The last few weeks have been velly busy, so I missed the opening weekend for this flick, but managed to get out with the dear hubby last night.
My first impression would be that it was a fun film. The visual effects and kabooms and fights were pretty much what I expected. Fun, fierce and abundant. There were some moments where the shaky cam high in the sky view made it hard to tell exactly WHAT was happening save for much butt kicking, mostly for goodness. Generally though, it worked. The nods to the fans come a little thick, but that's kinda to be expected.
For me the plotting also worked, though there were places I would have liked to see a tighter edit. Tony Stark continues to be what my husband refers to as the ADHD super hero. It's always about bigger, faster, shiny object of the moment, whether he's looking for cars or new secretaries or something to hit. This has a certain charm, but sometimes he makes me tired and I find him hard to believe. This becomes a problem in the moments where we're really supposed to buy into his character's relationships with others. Does he really love Pepper? Is he really reconciled with the memory of his dad? It's hard to tell because he's so flippant about everything. I want to believe him, but there is always some hint of doubt.
The villains of the film worked for me and I was glad to see them tied together and then to Stark in a way that made sense. Everyone had reasons for what they were doing, even if the responses were a bit over the top. Can you really be a good superhero villain if you aren't over the top? At points Ivan was a little hard to understand, but in the not understanding I'm not sure I missed much.
Now to my biggest complaint about the movie... Every woman in the film served the same purpose. Eye candy. None of the female characters were well developed or convincingly played. I kept waiting for a moment where one of them would really connect and be powerful, but it didn't happen. Pepper got to gripe and fret. Natalie got to look sexay and one combat sequence which was ruined by the distort effect which was applied to show how fast and scary she was. Outside of the stereotype neither of them had depth or character or something which set them apart and it plagued the other characters as well. On a surface level they all did the job they were there for, but I wanted the sense of more.
I know it's a superhero movie. I know there are tropes of the genre, but where is the depth? Yes, I had fun. No, I don't regret going, but at the end of the day would I want to see it again or own the movie? Meh.
"I am Iron Man."
~J (cross posted to Reality By Pass Books)