Monday, May 6, 2013

Ferrous Fellow

 
As will come to a surprise to no one who has seen my "Nerd Hut" post, I made sure and saw Iron Man 3 opening weekend.  The fact I actually waited until Sunday afternoon to do so was a slight show of maturity mixed with heavy doses of trepidation.  I mean, the Mandarin?  Didn't they learn from the horrible, awful, rotten crapfest of Spiderman 3 that mixing things like evil emo alien suits into an already perilously believable setting turns your film into satire at best, and, well, Spiderman 3 at worst. 
 
The Mandarin, for those unaware (see also, those who had dates in high school) is Iron Man's arch enemy.  He's vastly diabolical, an expert in martial arts and, of yeah, he has 10 magic rings that each have a different power (freezing, disintegration, mind control, etc.)  Joss Whedon with Steve Spielberg strapped to his back and the ghost of Shakespeare whispering in his ear wouldn't even stand a chance.




Thankfully, the creators of the film eschewed such an idea to embrace and much more filmable premise--How about the bad guy be a fellow scientist, a geek gone wild, tapping into holes in the brain to maximize its potential to dangerous levels.  So, as soon as I heaved a happy and relieved sigh at the lack of magic rings, other things happened, other bizarre things.  Some of which made me yearn for a freeze ray or maybe even an appearance by Fin Fang Foom.
 
Marvel's go-to dragon.  Huge as the Empire State Building (which probably explain the pants--Fin Fang WHOA!!!)

 
Let's start with our villain's visit to the lovely, spunky Pepper Potts, a lust object to him and now, thanks to Extreme Makeover, Evil Loser Edition, she goes into giddy schoolgirl mode as he gives her a close look at his enormous brain hole.  Pepper, please!
 


 
 
And then the movie really started, the film seemed very uninterested in the setup of the plot, but once the action began we obviously had the director's attention.  What followed I can best describe as graffiti on a bullet train.  It is extremely possible that some of the film was fantastic but, for the most part, that train was going by at full-speed giving one no chance to enjoy/love/appreciate/dislike any of it.  Images and words flew by, a few splattering on the windshield of my mind, but most whizzing by like fireflies in a blender.  When the movie did slow down, Tony and the kid, the PTSD angle, brilliant Ben Kingsley, it was quite enjoyable.  The bullet train would slow down just enough for me to jump on and then it would almost instantly fling me right back off.
 
See ET?  That was me through much of the film.

 
I fully understand that people, especially younger people, are getting shorter and shorter attention spans but to pander to that as this level is to be a cause as much as a reflection.  Myself, I enjoy having something overwhelm my senses but it needs to do so for a reason, not just because it can.  It made The Avengers (a far better, smarter film) look like The Color Purple with its frenetic, 1/2-second-shot pace.

Bobby D will always be the ultimate Tony Stark, the role was born for him as it were.  And he doesn't even disappoint a little here.  He is the solid center of all 3 films.  The bit after the credits alone was worth whatever portion of my long-term memory I had to sacrifice to try and keep up with the rest of the film.  And, in the spirit of that, I present my very own after-blog Easter eggs--Iron Cats



Iron Cat

Tabby Stark
 
Thanks to all of you for stopping by.  I do so love all your comments and really appreciate them.


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May 7, 2013 at 9:32 AM

I have absolutely no idea of what you're talking about hahaha. Have never seen one of these movies in my life, except ET, not my kind of movies I'm afraid. But I just love the photos of Iron cat and Tabby Stark.
xoxoxo

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May 7, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Thank your so much for your sweet comment, i always like to read it :)
Great post it is so fun!!
Come back and tell me what do you think at;
http://peaceinmyshoes.blogspot.com.es

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May 7, 2013 at 4:17 PM

I am going into a fit of coughing and if I die prematurely I am sending my family to sue you...OMG...Tabby Stark is hysterical! I have yet to see this film. Iron Man 1 and 2, X-men and the Avengers are the only movies Ive seen in years. Well I did see the sucky Spider Man movie of which you speak. No one but Bobby D could play Tony unless of course it's Tabby. I am so glad I found your site...You are a kindred spirit...I fear for you! HA!

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May 7, 2013 at 8:14 PM

love the helmet on the cat Xo Megan, www.TfDiaries.com

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May 7, 2013 at 9:19 PM

That's so funny! Thanks so much for checking it out even though its not your things. Very sweet of you. Maybe you will one day hit a nerd phase and then it will all make sense :)

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May 7, 2013 at 9:20 PM

That is so kind of you. And believe me, I will never miss one of your posts especially after that last one was SO amazing!

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May 7, 2013 at 9:21 PM

It made me wonder if maybe he munched on it afterwards :) Thanks again, lovely, for stopping by.

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May 7, 2013 at 9:32 PM

To: The Estate of Zoe Cote From: Down With Pants, Inc.

Re: Lawsuit for wrongful death due to excessive giggling settlement

Sirs and madams, please find enclosed 1 case Red Vine licorice as agreed to in the terms of our settlement and accept our heartfelt condolences on the passing of our beloved friend Zookey.

No, no. I am hoping it hasn't come to that and that you are yet sucking air. You have some smashing taste in films, I can recommend Fantastic Four which, while not an entirely good movie, really spoke to me, especially Chris Evans as The Human Torch. So maybe you would like that as well.

And I consider the idea that I am anything like you a fantastic compliment. Remember, I have read your writing.

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May 7, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Aw man, I want to see Iron Man 3 so bad! I just can't find a date to take me to go see it :P Haha, there's such a struggle on what to spend money on lately. Ugh, I hate budgeting! -_-

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May 8, 2013 at 12:49 PM

I stand corrected. I am hot for the silver surfer and saw that one too. You gotta love a silver coated surfer of the cosmos with far too high a moral code.

PS Red Vine is truly the only choice over twizzlers! My family will feel comforted.

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May 8, 2013 at 3:01 PM

The idea of you not being able to find a date is even more ridiculous than the plot of Spiderman 3. Now having trouble finding one worth your company, that I can believe :)

You rock!

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May 8, 2013 at 3:04 PM

A high moral code and yet...no pants. He at least needs a tee shirt that reads:

"Surf Nekkid"

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