So a while back, you guys saw me review my favourite movies in the MCU, now I will give you reviews on my two least favourites, starting with Iron Man 3. Now this isn’t the worst superhero movie ever, but it is, to me, an overall disappointment. Many people liked this when it came out, and that’s perfectly fine, but I don’t get it.
This movie was advertised heavily as a darker, more personal story- from trailers to posters. And yet nothing in the movie conveys that. This movie is jam packed with comedy that kills the tension on so many occasions. Shane Black’s movies are full of comedy, but they have innovative and ingenious storytelling behind them that are very unpredictable. This doesn’t have that as its just the story of Rocky 3; hero gets beaten and spends whole movie coming back to fight.
And of course, you have to discuss that twist with the villain. Now if Shane Black had full control over the script and made the premise more unique, like his other films, then it would have been great. But it doesn’t work here because they set up the villain too well with Ben Kingsley delivering a staggering performance, so it feels juvenile. And they replace him with Guy Pierce, an actor I absolutely adore, but his character is a blank slate- he’s just a business rival, which isn’t as good as a terrorist. So not only do they scrap a perfectly good villain they set up but they replace him with a very underwhelming one.
Those two elements ruin the experience for me. There’s other problems, like the pacing feels sloppy sometimes and because the tone is so over the place that dramatic scenes come off as flat. I just don’t think Shane Black was the right director for this- he’s so much better on his own but under the command of a big superhero franchise, it doesn’t work.
So yeah, Iron Man 3 didn’t do anything for. It’s not the worst thing ever or the worst superhero movie ever (not even top 30) but it just feels shallow and misguided.
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