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May 4, 2013 - 6:12AM
Thanks Mary. I enjoyed your review and agree with it totally! I loved the movie and plan to see it again this week! thanks for sharing your ideas with us.
May 4, 2013 - 7:56PM
Thanks for the insights. I was a bit drained when I left the showing last evening -- the pacing was so brisk that I felt overwhelmed by the action scenes. I like a film with "rests" between the "let's blow-a-bunch-of-stuff-up" sequences so I have time to process what I just saw. Shane Black's direction was so relentless, I felt like I was getting visually hammered.
May 5, 2013 - 11:11AM
If you don't like Shane Black, if you can't parse his particular brand of sardonic wit and brainy action, you may not like this movie -- but calling it a "disappointment" is a stretch, folks. That's your opinion, and like you know what, everyone has one. But you can't judge this movie based on the first two Iron Man movies.
I do agree with most of what you write, but the above quote bugged me a little. Isn't that exactly the point, that everything anyone feels about this movie is THEIR opinion? There's just no "right" or "wrong". And yes, everyone has one. Just as of course you can only ever be disappointed if you expected something in the first place. But of course people will expect some things and compare the movie to the other Iron Man movies rather than to KKBB, as it is, after all, a sequel. And that's ok, as much as it is ok that they're playing with certain expectations and breaking some of them. Wouldn't it be boring otherwise? ;)
Thing is, I loved the movie! Really! And I will see it again, a third time. And maybe even a fourth. And I usually don't do that. But I also don't feel that I am not allowed to say that I may have welcomed some AC/DC somewhere, for example ;)
I do, however, agree with the "maybe too smart", as a lot of people seem to be bothered with the Mandarin plot, which I totally don't understand. I mean, the purpose was not to make a 1:1 movie adaption of the comics and I think the way they dealt with the Mandarin is absolutely brilliant and very smart. I am actually a little hurt by the way the critical reviews developed during the last week, the movie was well over 90% until then on rotten tomatoes and it's currently at 79. And I think it deserves a lot better than that! While I may sound like the devils advocate here, the things I "criticize" are seriously absolutely minor and I feel that it should have scored way above 90%... I guess the last word isn't yet spoken, but I doubt it'll make it up to 90 again...
The only other thing I find important I want to mention here: Wholly pointed out to me that Shane Black said somewhere that they cut about 75 minutes out of the movie! And obviously without knowing what they're about, I could very well imagine that they would make the movie feel a little less rushed. I do very much hope that there will be some sort of DVD/blu ray release that includes most of this, that would be pure awesome!
Ok, let's face it, all in all it comes down to "the movie should have been longer". I absolutely loved it, I agree that it needs repeated viewings to get even better and I can't wait to go to see it again :)
Age (opt) 29
May 6, 2013 - 6:40PM
I saw the film again on Sunday, and loved it so much more. The plot was so complex the first time, I think I was just struggling to keep up. On the second viewing, I was able to focus in on the actors, great scenes and Robert's wonderful development of Tony from an fast-quipping, adorable walking ego to an actual grownup (without losing the quips and adorable). Definitely recommend going to see it again. Box office has been great, but all of us fans should strive to recommend it to friends, because of the weirdness of the second-round critics. When you're a big target, you have to learn to expect some low blows...
May 7, 2013 - 2:22AM
So **** True Mary......"an acute observation" i can say
Age (opt) 31