Sunday, March 17, 2019

Iron Man 3 Review (Project: Henry's Endgame)

Iron Man 3, 91%, A-, 4.5 Stars
Solo superhero movies can be great. With slightly better visuals than Avengers, but a really brilliant, yet stupid twist that would go on to be out-stupided by Avengers: Infinity War because this one was brilliant in its presentation and that one was just lazy writing, Iron Man 3 proves Tony Stark is Iron Man.
Plot
-Pacing 9/10
The movie moves along fast enough, it starts with narration and a 1999 flashback, followed by bringing us to the present.
-Coherence 9/10
There’s some minor continuity errors you can see if you look really hard, but for the most part, this makes sense, even the Mandarin being a complete phony. Yes, even if you think people he knew would recognize him fast, dialogue covers the plot’s ass, and Killian’s actions make sense when you consider Tony’s ignorance in the flashback.
Characters
-Relatability 10/10
This is where the movie really shines, because we all make mistakes that come back to haunt us in some way shape or form. Tony’s just so happened to be Aldrich Killian and his homicidal Extremis goons. It’s a great story decision to see Tony, who has changed since that cave in Iron Man 1, and evolved into the hero we know now, deal with the demons he created, making it not completely dependent on Avengers. This combined with the PTSD he got from The Avengers give us more man and less iron, which goes to show the best parts of any movie aren’t always expensive visual effects.
-Development 10/10
Tony’s character continues to evolve yet stay the same. He’s still narcissistic, but learns to understand that his armor doesn’t define him, his ingenuity does.
Picture
-Visual Believability 8/10
The visual effects are better here than in Avengers, or at least the aspect ratio doesn’t make them look cheesy. It’s more cinematic, but some of the shots of the suits look like they’re straight out of a video game. The skydiving scene was impressive, but CGI was off.
-Purposeful Content 7/10
At first, I just laughed my butt off at the twist with the Mandarin. Now I realize it was brilliant for the way it advanced Killian as a villain and commented on “the face of evil” but was kind of dumb in its presentation. It’s still not as dumb as Star Lord losing his temper in Infinity War, because this adds to Killian and the larger narrative unlike Star Lord’s temper tantrum.
Soundtrack
-Emotional Resonance 10/10
Brian Tyler creates a soundtrack that hits all the right beats.
-Appropriate Use 10/10
It’s also used appropriately, whether it’s the hints of metal that I feel reflect “Tony Stark is more than the suit,” or the dead silence at the Mandarin reveal.
Dialogue
-Appropriate Humor 8/10
There was some overbearing humor here and there, but it was also dry in places.
-Appropriate Cursing 10/10
The language was clean, and from what I hear, the Extremis storyline this came from was toned down from the comics.
The adventures never end for Marvel Studios, and what could have been a dull post-Avengers let down was an exciting character study that ended with stuff exploding and people being heroic. These characters can be interesting on their own or together and with or without their powers, and this movie proves it!
Numeric Breakdown
-1 = That Bad
0. Unbearable
  1. Awful
  2. Really Bad
  3. Bad
  4. Weak
  5. Mediocre
  6. Questionable
  7. Good
  8. Great
  9. Amazing
  10. Perfect
Letter Grade
100%-97% = A+
96%-93% = A
92%-90% = A-
89%-87% = B+
86%-83% = B
82%-80% = B-
79%-77% = C+
76%-73% = C
72%-70% = C-
69%-67% = D+
66%-63% = D
62%-60% = D-
59% or below = F
Star Grid
0%-19% = 0.5 Stars
20%-29% = 1 Star
30%-39% = 1.5 Stars
40%-49% = 2 Stars
50%-59% = 2.5 Stars
60%-69% = 3 Stars
70%-79% = 3.5 Stars
80%-89% = 4 Stars
90%-99% = 4.5 Stars
100% = 5 Stars

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