Just saw Ironman 3 last night, and wow did I enjoy it. I’m not going to say I love it yet, I want to go see it again to really get a feel for it. I think the biggest hurdle this movie has is the fact that it’s not a superhero movie anymore. It’s much more of a thriller, maybe a little Jason Bournish, with a mystery all through it. This is not a review, this is purely a comparison to the Ironman Franchise, including Avengers.
This is the mis steps Ironman 3. This is a mixed complaint, but the movie doesn’t have a really fast pace or great story structure. There’s no 3 act template so the movie, probably on only the first viewing,, doesn’t seem to have a direction for a lot of it. The story is also very untraditional. A british screenwriter Drew Pearce wrote the script with Shane Black and you can really feel his hand here. It feels like a new franchise, and a new character. there’s also a real lack of action during the beginning. Also the snappy dialogue is gone and it’s more of a dry wit sort of thing, so it’s not as funny, whilst still being pretty funny. The complaints that I have are more in the comparison with The Avengers then Ironman 2. There’s also a character moment that I won’t spoil that personally I enjoyed, but I can understand why people found it unsatisfactory.
Now the positives, and there are many, is that this is the most mature Marvel film out of the bunch, and while I did complain that Tony Stark wasn’t swarmy or Jokey enough, that’s the point, he’s not the smooth talker anymore, we get a little bit of it in the beginning, but now he’s out of his element. The humor is darker and more specific dialogue then the rapid fire style of the first two. But Ironman 2 was too jokey with lazy humor, people talking over each other, and it really wan’t all that funny. This is a new side of Tony Stark, much more vulnerable and frightened almost frail portrayal.
This movie is ultimately a left turn for the franchise, instead of being a traditional action movie, it’s a thriller. As a thriller it’s pretty bad ass, It wasn’t very convoluted it has good villains, really good acting,and a real sense of threat. Most of the time Ironman is in a defective suit and can’t fight the way he usually does adding a sense of danger, that was missing in Avengers and Ironman 2. Also the villain to me hands down is a mass improvement for the franchise, much more clear motivations, and a plan that’s actually excellent.
Basicaly all my complaints with Ironman are in comparison with Avengers, it was hard to top and I don’t think they were trying to do that, I think they were trying to make a tony stark centric story and focus back on the characters. In comparison with Ironman 2, it’s a much more superior film, in almost every fashion. So for anybody wondering it’s better then Ironman 2 not as good as Avengers. If you come in expecting Avengers you will be utterly disappointed. I’m finding more things to appreciate it the more I think about it