Movie Review by Jack Silbert
On the off-chance that your family hasn’t seen Iron Man 3 yet, I have a controversial suggestion for you: Don’t go. Oh, I know, the kids have been begging. They’ll kind of hate you for a little while if you don’t take them. But maybe years from now—at a wedding, or your retirement party—they’ll come up and say, “Hey, thanks for looking out for me. I finally caught Iron Man 3 and wow, was it kind of lousy.”
Though if you do end up at the multiplex this weekend, I totally understand. Hey, I went to see it. Even sprung for the 3-D. Why? Because I’d seen parts 1 and 2, that’s why. And The Avengers. I liked The Avengers a whole lot! So I was actually looking forward to this.
|A bit of flag-waving in Iron Man 3|
• too confusing and too mature for kids
• not particularly good in almost any regard: story, script, casting, performances
Taking a page from The Dark Knight Rises, our hero gets his butt kicked and then has to regroup at a faraway place (Tennessee instead of a big stupid hole in the ground) before returning for vengeance. So, not very original, but a straightforward enough plot, right? Except the Iron Man filmmakers had to junk it all up. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr., of course) is suffering from panic attacks because of the New York battle scenes in The Avengers. Funny, at the end of The Avengers, I seem to remember ol’ wisecracking Stark eating shawarma with his buddies.
|"That's SIR Mandarin," says|
So, all that is pretty “grown up” and complicated, and when you toss in relationship woes, various scantily clad women, and assorted drug and alcohol references, this didn’t seem like much of a movie for the children.
|Don Cheadle never asks before|
he borrows your clothes.
Honestly, the kids might not notice. There are a bunch of awesome Iron Man suits whizzing around and there is an absurd number of explosions. Hey, relax, it’s just a comic-book movie, right? I just think kids deserve a lot more. Create a world we recognize, so a hero will truly stand out and truly be needed. Maybe Man of Steel will do a better job. It can’t do too much worse.