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(Deadline)   Iron Man 3 earns platinum status as it overtakes Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 to earn the second-biggest debut, though it's still a bit behind The Avengers   (deadline.com) divider line 142
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2013-05-05 11:19:26 AM  
Iron Man 3 is sitting at 78% fresh on RT but there's a lot of nerd rage on the internet from people that have seen it. Think I'll wait a couple of weeks before seeing it so I'm not fighting the crowds.
 
2013-05-05 11:20:32 AM  
Great popcorn movie. I went in knowing next to nothing about it (beyond seeing the first few movies) and was pleasantly surprised. It wasn't as good as The Avengers, but you could do a lot worse on date night.
 
2013-05-05 11:27:38 AM  

Popcorn Johnny: Iron Man 3 is sitting at 78% fresh on RT but there's a lot of nerd rage on the internet from people that have seen it. Think I'll wait a couple of weeks before seeing it so I'm not fighting the crowds.


I haven't read up on the nerd rage, but I imagine that it has something to do with how the movie treated the villain. I wiki'd the character after seeing it just out of curiosity, and he's absolutely nothing like the film's version. Meh. I guess that imagining a character one way for 60 years and seeing him turn out completely different on the big screen is hard to take for some people.
 
2013-05-05 11:34:03 AM  
The film was fun and funny, but really didn't have a consistent theme or tone and the plot didn't make any sense.
 
2013-05-05 12:17:03 PM  
It was fun, but not at all what I expected. Plot didn't really make a lot of sense.

Better than 2, nowhere near as good as 1 or the avengers.
 
2013-05-05 12:35:28 PM  
It's not bad, better than 2.

However, I do have issues at how the movie was sold, and how it was presented. They had a chance to do something extraordinary. The problem is that there were more than a few scenes where RDJ came accross as bored or not emotionally connected to the scene.

Except the ripped of elements of the Nolan Batman films without the gravitas to back it up.
 
2013-05-05 12:47:45 PM  

Darth_Lukecash: They had a chance to do something extraordinary.


yeah, with a farking coloring book movie...
 
2013-05-05 12:53:12 PM  
I thought it was okay. I don't know what is up with Mandarin in the film though because he is nothing like what he is in the comics.
 
2013-05-05 12:53:42 PM  

Popcorn Johnny: Iron Man 3 is sitting at 78% fresh on RT but there's a lot of nerd rage on the internet from people that have seen it. Think I'll wait a couple of weeks before seeing it so I'm not fighting the crowds.


Saw it yesterday. Lots of fun. Only a few points where you make a quizzical dog look.
 
2013-05-05 12:54:44 PM  
The best Iron Man film is certainly the first one. The most basic problem for this film series is a lack of thematic meaning. What's the arc from the first to third movie? There isn't one as far as I can tell. That might be because The Avengers interrupted and screwed it up, but #2 came before then and was terrible. What you're left with is a film series with a lot of good laughs and cool action, but other than #1 not a lot of re-watchability and meaning.
 
2013-05-05 12:59:30 PM  

DamnYankees: The film was fun and funny, but really didn't have a consistent theme or tone and the plot didn't make any sense.


Best description about the movie. It jumped all over the place. It also made some big changes to Stark. Apparently he is Batman now and has super detective and martial art skills (even without the suit). The anxiety attacks could have played a bigger role. And having Pepper turn into a bad ass just didn't seem to fit her character.

All the things were there: Stark with personal problems, an old enemy from his past, current threat to America. The writing just seemed to jumble it up way too much.

I do like that they mentioned New York and the alien attack there instead of pretending it never happened.
 
2013-05-05 01:00:03 PM  

wild9: I thought it was okay. I don't know what is up with Mandarin in the film though because he is nothing like what he is in the comics.



Nerd rage aside:

Fun enough popcorn flick.  Took a lot directly from Lethal Weapon.  The main problems for me were the waaaaay over-jokiness of it.  Even my GF complained.  I understand the marketing relevance of 'the kid' but it was pretty forced as a character and situation.

Nerd rage:

Really dislike where they went with the 'Batman Beginsification' of the Antagonist.  Disliked that AIM has not been around a long time in the background.  Basically that whole angle of the 'nerd who has been spurned' really made the story almost feel like a superhero revenge villain comic from the old campy stuff. 'Curses, Might Hero!, I didn't get a date to the prom!  I will have my revenge!!!!!!'
 
2013-05-05 01:00:09 PM  
Rottentomatoes:

IM3
Critics Tomatometer 78%
Critics Rating: 7
Top Critics Tomatometer: 70%
Top Critics Rating: 6.6
Audience Tomatometer: 83%
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/iron_man_3/

TDKR
Critics Tomatometer 87%
Critics Rating: 8
Top Critics Tomatometer: 75%
Top Critics Rating: 7.9
Audience Tomatometer: 92%
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_dark_knight_rises/
 
2013-05-05 01:01:50 PM  

rocky_howard: Rottentomatoes:

IM3
Critics Tomatometer 78%
Critics Rating: 7
Top Critics Tomatometer: 70%
Top Critics Rating: 6.6
Audience Tomatometer: 83%
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/iron_man_3/

TDKR
Critics Tomatometer 87%
Critics Rating: 8
Top Critics Tomatometer: 75%
Top Critics Rating: 7.9
Audience Tomatometer: 92%
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_dark_knight_rises/


Why are we comparing these two movies? They couldn't be more different.
 
2013-05-05 01:02:35 PM  

Marshmallow Jones: Darth_Lukecash: They had a chance to do something extraordinary.

yeah, with a farking coloring book movie...


Boy, some people get really hung up on the medium through which a story is told..
 
2013-05-05 01:02:38 PM  
Also, it was basically the 'Extremis' and 'The Five Nightmares' thrown into a blender with Mandarin clip art and Stane's son removed.
 
2013-05-05 01:02:50 PM  

ActionJoe: I do like that they mentioned New York and the alien attack there instead of pretending it never happened.


They never explained, however, why the other members of the Avengers couldn't help take on The Mandarin. Seemed odd to me. Would't Cap be all over this?
 
2013-05-05 01:04:22 PM  
Also, this is a dumb question, but I didn't understand the whole thing him not having enough power for the suit to function. I thought the whole idea of Iron Man was that the arc reactor in his chest powers the suit.
 
2013-05-05 01:06:27 PM  

DamnYankees: Also, this is a dumb question, but I didn't understand the whole thing him not having enough power for the suit to function. I thought the whole idea of Iron Man was that the arc reactor in his chest powers the suit.


Shhh.  Not supposed to think about that in the Film Universe.  Similar to how do all the other suits and War Machine function without arc reactors.
 
2013-05-05 01:10:20 PM  

BafflerMeal: Really dislike where they went with the 'Batman Beginsification' of the Antagonist.  Disliked that AIM has not been around a long time in the background.  Basically that whole angle of the 'nerd who has been spurned' really made the story almost feel like a superhero revenge villain comic from the old campy stuff. 'Curses, Might Hero!, I didn't get a date to the prom!  I will have my revenge!!!!!!'


Yeah that's the part that bothered me. I don't care so much that the Mandarin was different from the comic books. I do care that his motivations were basically non-sensical. Also that they were never clear about the limits of Extremis. The super strength, for example,  just sort of came out of nowhere.

But it was otherwise a very fun movie.
 
2013-05-05 01:10:36 PM  

DamnYankees: ActionJoe: I do like that they mentioned New York and the alien attack there instead of pretending it never happened.

They never explained, however, why the other members of the Avengers couldn't help take on The Mandarin. Seemed odd to me. Would't Cap be all over this?


There was the early implication that a mere terrorist was too minor for a superhero, early on.  Then Happy got put in a coma for the rest of the film.
 
2013-05-05 01:11:05 PM  

DamnYankees: rocky_howard: Rottentomatoes:

IM3
Critics Tomatometer 78%
Critics Rating: 7
Top Critics Tomatometer: 70%
Top Critics Rating: 6.6
Audience Tomatometer: 83%
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/iron_man_3/

TDKR
Critics Tomatometer 87%
Critics Rating: 8
Top Critics Tomatometer: 75%
Top Critics Rating: 7.9
Audience Tomatometer: 92%
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_dark_knight_rises/

Why are we comparing these two movies? They couldn't be more different.


Except that TDKR was more a story about Bruce Wayne than it was about Batman, much like IM3 is more of a story about Tony Stark than it is about Iron Man.  Other than that, no real similarities between the movies, though.
 
2013-05-05 01:11:54 PM  
I liked how he parked his suit outside the restaurant so he could eat comfortably.
 
2013-05-05 01:13:01 PM  
more like Iron Meh 3

amirite?
 
2013-05-05 01:13:32 PM  
Most unbelievable part? The 12 year old kid carrying a late-edition newspaper that, despite being a podunk town, had headline news about a California man.

I don't know anything about The Mandarin in the comics, but I thought Ben Kingsley was awesome.
 
2013-05-05 01:16:07 PM  

wild9: I thought it was okay. I don't know what is up with Mandarin in the film though because he is nothing like what he is in the comics.


Which is fine, because the Mandarin is a cheesy slightly racist villain. Lets face it, Iron Man has a shiatty rogues gallery, the movies have worked in spite of weak villains.

Would have liked to have seen at least one AIM guy in a hazmat suit, but oh well.
 
2013-05-05 01:16:58 PM  
It was a fun movie, it was all over the place though as mentioned. It had a very minor tie to part 1, part 2 wasn't mentioned at all, most of it was Tony dealing with the end of the Avengers.
 
2013-05-05 01:17:39 PM  

Gig103: Most unbelievable part? The 12 year old kid carrying a late-edition newspaper that, despite being a podunk town, had headline news about a California man.

I don't know anything about The Mandarin in the comics, but I thought Ben Kingsley was awesome.


He's always awesome, cracked me up in this movie a lot though.
 
2013-05-05 01:19:26 PM  

Gig103: Most unbelievable part? The 12 year old kid carrying a late-edition newspaper that, despite being a podunk town, had headline news about a California man.

I don't know anything about The Mandarin in the comics, but I thought Ben Kingsley was awesome.


If a terrorist killed Bill Gates or Larry Ellison and blew up their house while the media watched, it would be front page news.
 
2013-05-05 01:20:06 PM  
I just can't watch Iron Man 3 because of RJD.  Yup. He grates on my nerves. There's a site on facebook called Robert Downey Jr. sucks ass...so clearly I'm not alone.

The guy just comes across as cold and aloof to me.

Who goes to twist someone's arm for a movie but twists it so hard that it breaks (Halle Berry- in Gothika- which stopped filming for 2 months). And then in his interviews...Can someone say PASSIVE AGRESSIVE.
 
2013-05-05 01:23:53 PM  

DamnYankees: Also, this is a dumb question, but I didn't understand the whole thing him not having enough power for the suit to function. I thought the whole idea of Iron Man was that the arc reactor in his chest powers the suit.


Other way around. The arc reactor (or whatever it would be called throughout various points) powers HIM, the suit is an extension of that and the reason he works as a Marvel character. His main weakness is the fact he should be sitting at home, not flying around all over shooting what could be his last breath at alien dragons. But someone's gotta do it.

As to the Mandarin thing, I really do think it's just a reaction from newer fans. I've been reading since the 80's and I've just never really thought of Mandarin as up there with Dr Doom and Loki. Formidable and tricky, sure, but barely cracking Marvel's top 10 villains somewhere after Venom which isn't really an enviable position for an intellectual character. He's a holdover from another era and it shows. And whining about the rings is definitely not helping the idea that it's anything other than a bunch of younger fans that got into that character through the cartoon, rather than complaining about the CHARACTER being wrong.

Really the complaint should be that if ever there was evidence that Marvel and DC aren't really competitors, they're the same thing, it's the big spoiler.
 
2013-05-05 01:33:45 PM  
Saw Pain and Gain over the weekend.  Hard to believe that is a true story.  Harder still to believe they probably would have gotten away with it if they had followed the plan and killed Monk.

If those three knuckleheads came that close, I imagine a countless number of capable criminals have actually succeeded in just forcing another person to hand over everything as the law just stood idly by.
 
2013-05-05 01:48:17 PM  

DamnYankees: ActionJoe: I do like that they mentioned New York and the alien attack there instead of pretending it never happened.

They never explained, however, why the other members of the Avengers couldn't help take on The Mandarin. Seemed odd to me. Would't Cap be all over this?


I'm assuming that he probably has his hands full with Winter Soldier during the events of IM3. Hopefully they'll throw in some Mandarin references during Cap 2 to solidify this.
 
2013-05-05 01:54:44 PM  
I guess it's unanimous that 3 is better than 2 but 1 is still the best.

I enjoyed the film over all except that Rhodes was wasted, as least use the armor besides the raids and the film tried to be dark but didn't to be safe. Why?

Pepper taking a step in badass was a nod to her being Rescue but I was hoping she would get a suit as well but I guess her getting in the 42 armor counts.

And yes, the twist was great for me even though we now established magic does work in MCU as shown by the Thor 2 trailer before the film started. Ben Kingsley kicked ass and I enjoyed Guy Pearce. I was wishing Sam Rockwell would do at least a cameo. Also, the end credits scene was funny especially if you liked the Avengers but I'm guessing Thor 2 will be the official start to Phase 2.
 
2013-05-05 01:55:05 PM  

Pumpernickel bread: Saw Pain and Gain over the weekend.  Hard to believe that is a true story.


The movie is very loosely based on actual events.
 
2013-05-05 01:55:45 PM  

Teufelaffe: Except that TDKR was more a story about Bruce Wayne than it was about Batman, much like IM3 is more of a story about Tony Stark than it is about Iron Man.  Other than that, no real similarities between the movies, though.


And they both involved billionaire super heroes losing all their shiat but not really losing all their shiat. Whether that was just a coincidence or a reflection of the economy and the perceived class warfare, who knows.
 
2013-05-05 01:56:22 PM  
Also, I'm guessing Thor 2 and Cap 2 are taking place at the same time with Guardians near ahead but when is Hulk coming back? Ruffalo is a great Banner so what gives?

/Does IM3 count as a Christmas film now?
 
2013-05-05 02:04:11 PM  
Best parts about Iron Man 3:
Mandarin & his background
Code: House Party
The Iron Man Hulk suit (seen during the last battle, it's the massive Iron Man suit)
 
2013-05-05 02:07:05 PM  

eddievercetti: Also, I'm guessing Thor 2 and Cap 2 are taking place at the same time with Guardians near ahead but when is Hulk coming back? Ruffalo is a great Banner so what gives?

/Does IM3 count as a Christmas film now?


It'll go good with Die Hard, Lethal Weapon and Gremlins for my holiday movie viewing.
 
2013-05-05 02:12:33 PM  
Overall, I liked it. I just felt Rebecca Hall was a bit wasted, the big final fight would have been better in daylight so we could see the suits better, and they really shouldn't have spoiled the House Party in the trailers.
 
2013-05-05 02:13:02 PM  
The Iron Man suit is only powered by Tony's arc reactor in the first movie. The other suits get built-in suits starting in 2, likely as a response to the first film and the rate at which Tony was burning through cores. The Mark 42 suit is designed to break into individual pieces, many of which are too small to have built- in reactors, so I guess Tony has to charge those components the old-fashioned way. Also, Tony's hand-to-hand skills are put on display in 2 when he's sparring with Happy.
 
2013-05-05 02:16:37 PM  
So if Tony Stark can summon a small army of remote controlled Iron Men, why does he bother suiting up? He could be sitting around having a drink and hanging with the ladies.
 
2013-05-05 02:20:57 PM  

DamnYankees: rocky_howard: Rottentomatoes:

IM3
Critics Tomatometer 78%
Critics Rating: 7
Top Critics Tomatometer: 70%
Top Critics Rating: 6.6
Audience Tomatometer: 83%
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/iron_man_3/

TDKR
Critics Tomatometer 87%
Critics Rating: 8
Top Critics Tomatometer: 75%
Top Critics Rating: 7.9
Audience Tomatometer: 92%
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_dark_knight_rises/

Why are we comparing these two movies? They couldn't be more different.


Which is ridiculous, because Batman sucks. Always has, always will.
 
2013-05-05 02:29:41 PM  

Popcorn Johnny: So if Tony Stark can summon a small army of remote controlled Iron Men, why does he bother suiting up? He could be sitting around having a drink and hanging with the ladies.


Where's the fun in that? :)
 
2013-05-05 02:34:21 PM  

DamnYankees: ActionJoe: I do like that they mentioned New York and the alien attack there instead of pretending it never happened.

They never explained, however, why the other members of the Avengers couldn't help take on The Mandarin. Seemed odd to me. Would't Cap be all over this?


They did when they were introducing Iron Patriot (basically, it was too small in scope to call in the Avengers), but it was one line at the beginning of the film.
 
2013-05-05 02:35:46 PM  

luidprand: They did when they were introducing Iron Patriot (basically, it was too small in scope to call in the Avengers), but it was one line at the beginning of the film.


That explanation both (i) didn't make sense at the time and (ii) certainly made a ton of less sense as the movie went along and the threat clearly became bigger.
 
2013-05-05 02:36:33 PM  

rocky_howard: IM3
Critics Tomatometer 78%
Critics Rating: 7
Top Critics Tomatometer: 70%
Top Critics Rating: 6.6
Audience Tomatometer: 83%
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/iron_man_3/

TDKR
Critics Tomatometer 87%
Critics Rating: 8
Top Critics Tomatometer: 75%
Top Critics Rating: 7.9
Audience Tomatometer: 92%
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_dark_knight_rises/


Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Critics Tomatometer 80%
Critics Rating: 7.1
Top Critics Tomatometer: 67%
Top Critics Rating: 6.6
Audience Tomatometer: 65%
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/star_wars_episode_iii_revenge_of_the _s ith_3d/

I really don't have respect for that site anymore.
 
2013-05-05 02:37:09 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: DamnYankees: rocky_howard: Rottentomatoes:

IM3
Critics Tomatometer 78%
Critics Rating: 7
Top Critics Tomatometer: 70%
Top Critics Rating: 6.6
Audience Tomatometer: 83%
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/iron_man_3/

TDKR
Critics Tomatometer 87%
Critics Rating: 8
Top Critics Tomatometer: 75%
Top Critics Rating: 7.9
Audience Tomatometer: 92%
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_dark_knight_rises/

Why are we comparing these two movies? They couldn't be more different.

Which is ridiculous, because Batman sucks. Always has, always will.


C'mon at least put some effort into it.
 
2013-05-05 02:40:11 PM  

Popcorn Johnny: So if Tony Stark can summon a small army of remote controlled Iron Men, why does he bother suiting up? He could be sitting around having a drink and hanging with the ladies.


Well that's sort of the conclusion Tony comes to at the end of IM3. Until they come up with the bread for RDJ to do Avengers 2.
 
2013-05-05 02:42:01 PM  

dragonchild: I really don't have respect for that site anymore.


What does the site have to do with anything? All they're doing is reporting the average of all the reviews out there.
 
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