A film that is hollow, full of lies and leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
To quote The Mandarhin (SPOILERS AHOY
I didn't like this film. But in a weird, weird way.
Iron Man 3 has Stark on some fascinating PTSD, promising us a interesting conflict of morals and themes for this character (Could The Invencible Iron Man no longer be invincible?), even the romance seems well-written here [I usually hate romance]. Then we are introduced to the fearsome Mandarin, a brillant
adaptation of the comic book character, perfectly updated for modern times and with master actor Ben Kingsley
, he was a promise to become one of the best, most charismatic and remembered comic book film villains of all time. His introduction is the best part of the entire movie by far
The only flaw of this first half is Pearce's character, which I found bland, smug in a bad way, badly-written, generic and really Fucking
annoying. But we had The Mandarin, so I was at peace.
The movie is proceeding brillantly with Stark's conflicts and love-life as we reach mid-way through and Stark's Darkest Hour
. Then we see a kid sidekick which isn't too
bad, but unnecessary.
they show Mandarin never actually existed and Pearce's monumentally annoying character takes the spotlight. So they crafted that brillant
character only to throw him out of the window in the most insulting way possible, only to replace him with the worst comic book film villain in recent memory.
bad idea wrecks the movie: Pearce's character can't provide a philosophical match for Tony (unlike Obadiah
), and as a result the final battle feels lacking in emotion and heart, all the interesting conflicts of Tony are abruptly dropped mid-way through the movie way too soon and without sufficient explanation, too many scenes focused on Pearce
and we are left with one hour of mediocrity and a generic action movie without heart or soul, different from the psychologically interesting 1/2.
To sum it up, I'd say Iron Man 3 is a movie that flirts with greatness, only to shoot greatness in the face with a shotgun and piss on its corpse later, thus destroying all the movie's effort and condemning it to a generic action movie that is in some ways, the worst movie of this trilogy.
9/10 for the fist half, 5/10 for the second half.