This was really good, a breezy and humorous wish fulfillment story big on heart. It seems cliché to talk about "heart" in relation to movies these days, but with modern crowd pleasers it just isn't a given there's going to be a tangible pulse running through the things anymore. And this big benign wonder is told in a way that refreshingly doesn't push too far into the 2hr+ mark (although the finale did drag out a bit too much). Thoroughly enjoyed it with my kids though (they were thrilled with the characters and story) and so it motivated me to once again try the Marvel marathon (or at least see the good/essential ones). 3.5 out of 5
Iron Man 3.
Although not considered essential (to the bigger arc) I started with this one as I'd already seen the previous two and I seem to remember people at the time saying it was a solid standalone flick. Or did I remember wrong? This was pretty rubbish. A series of completely inconsequential action scenes where CG ragdolls bend and bounce of explosions with nary a scratch or close shave to show for it; a movie entirely bereft of any sense of danger and peril, it was all incredibly boring.
That whole thing about the remotely summonable suit parts, flying and fixing perfectly into place on demand, it was just so lazy as plot devices go, and it basically made even mildly suspenseful predicaments feel like going through the motions. Does Tony Stark continue to access this convenient jeopardy clause throughout the rest of the Marvel series? I hope not.
And speaking of Stark (and Downey Jr), doesn't anyone else find his smarmy "I've got an effortlessly cool reply to literally anything anybody ever says to me, ever" routine really wearisome after a while? It's as if he's poured just as much cash investment into pioneering snarky comeback research as he has daft flying metal shin guards. Okay, I get that the whole point of his persona is that he's this uber cool billionaire celeb, but a man's man he is not. So yeah, I wasn't really into this movie and it dragged. 2 out of 5
Anyway, so it's Winter Soldier next I believe. Can anyone at least confirm that the trivial human ragdoll physics are never abused as much again in these Marvel movies as they were in Iron Man 3? Do the danger stakes ever become really raised enough for me to care about these characters potentially being killed? Or does everyone (including regular humans) always just stand up and dust themselves off?