Iron Man 3
I have a feeling that a lot of people are going to say that the third installment wasn’t as good as the first one. I don’t know what they will base it on, but I believe it will all boil down to the movie lacking a sufficient number of white knuckle, adrenaline pumping sequences.
It doesn’t seem like that on the surface–2/3 of the movie is things exploding and a bunch of Marks flying around–but the movie doesn’t get the adrenaline rushing like the first one. But that doesn’t make the movie bad or even lesser than the first one, it just makes it different.
And it really is different. Even with all of the explosions and suits, IM3 is less about the Iron and more about the Man.
I’m generally able to tune out spoilers, so the only things I knew about the movie was that Stark is suffering from severe anxiety and spends a significant amount of time out of the suit and at some point, Pepper is in the suit. That’s it. So everything thing that I saw today was a surprise, including the things I already knew. It was a pleasant surprise.
I hate spoilers, so I’m not going to talk about the movie, but I’ll at least say this: After his experiences in The Avengers, Tony’s a little off kilter and understandably so. And because of his emotional state, the movie’s tone is a bit more subdued than the rest of the franchise.
IM3’s story was very good and I think that focusing on the Man is a good way to transition into the next movement in the life of Tony Stark. I’m very interest to see where it goes from here.