With Iron Man 3 being first Marvel movie since last year’s crazy successful The Avengers and the beginning of “Phase 2” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you could definitely say “the block was hot” with anticipation for Tony Stark’s latest adventure. Maybe you don’t use the term “the block was hot”, but I like to it toss it around every now and again. I keep it real.
As the title of this post says, there are spoilers. So I’m just going to come out and say that I did not care for how the Mandarin was portrayed in this movie. Look, I understand if you don’t want the Mandarin to be some Chinese guy with ten power rings like he is in the comics. I get it, but I felt a bit cheated that Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin was really a front and an act put together by the film’s real villain Aldrich Killian (portrayed by Guy Pearce). Technically, Killian was the “real” Mandarin but it’s still a bait-and-switch for comic book fans that knew that Kingsley’s Mandarin was based on the comic book Mandarin.
It’s the whole deal with Ra’s al Ghul from Batman Begins all over again: Ken Watanabe looked like Ra’s al Ghul according to the comics, but it was a white guy (Liam Neeson’s character was the “real” Ra’s al Ghul) pulling the strings all along. It’s a decent twist for one superhero movie, but not two. I wonder if anyone even bothered to remind them that something similar already happened in a DC Comics movie.
And I don’t even care that much about Mandarin, I just know he’s one of Iron Man’s biggest arch-rivals and it seems like they combined two villains into one when either Killian or Mandarin would’ve worked fine on their own.
That said, I was really happy with how this movie turned out. The first Iron Man movie was good but the second Iron Man movie was lame (seriously… WHIPLASH??) so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The portions with the kid were a bit too cutesy for me but I think, overall, this is the best Iron Man movie yet. It was great seeing all of the various Iron Man armors in action and I loved that they gave War Machine/Iron Patriot more time in this movie. I could totally see the next Iron Man movie becoming a buddy action movie with Iron Man & Iron Patriot getting equal time. Downey Jr. & Cheadle work well together.
Heck, if the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to be a juggernaut, they should think about giving Don Cheadle his own movie (though I’d prefer it if he went back to the War Machine name) during Phase 3. I mean, if Ant-Man is getting his own movie, I don’t see why James Rhodes can’t.
Okay, I’m a nerd & geek in someways (certainly not as much as my friend FlowerBoobs) but I’ve never been a huge fan of things sci-fi in nature. Hey, I love Star Wars but that’s always been more fantasy/adventure to me whereas Star Trek I’ve always seen as pure sci-fi. I’ve seen episodes from The Next Generation and even a few of that crews movies and I’ve always found it to be very boring. I even made an honest attempt to get into the ’60s show back when it used to air in the afternoons in my viewing area back in the early ’90s. I couldn’t get into it.
When it was announced that J.J. Abrams was rebooting/revamping/re-imagining/reheating/restarting/rewiring/whatever Star Trek, I could not have cared less. I had no interest in seeing it. Even after people told me it was good, I still didn’t care. It was STAR TREK. Star Trek has never been cool to me. It is its own little geek world that never appealed to me. But, it just so happens that I was convinced to watch 2009 Star Trek movie just last year and as it turns out it was decent. I mean, it didn’t send me into “OMG STAR TREKZ!!!!” mode but it was fine.
When Star Trek Into Darkness was announced, I figured I’d get around to watching it on DVD or Blu-ray and that’d be about it. As fate would have it, I found myself going to the theater to see it (in 3D no less!) during its second week.
I thought it was certainly a lot better than the previous movie. Even as someone who doesn’t know Star Trek very well, I still picked up on a number of references to the original series. But I think it is a bit odd to keep doing that (such as the reappearance of the other Spock). Let this universe stand on its own (as much as it can). And while I’ve never seen Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, this is pretty much J.J. Abrams’ take on that movie. Will they go looking for Spock in Part III?
Anyway, the movie was much much better than I ever thought it would be (even if I still can’t stand Chris Pine and found myself actually hoping Kirk had died). Even if you’re not a Trekkie, this is still a movie worth watching.
I now leave you with a photo of Alice Eve in her bra & panties from a scene in Star Trek Into Darkness.