Once is enjoyable!
Twice, barely endurable!
Help, I can’t take this repetitive Iron Man drivel any longer!
How long is Hollywood going to flog this poppycock, of a man in a metallic red suit zipping through the air and dispatching his enemies when he’s not muttering sarcastic asides.
Now how much ever you camouflage it by changing the scenery and shrubbery, at the end of the frame it’s still the same billionaire inventor and savior of mankind, Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr) in the same metallic red suit doing the same bizarre antics and the same hideous gal Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) vainly trying against impossibly heavy odds to look pretty.
The flying, the tinkering in the labs, the heavy gun-fire, the Tony-Pepper romance and the ultimate triumph against a maniacal monster yield not joy a third time but a weary deja vu.
Even the introduction of a 10-year-old Tennessee kid in Iron Man 3 and hooking him up with Iron Man to inject some emotional-connection failed to deliver the adrenaline jolt I so desperately longed for!
This time the villain is ‘Mandarin,’ a shadowy figure who looks like Osama bin Laden’s twin brother and his entourage like the Taliban.
But why make a repetitive plot simple when you can twist it freakishly convoluted. That’s the mantra of Iron Man 3 director Shane Black.
Ergo, we have the Extremis project with the cockamamie DNA upgrade and its Mephistophelian creator Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), who 13 years later is still sore about an appointment that Tony Stark failed to make it to.
And so it goes on, with Presidents kidnapped, Air Force One destroyed, mid-air rescues and Iron Man chained to a bar until it all ends not so spectacularly in a huge ball of fire on an oil rig.
I will admit though that I never saw the twist coming.
Alas, the twist never lifted the movie out of its mundane depths.
Krishna – My Salvation
If there’s anything I liked in this bore, it was our fine ‘Gujarati actor’ Krishna Pandit Bhanji and his portrayal of “Mandarin.”
Krishna Bhanji is one of the great actors of our times and in Iron Man 3 the man excels in an odd, short role.
I won’t give more away other than a hint that there’s more to Krishna’s ‘Mandarin’ than meets the eye.
The visual effects were all right but nothing I haven’t seen before in a gazillion Hollywood films.
Even if they were appealing, there’s still no fun unless you marry visual imagery with a non-repetitive, engaging plot.
SearchIndia.com strongly recommends you skip Iron Man 3 if you’re the sort that likes some originality, some soul and some drama at the core of a film.
If there’s an Iron Man 4, count me out!