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Rizing 5/3/2013 11:53:57 PM

I just got back from seeing it in 3D.

I really liked it. It was definitely better than IM2 even to the point of exhaustion. But I have to say that I'm a little disappointed with the direction they took Mandarin in. Not that it wasn't clever, but I think all of us were wondering how they were going to pull off those magical 10 rings. Maybe it was for the best. And then what happened to Pepper... well... Iron Man's world just got weirder. Nice after-credits scene played for humor, not foreshadow.

It was great work!

Wes1970 5/4/2013 12:02:42 AM

 Well I agree with most of you on here that IM3, while not quite as good as the first is better than the second.

(Spoiler Alert ... If you still need one lol...

I'm suprised no one has mentioned the Fin Fang Foom reference thru Killian. I thought both the way they combined the two as the main villain and the twist with the Mandarin were brilliant. Lets not forget , as of yet in this marvel U the idea of true magic has not been introduced. Thor is explained more as advanced science than mythical powers and sorcery. To have the Mandarin be portrayed as he is in the comics would be a huge departure from the existing story arc. Iron Man has been centered on tech based villains to then switch to some magic powered warlord woulhave been totally wrong in my opinion. Why would you not continue the story with a mad scientist type that's smart enough to realize he needed a patsy to take the blame. Why would you want your face to be the most hated man in the world. It makes good sense to me. 

I would say they went a little overboard with the whole "armor assemble" scenes in which he gets knocked all over by his own suit as it attaches to him. But as I think of it he was playing a guy that hasn't slept in forever. So maybe that was how it was intended to loll , reckless. 

Wes1970 5/4/2013 12:04:23 AM

 Look reckless. I meant lol

kennynine 5/4/2013 12:57:24 AM

 Wes I must disagree. I actually liked the Mandarin twist so I am ok with the direction the filmakers took. However, if the Mandarin did have magic rings in the movie, I don't think that would be a huge departure from the established Marvel film universe. Audiences have accepted Thor's hammer, and title as a "God" in this film universe. Even if Thor's hammer is just "advanced science", couldn't there also be ten rings that harness some "advanced science?"

I hear Apple has a crazy tech ring in development so its already grounded in reality. :)

Wiseguy 5/4/2013 7:35:05 AM

I have been reading IM for ages and I still in the end accepted the twist. The fact is that Killian was the Mandarin. Yeah I would've dug the power rings but knew and had accepted they weren't part of the deal.

I see a lot of aspects that have similarities from the comics so I think the mishmash of influences worked great.

And had the best action of all 3 IM films by a mile.

I rank it just ahead of the 1st. It had heart, comedy and action galore

Wiseguy 5/4/2013 7:36:40 AM

Oh and of course I'll be going back since I didn't take the ol' lady for the IM marathon. This time in I-Max

Wes1970 5/4/2013 7:47:20 AM

 Kenny, I see your point and also agree to a certain extent. While I'm no expert on Iron Man lore it seems that there have been some variations on the Mandarin and his 10 rings of power. Lol admitinly nothing like the movies version. I remember reading (and may even own) a comic that sums it up like this ...

Fin Fang Foom is dragon to us but is really part of an alien race that crashed on earth ages ago. His brethren slept in hibernation while he didn't. The 10 rings were part of the spacecraft and were either found or given to the Mandarin. It's revealed that they are in fact hi tech devices that amplify power. In the end the dragons all rise upand are about to destroy Iron  Man. He defeated Mandarin and channeled his repusors thru the rings ( and Mandarin's hands lol) and vaporized all the other dragons. So point taken, while this is a crude summary there is a basis they could have used to provide a Mandarin with rings of power. But I still feel the direction they took was a good one. You have to factor in the non comic reading fans as the bulk of thier audience. The switch they pulled on us was something I was not even in the slightest expecting. We didn't get a movie with 2 villains, an ending with 2 guys in iron suits decking it out, and we got to see just how smart and resourceful Tony could be even without his toys. 

Wes1970 5/4/2013 7:49:42 AM

 Wise, maybe you can back me on the summary and story I'm describing. As I said I'm no expert on IM lore. 

Wiseguy 5/4/2013 8:17:29 AM

Yeah Wes that's pretty close. Which is why my one pet peeve although small is that long ago Black pretty much said there would be no rings. But after seeing the film and what the extremis can make people do the rings would have fit right in and especially considering what's already happened in this unviverse.

I do hate that some keep calling the rings mystical or magic, they're alien technology

Wiseguy 5/4/2013 8:20:38 AM

I just consider Killian the actual Mandarin. And still wonder if maybe somehow he could've survived.

Or what if in the end Kingsley's character really is the Mandarin and just pulled a misdirection. Although I doubt this is the case

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