere in the soundtrack!!  AC/DC was in there for Iron Man, IM2 and Avengers....what gives?

hanso 5/3/2013 1:46:11 PM

 Hey, at least they didn't get a black guy to play the Mandarin, so Iron Man 3 has that going for it.

Higgy 5/3/2013 1:53:02 PM movie friend had to bail on me because his sewer was backing up.  DAMNIT!  Now I have to wait.

THIS SUCKS!  I hope you all ENJOY your MOVIE!

Tevii 5/3/2013 2:09:19 PM

was the movie a GOOD movie- No, was it a fun movie - YES!

the mandarin twist was clever writing, but i didnt care for it overall. I think the overall story mustve been laid out BEFORE Avengers or Thor came out. It was a way to make the character work in a pre Thor world.

But I didnt think it was necessary since they already introduced that world to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

sure there were some over-the-top things, but thats to be expected. But it did feel more like a Tony stark movie than an Iron man movie and it felt like they are closing the Iron Man franchise which makles sense if RDJ isnt interested.

My main complaint is that, the trailer was NOTHING like the movie at all. It was a completely different feel, tone and story than you would expect after watching the trailer.

MoS now has the chance to be the best CBM this summer. UNLESS the rumors that Krypton never blew up are true. that will be a million times WORSE than the Manadarin twist



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