I love Shane Black’s movies. I love that he gets action the way that very few people do. (Similar to how I feel about Nora Ephron and romantic comedy, frankly.) I love Lethal Weapon, The Good Guys and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, especially Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.
Iron Man 3 is the clearest example, in my opinion of the Phase 2 “different genres dressed in superhero suits” idea. (Dark World is a fantasy melodrama, Guardians a space opera, Winter Soldier a political thriller, Ant-Man a heist) This is an 80’s style throwback action movie, and a really good one at that.
Iron Man 3 is just so much goddamned fun, that I really can’t fault even the parts that I’m not crazy about. They are few and far between but include pretty much everything about Vice President Mel Ferrer (RIP) being in on the Mandarin’s/AIM’s plans for reasons? I guess the HYDRA reveal wasn’t set up yet, but I’ve retconned it into this movie, because it’s the only thing that connects that wrinkle to anything. I am otherwise completely delighted by this movie. Pepper running Stark Corp. Happy being obsessed with Downton Abbey. Rhodey’s rebranding. Tony not caring for Rhodey’s rebranding. The kid. All of it. I love this movie.
I went in ready to not love it as much, but nope. I love it. It’s great. Robert Downey Jr. is great in is. Guy Pearce is great in it. Gwyneth Paltrow is not as good as she was previously in this role, but still good. Ben Kingsley is FUGGEDAHBOUTIT brilliant in this movie. I have no criticisms. I think this is one of those things that I love so much I can’t find fault with it.
As much as I love Iron Man 3, I am indifferent to Thor: The Dark World, my god, is this a dull movie. It’s so dull that I forgot to review it when I saw it back in the first movie season. Seriously, it has some great moments, anything with Loki, pretty much, the planning of the escape run from Asgard, and Hemsworth really looks great. (The bathing scene, swoon.) But yeah, it’s not a good movie, it’s overstuffed, overly important and such a disappointing follow up to Thor, which I really do like a lot.
It’s kind of remarkable that the first two official sequels in the MCU are such let downs. Obviously the next part 2 is probably the best entry in the entire series, (My love for Winter Soldier is clearly documented.) And that’s where we’re headed next week. We pick up with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians Of The Galaxy and I don’t think there’s a stronger pairing in the lineup I have planned here.
PS: Last night’s Super Bowl trailers were pretty cool. “Some people move on, but we don’t,” is a statement that’s both dark and inspirational, very Cap. Also, Higher Further Faster, baby!