In Preparation For: Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World
With Avengers: Age of Ultron coming out this weekend, a lot of (crazy) people are trying to do the ultimate Marvel movie marathon, watching Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avengers, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy all in a row. Well, we're crazy too. Yes, me and our other writer, Rob, will be watching all 10 movies, 20 hours and 48 minutes, in preparation for Age of Ultron, and we will be doing reviews for each film as we go. Some reviews may come out at 3 o'clock in the morning, but that's just how it's going to be. Keep in mind, we both seen these movies before. So, let's get started!
Iron Man 3
Starting Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Iron Man 3. The film sees Shane Black take over the director's chair from Jon Favreau and sees the return of Robert Downey Jr. as the titular "man-in-a-can". Following the events of The Avengers, Tony is struggling with PTSD from the alien invasion, which have been haunting him ever since. I think this angle was a really interesting one that made Tony a more complex and intriguing character. In fact, I thought the first forty minutes or so were fantastic and would have made for a brilliant movie. But then a couple things went wrong. I think they should have taken the whole Extremis storyline out of the movie and focused solely on the Mandarin, played by Ben Kingsley. Secondly, while I thought that the plot twist with Kingsley actually being an actor and not the true Mandarin funny, I thought the movie would have been a million times better if they had left the twist out and he had really been the Mandarin. Before the twist, the Mandarin was an awesome, formidable villain who could have been one of the great Marvel villains, but the movie was weakened by the twist and the lack of strength in the Extremis story. With some revisions to the script, the movie could have been one of the best Marvel movies to date.
Phase 2 starts off with sort of a bang with Iron Man 3. We get to see RDJ up to his usual Iron Man days, doing what he wants whenever he wants, but when his world is stripped from him he must fight for his suit back. While this doesn't feel like a usual Iron Man movie it was a fantastic movie leading up to THE TWIST!!! I do think it was funny, but I thought The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) was a great villain and if it just focused on Kingsley's character instead of Killian (Guy Pearce), it would have been almost a perfect movie. The action, and especially the humor, were spot on and just the first half of the movie made me like this movie very much and it was a major step up from Iron Man 2. I can't wait to see Iron Man back on the big screen soon!(Possibly Iron Man 4???)
Thor: The Dark World
Next up is Thor: The Dark World. This is a movie where, when I initially saw it, I really enjoyed it. However, upon subsequent viewings, I have grown to dislike it more and more. Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) is probably the weakest villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is underdeveloped and there is nothing really compelling about his character. While the interactions between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his Asgardian friends were engaging at times, it was rather weak. However, the dynamic between Thor and Loki (Tom Hiddelston) is what carries this movie. Whenever they are on screen together, the film is elevated to a new level. Yet for the rest of the film, while not being truly bad, it is just boring. It's kind of a hard movie to get through after watching so many Marvel mvoies.
The follow up to Thor falls flat in many ways but has a few good qualities. The bright spots are the acting and the amazing chemistry between Loki (Tom Hiddelston) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth). However, the movie was pretty boring and hard to get through (almost fell asleep). The action isn't that great, his Earth friends aren't funny or memorable and the villain, Malekith, was one of the worst Marvel Villains I'd ever seen, completely flat. In the end I think I'm just not interested that much in the world of Asgard, hopefully Thor: Ragnarok change my mind and make me love the land of Asgard.
What do you think? Do you like Iron Man 3 or Thor: The Dark World? Are you looking forward to Avengers: Age of Ultron? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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