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Re: Iron Man Rises - May 3rd, 2013 (April 26th for lucky bastards in the UK)
Actually saw this a week ago for my birthday. Felt it was pretty enjoyable overall, but there's a bunch of things that could've made it so much more.
One thing I liked about the film was that it finally started putting emphasis on the suit itself. I think that's what holds this movie up above the others; that it's finally about Iron Man instead of Tony himself. Although not having read the comics or seen any alternative media related to the suit, I don't walk into an Iron Man film expecting it to consist of an hour and a half of Robert Downey Jr. acting smug, or at least not when I look at the posters or trailers. I was also intrigued how they experimented with this aspect as well, what with the army of suits assisting Tony in the climax, which created a very energetic, larger-scale feel to the final battle.
One of things I found a bit strange was that the character of Tony doesn't really encounter any personal demons that he needs to overcome within the film. The whole panic-attacks subplot never amounted to much, nor was it ever resolved. The whole idea of not spending enough time with Pepper eventually benefited him in the end by giving him the time to make all those suits, so there wasn't much to complain about all things considered. No, there is a villain which he must defeat, and he does so. It's a little too much of a simplistic formula, imo.
As well as this, the whole relationship between him and the kid never amounted to much either, I never saw much of a purpose in the ex-girlfriend character that returns to Tony, and Tony not really being prepared for a terrorist attack even though he gave out his fucking home address was kind of moronic, like CP stated a few posts back.
But besides that, I felt the film was a worthwhile experience, moreso than I expected, even. The acting (with the distasteful exception of the tree that is Pepper's actress) was pretty top notch, it was paced well, the cinematography was very good, and the script didn't bother me as much as other Marvel films have.