I am truly tired of Gwyneth Paltrow. Yes, she and Downey have wonderful chemistry, but this movie suffers from the bane of threequels - Paltrow insisted that Pepper Potts be given more to do! Why does she have to have more to do? Someday I dream of a sequel that only offers more of the same. Why can't I just have more of what I liked in the first place. Gwyneth Paltrow kicking ass is not on my list. While I like watching Paltrow suffer (I almost paid to see CONTAGION because her character dies horribly), in Iron Man 3 she is tortured...while wearing a belly-baring sports bra. Is her flat and toned belly a perverse product placement for her personal trainer?
Jon Favreau appears again as Stark's comic relief/bodyguard Happy, but he has recused himself from directing #3 in favor of Shane Black. Black is famous for writing the first Lethal Weapon, Last Action Hero, Long Kiss Goodnight...then a nine-year career gap before he wrote and directed the underseen old-fashioned buddy action comedy Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (starring Downey with Val Kilmer.) Some Iron Man 3 details are reminiscent of Black's late 1980s heyday (and Lethal Weapon in particular):
- Action movie set at Christmastime
- Hero runs through a lot full of Christmas trees for sale
- Heroes in oceanside mansion, ambushed by surprise helicopter attack
- Final standoff aboard a transport tanker ship
- ...the President and Vice President are played by legendary character actors William Sadler (Hard to Kill, Die Hard 2) and Miguel Ferrer (Robocop, Miami Vice)!
|Looks like the suit needs some Bondo and Armor-All...|
My Grade: B minus
THEATER NOTES: Emily and I have already lamented that the extremely violent Iron Man movies are shamelessly marketed to children- the childrens' toys are everywhere - so I should not be surprised that this rated PG-13 movie (for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief suggestive content) screening was full of young children. At least three sets of parents brought their 8-11-year-old kids to see Iron Man 3, which features many evil demonic villains who burn from the inside like demons, and sometimes explode- early in the movie, one bad guy blows up on the street kind of like a suicide bomber...or a certain pair of terrorist brothers.
(With Emily, Arlington Capitol (big screen), in glorious 2D, between our third annual Yard Sale and my 10th annual Walk for Hunger.)