Top 7 Most Exciting Films In 2015

21 01 2015

Film Reel 2015

Since 2012; I have annually produced a list of my top 10 most exciting films of the upcoming year. These are the films which I am most excited about that are due for release later in the year. This year however, there’s a problem, there are only 7 films I feel genuinely excited about. While there is the new Star Wars film due for release later this year, I just don’t feel all that excited about it, the new Terminator looks much better, but I don’t feel all that strongly for it, and while films like Monsters: Dark ContinentChappie, Minions and Crimson Peak do look rather interesting, I don’t know much about them to feel anything major for them. It’s quite the dilemma, but I have found at least 7 films that I am genuinely looking out for and so here is my list of the Top 7 Most Exciting Films In 2015 (it would have been 8 if Kung Fu Panda 3 had not been pushed back to 2016).

Avengers: Age of Ultron (Marvel Studios - 2015)

7. Avengers: Age of Ultron – When The Avengers (Avengers Assemble in the UK) was released, I was relatively OK with it. I thought that having all characters on-screen could ruin it but overall was impressed with the portrayal of The Hulk. I however thought that the film would ruin future one-off releases by constantly mentioning that film instead of being its own thing and until recently was not all that excited to the release of the new film. Even when the first trailer for Age of Ultron came out, I thought it looked rather rubbish, particularly the ridiculous giant Iron Man armour (but not as ridiculous though as the upcoming Ant-Man film). The second trailer though look more refined and when I began to look at it in-depth it began to look a little more interesting. While I am sort of wavering on this film, I am a little more excited about it, and am interested to see how they are going to portray two X-Men characters in it.

Spectre (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - 2015)

6. Spectre – The next instalment in the James Bond series and sequel to Skyfall. The next film sees Sam Mendes returning to direct this new film which is set to star Christoph Waltz and former World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion Dave Bautista. While the plot of the new film is still rather unknown, the promise of a new bond film, let alone being directed again by the director of Skyfall shows promise.

Insurgent (Lionsgate - 2015)

5. The Divergent Series: Insurgent – The sequel to Divergent. Having not read the books myself I don’t know what is going to happen but the trailer does look rather good. Previous cast members return for the next instalment, including both Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz and altogether at this stage, the film looks rather interesting.

Blackhat (Legendary Pictures - 2015)

4. Blackhat – I have been looking forward to Blackhat for a while now. The first time I heard of it was when I was researching the biography of Legendary Pictures founder Thomas Tull. I sort of kept the film in mind before eventually finding the trailer, to which I am impressed. What looks to be a hacker based drama starring Chris Hemsworth, the trailer made this jump so high in my list. While the film has not yet been released in the UK, it has been in America, so fingers crossed, it shouldn’t be too long until it gets released in the UK (not unless it’s going to be like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles all over again).

Seventh Son (Legendary Pictures - 2015)

3. Seventh Son – I have mentioned this film a lot over the last several years and it has been a long time coming. Had it not been for it being pushed back an entire year (especially as the trailer for the film was released several months before that was announced), it would have been released by now. Based on the book series The Spook’s by Joseph Delaney, the film follows the Spook taking on new apprentice Thomas Ward to fight the forces of darkness and protect the local people from the things that go bump in the night. What is supposedly based on the first book in the series; The Spook’s Apprentice, Seventh Son follows the story from the beginning. The trailer however shows things which I can’t remember in the book, and I think the character of Thomas (Ben Barnes) looks a little old for a character who is supposedly a teenager. The Spook (Jeff Bridges) however looks pretty close to perfect. While I am a little unsure of what the trailer shows, I am still excited to see what the film does.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (Lions Gate - 2014

2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 – The film series that gripped the world from its first instalment finally reaches its ultimate climax. What will be the second part of the third book (a trend that is taking over the whole of cinema), Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and company will fight through the city streets of the Capitol to reach and ultimately bring down the ruthless Capitol, ruled by the villainous President Snow (Donald Sutherland). While Part 1 ended where I roughly thought it would, it’s going to be interesting to see how Part 2 will ultimately finish. I’m probably going to cry when this is all over, it’s been one of my favourite film series, not just in recent years, but I have seen to date, and I’m gonna miss it when it’s all over later this year.

Jurassic World (Universal Pictures - 2015)

1. Jurassic World – I have been waiting for this film for a long, long time. I love the Jurassic Park series, to me, it’s better than it’s close rival; Star Wars. I have always loved dinosaurs and the Jurassic Park films have always been fun (even number 3 has it’s moments). Having read though the book of Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton this past year, I do see the films in a different light. The trailer for the new film has been out for a long while now, but from the moment I saw it, I already fell in love with it. The film’s setting looks terrific, and the premise looks awesome and terrifying. While a second trailer is due to come out relatively soon, it won’t be too long until this film gets released, but the first trailer gives me plenty of reasons to be excited about it.

GENEPOOL (I would have included Birdman, but seeing as it has already been released in both the US and the UK, I thought it felt a bit late to mention it).





Trailers – Jurassic World, Star Wars Episode 7 and Terminator Genisys

10 12 2014

Jurassic Star Terminator

A couple of weeks ago, two of Cinema’s big blockbuster heavyweights released trailers for their long-awaited return to the big screen. Now while I wanted to do a comparison or look at the trailers type post for both Jurassic World and Star Wars Episode VII, I didn’t quite get round to it, but after the release of the Terminator Genisys trailer this past week, I decided to do it, and combine all three. First off was the trailer for the new Jurassic Park film, Jurassic World. It has been over 13 years since a Jurassic Park film has come out, and while there have been a couple of re-releases of the original film, it has been quite a while since a new film has been made. Jurassic Park, originally based on the book of the same name by author Michael Crichton has had 3 films so far. A fourth has been in the works for a number of years now but finally it appears that there is light on the horizon. Next up was Star Wars Episode 7 (or VII if you want to be specific). Once again, it has been a while since a new film has been released; the last one being in 2005 (if you don’t include Episode II.V which was more an animated film, not a live action film). In 2012 when Lucasfilm was bought by Disney, Disney announced that a string of new Star Wars films were to be produced with Star Wars: The Force Awakens to be the next film in the series. Finally, there is the next film in the Terminator series. The last time the Terminator was on the Big Screen was in Terminator Salvation in 2009. While the previous 3 films in the series looked at the events leading up to the war against the machines, Salvation finally set itself in that war. Well after 5 years, Terminator is back (no pun intended). So, let’s now look at these trailers. I thought, for a bit of fun I would organise them in a similar manner to how I do my Top 5 posts. So I’ll put what I think is the best looking last, and build up to it, with third first and second…..second.

Star Wars Episode VII (Lucasfilm - 2015)

When Disney first made the purchase and the announcement was made about new films, I was undecided. First it sounded like an interesting idea, but I had this feeling that Disney was just going to end up milking the franchise for all it’s worth. Even when J.J. Abrams was announced as the Director, while a little alleviated I was still unsure. The problem I had been them referencing the original films over and over again. Not do anything new, just re-do old storylines and characters. No new story, or characters or items. Just old stuff 24/7. So eventually I just put it to the back of my mind, not really thought about it, just mildly forgot and take an interest every now and then. Well, the new trailer was released, and I was right. The trailer begins with a scene that looks like Tatooine, not a new planet, an old favourite. It shows images of Storm Troopers, X-Wings and the Millennium Falcon. Like I said nothing much new. Yes, there are new cast members and a new robot. The villain that appears is one ‘supposedly new’ thing that I do like. The lightsaber is more orangey than red, and the flaming handles are a nice touch. I mean the trailer isn’t all that bad, but given the prequels are set something like 30-40 years before the main trilogy, I’d thought that 30 years after the events of the original trilogy that there would be new bits and bobs, not old stuff. The trailer isn’t that bad, the little robot looks kind of funny, and the shots of Storm Troopers and X-Wings do look interesting. But I still think that Disney are relying too much on the previous films. It’s like the Marvel Cinematic Universe is right now, the way that they are constantly reminding the audience of The Avengers movie, instead of allowing the standalone films like Thor and Iron Man the opportunity to stand on their own two feet. While it does look pretty exciting and has raised my expectations a little more, the thing is, it’s still just a teaser, when a main trailer gets released, we should be able to see more. While I am still unsure about this new film, the trailer has made me a little (just a little) bit more excited about it, and it’s mostly due to the flaming lightsaber.

Terminator Genisys (Skydance Productions - 2015)

Next up, it’s Terminator. I really liked Salvation, I liked the cast, Sam Worthington and Moon Bloodgood were both really enjoyable to watch and I liked the setting and premise. The original films originally didn’t really work for me. I have not seen the first one; I have seen the other two. I originally didn’t like number 2 but more recently I have grown quite fond of it. A new Terminator film is always exciting and I have followed (on and off) the production of 5 for a while. I was hoping for another film set in the future during the war. Possibly more like the war shown at the beginning of judgement day with lasers than the bullet filled world of Salvation, but the chance for a Salvation sequel was always on my mind. This new trailer however, is quite different. The trailer does show the future war against the machines, with battle sequences and terminators, but it also travels in the past with the character of Kyle Reese being sent back in time to when Connor was just a child and is being raised by a Terminator. It looks like instead of doing either or, it is doing both, showing the war and the past. The initial trailer cast looks pretty good and the setting and action scenes look pretty exciting, however I get this feeling that the film looks a bit like Twilight, like it’s designed for that market and audience. While the costumes are definitely more like Kate Beckinsale in Underworld, the cast together look like they were filming another Twilight film, this time with robots in it. It’s just the cast and the light uses and points where they are together look like the twilight trailers, and the posters, same goes for Genisys’s posters, it looks like Twilight. While I still have my little worries about it, I am really excited about this new film in the series, it looks brilliant.

Jurassic World (Universal Pictures - 2015)

Finally, it comes round to Jurassic Park. I have been following the production on Jurassic Park 4 very closely for a number of years now. When the film finally went into production I was pleased, I have been wanting to see a new Jurassic Park film more than a new Star Wars film. Recently I read the book by Michael Crichton and really enjoyed that too. So when the trailer came out, I was so excited to just see it. Firstly, it should be noted that this is not a remake or reboot, it is a sequel and it is set about 22 years after the events of the first film. The new trailer shows a lot, and it shows a fully working safari park for dinosaurs. The trailer also shows dinosaurs, in particular a brilliant shot of Liopleurodon/Predator X depending on what the producers are classing it as. The trailer also reveals plot elements and reveals the idea of a hybrid dinosaur. Now while I am a bit worried at the sound of that, the trailer does not show the creature and so no spoilers are given. The idea of the park working and accepting visitors is brilliant, but the inclusion of the genetics which the book and first film explore combined with the working park make it look like the park (when finished) represented in Crichton’s original story. The inclusion of the hybrid also brings a level of mystery and jeopardy to the trailer which makes you want to long for more. The effects look brilliant, and the dinosaurs as well as the human cast look great too. While it may still be a few months away from being released, Jurassic World looks Fantastic.

GENEPOOL





When Is The Hulk Getting A New Film?

18 06 2014

Hulk

After the success of the Avengers movie back in 2012 and with a sequel coming out next year which I am only very partially excited about for several reasons, many of the films cast and characters have been getting more and more movie parts with the recent conclusion to the Iron Man series, the brilliant sequel to Thor in Thor: The Dark World as well as the recent Captain America and the Snowmobile Driver. Since then of course further films have been announced into what could quite well be the most unbearable film series on the planet since Harry Potter with the announcement of films including the up and coming Guardians of the Galaxy, the quite idiotic sounding Ant-Man, a third Captain America film and other potential film ideas including a third Thor film (at last, some good news), something involving Doctor Strangelove…..sorry…..Strange no love, The Runaways, Iron Fist (who?), Nick Fury, Black Panther, a stand alone project for Black Widow (who has not been the same since after Iron Man 2), Inhumans and Ms. Marvel. While it has also been announced that a new Blade film is in production (which has been way too overdue seeing as none of these current Marvel films wouldn’t even be happening if it wasn’t for the Success of Blade), I really do hope that it shares no connections with the Avengers film series as Blade is not like that and he is not exactly the kind of person to team up with other super heroes, and if he were to join up with the Avengers, the character would be ruined, just like Doctor Who is right now.

The Avengers (Marvel Studios - 2012)

Now while all this is (supposedly) good, isn’t it strange that the real star of the 2012 Avengers film has yet to have a film announced, and by that I mean a standalone film, however none of the films since the release of the 2012 Avengers film have been actually standalone films and have had to include at least one reference to the 2012 Avengers film, which by and large has sort of lowered the tone of expectations from all of them and have started to make me wonder if there is any point to these films at all except for the studio to make money out of them. But yes, the real star of the 2012 Avengers film or Avengers Assemble as it was called in the UK for some unexplored reason, seriously though why was it? Anyway the real star of Avengers Assemble has yet to have any sort of potential but unlikely standalone at all film to be announced and as yet there is no real reason except for maybe some connections with a couple of films released 11 years ago and 6 years ago respectively. Yes as given by the title of this post and referencing both those films I am talking about The Hulk.

The Incredible Hulk (Marvel Studios - 2008)

While the last Hulk film entitled The Incredible Hulk and staring Edward Norton in the lead role along with Liv Tyler, Tim Roth and William Hurt does actually contain one of the very early references to The Avengers, it’s still not exactly had a sequel yet, even though in relative terms it was a sort of sequel and a reboot to the previous Hulk with Eric Bana (probably chosen because Bana is pronounced the same way as Banner in Bruce Banner) along with Jennifer Connelly (who I thought was definitely better in the role as Betty than Liv Tyler, although Tyler was a good choice if it was the case that Connelly was not available) Nick Nolte and Sam Elliott which in all fairness means that it has about an equal number of films as the others. But when you think about how good a performance Mark Ruffalo gave as Bruce Banner and The Hulk and the possibility that the Avengers wouldn’t have been as good without him in it, why hasn’t there been at least the possibility of a development of a Hulk film. It has been stated that negotiations are underway for such a film to be made, but that does not mean in any way shape or form that one is going to happen at all and if any character in Avengers Assemble should get one, it’s the Hulk. If you look at Avengers Assemble UK, the character shows so much detailed emotion in both living with himself and persecution and bullying (particularly from Black Widow) that his character connects more with the audience compared to a billionaire playboy, a mythical entity, an athletic spy, a non-Olympic gold medallist and a frozen selfish full of himself soldier. So if Marvel are looking for a touch more drama in future films, I would gladly suggest a new Hulk film as the character is just that, along with being green, tall and angry. Even though it was sort of annoying that his catchphrase was used by someone else in UK Assemble.

Ok, while it is true that Hawkeye has not had one yet, given that Jeremy Renner has become a big action star, the production of such a film possibly cannot get underway until he is actually available to do such a film, but also with the brilliant series Arrow on at the moment, a Hawkeye film could be seen as just as either a relation to those who don’t know the differences between Marvel and DC or as just a copycat production. The character possibly could be used in a supposed Black Widow, which could be possibly set in Budapest?

Hawkeye

While Hulk is set to appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron, or Avengers: Age of Ultron Assemble as it will probably be called in the UK, it’s still not the same as a proper film, but it does mean that along with two other characters (Thor and Iron Man) that the film is worth being excited about along with the arrival of two other characters who are technically X-Men characters with relation to Magneto (hmm, interesting?) with one of them (Scarlet Witch) being played by the terrific Elizabeth Olsen and the other having already appeared (Quicksilver) in X-Men Days of Future Past but this time being played by another Godzilla cast member and Super Hero veteran Aaron Taylor-Johnson means that the film does have some credit already but given what the cast apart from the terrific Cobie Smulders in the previous film means that I am still only very partially excited about it bar the previously mentioned cast and characters. But who knows, maybe this one might just work out and also we have more Avengers spinoffs to look forward too including Iron Fist (whoever he is?) and a potentially ruined Blade film; things to look forward too, although with the recent Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. there could be a second series of Blade: The Series,which would be nice, provided it is associated with that series and has the cast used in that series.

GENEPOOL (This has gone from a post about a new hulk film to other up and coming Avengers films, primarily Blade and some guy called Iron Fist).





Top 5 Films Of 2012

15 07 2013

Film 2012

Some of my more eagle-eyed readers may have noticed I have yet to write a Sam’s Rant Film Awards for 2012. While I do like to produce those, I have decided to retire them for the following reasons. Firstly it takes a lot of time for me to produce them; while over the years I have tried to make them as brief as possible it can still take a lot of time to bring the whole thing together. Secondly, while I do watch lots of films during the year, I sometimes have to wait to watch all the films I wanted to see before I produce the post, which can get irritating when I have lots of work to do and cannot get round to watching them. This past year there was a couple of films I wanted to watch but have not. While I decided to leave Battleship after taking a brief look at it, I still have and want to watch Iron Sky. Thirdly, every year, due to the amount of Awards at Film Award Ceremonies, I feel like almost doing as many and usually the Sam’s Rant Film Awards get bigger and bigger every year. The fourth and final reason I have decided to retire the Sam’s Rant film awards is that most of the time I just want to get straight onto the Top 5 films of the year. So while my film awards have been retired, they will be replaced by posts stating what the Top 5 Films of the past year were.

13 Assassins (Toho Co., Ltd. - 2010)

One issue I automatically have with this system is that some of my favourite films from the year were not necessarily released from that year. By this I don’t mean films (no matter how better they are) that I have seen before, I mean films that I have only just seen for the first time. For example this year I have seen Battle Royale for the first time and out of the films I have seen so far at time of writing (as Pacific Rim will only have just come out when this post is published) it’s the best one. In 2012 I saw the Fantastic 13 Assassins which is better than most films I have seen in 2012 despite the fact it came out in 2010. So, the upcoming top 5 list will feature only those that have come out in 2012, while I cannot name 13 Assassins, I suppose I could do another post of other films I have seen for the first time in 2012 despite the fact they did not come out in 2012. So, here we are Ladies and Gentlemen, feast your eyes upon the Top 5 best film released in 2012.

Prometheus (Scott Free Productions - 2012)

5. Prometheus – From legendary film director Ridley Scott came this work of art. While under development for a long time due to many people wanting a new Alien film, an entirely new film was created by the man who invented the genre of Space Horror. Prometheus was not about Alien, it was set in the same universe but the film is a standalone film that has its own mythology about a species of space being that appeared in the original Alien. I personally find it hard to watch an Alien film as it is too grotesque for me, but I decided to be brave and go and see Prometheus. I enjoyed it to the core. A Great cast featuring the Fantastic Idris Elba among others, Great Setting and amazing but not overboard Special Effects, much like Ridley Scott’s late Great Brother Tony.

The Avengers (Marvel Studios - 2012)

4. The Avengers – From the mastermind behind Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Joss Whedon), The Avengers went on to become the highest grossing film of 2012. Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the film brought together the main cast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe including The Hulk, Iron Man and Thor. While a big challenge to produce it was cleverly brought together despite the strong possibility that this film was going to be bad due to the amount of content that was going into it. The film was not just a big action film, it also had scenes that touched your emotional and personality side also with scenes between the main cast. The only real problem I could find with this film is that it has the potential to ruin The Marvel Cinematic universe completely due to films like Iron Man and Thor being expected to constantly reference The Avengers instead of being more independent in their own content.

The Dark Knight Rises (Legendary Pictures - 2012)

3. The Dark Knight Rises – The Conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s epic Film Trilogy, one of the Top Best film series/trilogy’s to date. I was both excited and worried about this instalment as I wanted it to be good, but what was I thinking, of course it was going to be, it was directed by one of cinema’s Greatest Directors. Set several years after the events of The Dark Knight, the film takes a different tactic of going back to Batman Begins on all levels. The story directly features Batman Begins and Bruce Wayne in a sense has to learn to become Batman again. One of the best executed stories in Cinema of this current decade and an Amazing cast Including Tom Hardy’s excellent performance as Bane with an Amazing Soundtrack from Hans Zimmer. An absolutely Fantastic film and the Perfect conclusion to a Brilliant story.

Snow White and the Huntsman (Universal Pictures - 2012)

2. Snow White and the Huntsman – In 2012 two films were released to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the original story of Snow White. One of them was the rather dull and predictable comedy film (personally not seen it but I can work it out) Mirror Mirror, and then there was Snow White and the Huntsman. Starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth, Snow White and the Huntsman took a very different look to the well-known fairy-tale while also keeping important elements in. The film was more like a fantasy epic than a fairy-tale. With a villain that you, as an audience member had no sympathy for, and an all-star cast including screen Legends Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins and Ray Winstone; this teamed with the Amazing scale of the locations and terrific action of the battle sequences, not to mention the awesome soundtrack made this one of the years stand out films.  

The Hunger Games (Lionsgate - 2012)

1. The Hunger Games – Starring the Amazing Jennifer Lawrence along with Josh Hutcherson and acting Legend Donald Sutherland and directed by Gary Ross, The Hunger Games is a one of a kind film based on the book of the same name by Suzanne Collins. I had not heard of The Hunger Games before seeing the film but the film impressed me so much, I could not think of anything else for about 4 weeks. The film came at an interesting time for me as I had just finished reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy and this helped put me in the position of Katniss in the film, and it struck a chord with me. The Soundtrack was Brilliant and the effects were Amazing. The film also had another effect on me; it got me back into reading. My reading had been stagnant for a while, but the day after I saw this film I bought the book and before the end of the week, had already bought the other two in the series. Not only one of the Best films in a long time, but also the Best film of 2012.

GENEPOOL (You see ACTIVISION; the best way to complete a trilogy is to not fire the directors).





Iron Man Rises – Iron Man 3

20 05 2013

Iron Man 3 (Walt Disney Studios - 2013)

In 2008 Marvel would begin their successful Marvel Cinematic Universe series with the release of Iron Man. When I first heard of the Iron Man film while on holiday in the Netherlands in 2007, my immediate thought was “Oh No”. My only knowledge of Iron Man at the time was a combination of two 1990’s cartoon series, one of which was an Avengers Cartoon and the other was the rather superb Spiderman 1994 cartoon series. When the film was finally released in 2008 I went to see it and phrased the film as the first proper rival to The X-Men Films (but still did not beat them, the only comic character film series to beat the X-Men films in my opinion is the Fantastic Dark Knight Trilogy by Christopher Nolan). Well following this film in 2010 came Iron Man 2 which I also enjoyed but was a bit disappointed that Terence Howard was replaced for Don Cheadle. I do feel that Howard was more like a friend to stark than Don Cheadle was. Now three years has passed and now we finally have Iron Man 3. Between 2010 and Now we have had more Marvel Films in the Cinematic Universe range which include Thor, the unwatched Captain America (Unwatched as in I refused to watch it), The Incredible Hulk and The Obvious Avengers.

Marvel Cinematic Universe

Since the first trailer was shown for Iron Man 3 (or Iron Man Three as the film continuously demands) I have been worried about the film, worried as I was with Transformers Three, sorry Transformers 3 for replacing Megan Fox’s character. The trailer to me looked a lot like, as you can guess from the title of this review, The Dark Knight Rises. The trailer also seemed to be misleading to the viewer with the Mandarin talking over some scenes which caused a lot of confusion to me. The other worry I had about this film is the pre-stated Obvious Avengers film; Yes, we all know it happened. Yes there would be some references to it, but the Iron Man trilogy (?) has its own story and can’t and shouldn’t rely on that film for its plot. My worry was that Iron Man 3, sorry, Iron Man Three would be nothing more than a constant verbal repeat of The Avengers and as such, RUINED. Well, I have seen the film now (Iron Man 3, sorry, Iron Man Three) and so let’s take a look at this film.

TDKR and TA

The Film opens up In Sweden with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) at a Swedish conference with a woman named Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall). While in Sweden he meets a man hoping to have Stark in his Think Tank. The man is called Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce). However Stark turns him down. In the present day Stark is having emotional issues with what happened in The Avengers (See). He is having Friction with his Girlfriend Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and has built several Iron Man suits as some form of Therapy. He is also having trouble sleeping. War Machine has been re-painted and re-branded as The Iron Patriot. Meanwhile a Terrorist named the Mandarin is causing issues to The United States of America. Potts has a meeting with an assumed former flame, Aldrich Killian who invites her to help out with his Extremis Project; she turns him down. Happy Hogan (John Favreau) gets caught in a bomb blast at the Hollywood Chinese Theatre after a brief fight with a supposed henchman (James Badge Dale) of Killian. The Blast is reported to have been the work of the Mandarin.

IMT3

Stark issues a threat to the Mandarin. Stark has a meeting with Maya and while having this meeting The Mandarin Attacks. Stark manages to get Potts and Maya out while he takes his latest Iron Man suit and goes into hiding. He arrives in a town in Tennessee and receives help from a Kid named Harley (Ty Simpkins). While in town, Stark finds out information about what he believes to be an attack by the Mandarin, he is later attacked by a woman who can supposedly be invincible and heal parts of her body thanks to some strange powers. He eventually defeats her and leaves town.

IMT1

Colonel Rhodes (Don Cheadle) dressed in the Iron Patriot armor goes looking for the Mandarin after another wave of attacks from the terrorist. He finds his henchmen who thanks to the same powers as the woman who went after Stark. The Iron Patriot is overpowered and sent back to The Mandarin. Stark discovers where the Mandarin is hiding and goes looking for him, who turns out not to be what he thinks he is. Tony is captured by Killian and is shown that Killian has Pepper and is told about what The Extremis Virus is. Killian reveals that he is The Mandarin and kills Maya Hansen and leaves to deal with the Iron Patriot costume. Tony Stark manages to break free and meets back with Rhodes. The Iron Patriot costume heads for Air Force one to capture The President and while warning the Vice President of the intentions, it turns out that the Vice President does not inform the President for specific reasons.

Iron Patriot

With the President now captured, Stark and Rhodes head for a freight ship that Killian is on. Stark calls for his other Iron Man Suits which make up an Air Force of robotic suits to attack Killian’s men who all have The Extremis virus in them. The suits are successful in dealing with the soldiers and Rhodes saves the President and takes back the Iron Patriot armor. Stark goes after Killian and tries to save Pepper when she accidently falls and supposedly dies. Stark fights Killian with a range of Iron Man suits and puts Killian in one of them hoping to destroy him. It fails but then Pepper arrives and kills Killian thanks to a combination of Iron Man suits and The Extremis Virus that had been pumped into her. With Killian now dead Stark destroys all his suits in an attempt to spend more time with Pepper.

Iron Man Suits

In the aftermath of the film, Stark gives Harley lots of technologically equipment, Hogan wakes from a coma, Pepper has the Virus removed from her system and Stark has surgery to remove the shrapnel from his heart. He throws away the mini ark reactor in his chest as he no longer needs it and sets off to begin a new life while also acknowledging that he will always be Iron Man.

Iron Man Armor

Iron Man 3 is nicely brought together with Good direction, nice music and brilliant acting. The films main stars continue the paths that they have set in the previous films and build on those. Happy Hogan is not just a comic sidekick like he has been; he is getting more involved and becomes a pivotal part of the plot. Killian (not the character of the same name that appears in The Running Man) is a nicely round-up bad guy and to begin with you are unsure of his intentions until they are revealed. I do think however that Maya Hansen could have had more of a part in the film as in total she appears in no more than about 4 scenes. With her part being that of mystery and in some case a possible major player of the film, she does not get the air time that the character needs in order to explain anything at all. The Mandarin was nicely used but even after the odd reveal halfway through it is a shame that he is no longer referenced. While he is no longer needed in the end, it is sort of anti-climactic and a bit of a shame.

John Favreau, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall

The Main characters though (as suggested) are the main show to me. While I still prefer Howard to Cheadle, Cheadle has improved his character from Iron Man 2. In the first Iron Man it is seen how good and important Rhodes is as a friend to Stark and in the second film it is not really shown, however in this film that improves with scenes including where they are having dinner together. I am disappointed however at The Iron Patriot as while it is very and rather obviously patriotic, it does not give a proper sense to Iron Man’s sidekick. Iron Man is the hero and does the fighting while War Machine (which is by far a better name) brings the Firepower as the name suggests. The Iron Patriot on the other hand does not suggest anything about the character that he supposedly is with a name like that. The only time when something like this occurs is towards the end of the film in the docks scene.

War Machine

Is it me or does anyone else think that Jarvis deserves more credit than he gets (if he gets any at all)? Voiced nicely by Paul Bettany he is one of Stark most important sidekicks and assistants if not his most important. Jarvis does get some more air time in this film than in the past, which I am very pleased about. I wonder if there is cross over potential in the future and see if it is possible for a romance theme between Jarvis and GLaDOS.

Jarvis

Gwyneth Paltrow’s character is one of the things about the Iron Man films that I look forward too. Her character may have been a support character at the very beginning but has matured into one of the series’ most powerful characters. She started as an assistant and in this film became a hero. She is also a symbol of how important it is to have a Very Good Friend, especially one to talk to every now and again. Alongside her we of course have Robert Downey Jr. playing the part of Iron Man. Like Gwyneth Paltrow, his character has also evolved from the obnoxious billionaire into a truly good person. He does spend a lot of time in this film coming to terms with what has happened in his life and he plays those parts well (even though they are sort of down played and quick). He has developed a caring side to him and has realized who and what are important to him and is a great example in films of someone successfully turning their life around. Add Potts into the mix and you do have a Great on-screen relationship, even though there appears to be less tennis matches and arguments. It would be interesting to see where the relationship goes from here.

RDJ and GP

One of my main issues and worries about the film was the change of Director. I think that Jon Favreau had done an excellent job with the previous 2, sorry, two, and so was a bit down heartened when it was announced that he decided not to direct the third. I was even more worried when I found out about the new director, Shane Black. I had not heard about him before (much like Favreau) and did some research and was worried when I discovered that he had only directed one film previously and it was all the way back in 2005 with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (which also starred Robert Downey Jr.). This did not look promising and did not show confidence. After watching Iron Man Three though I can see that I did not have to worry as the film was very enjoyable and in some respects helped the film by not being a run of the mill sequel and in some case may have improved what it could have been. It would have been interesting though to see what Favreau would have done if he was directing it.

Shane Black

I am not really going to mention the music as it did not really take much of a point in the film in my opinion. I will say this though, the End Credits are the third best end credits for a Marvel Film after X-Men: First Class (First) and Thor (Second). The Special effects in this film are Awesome, with most of the special effects and by far the best coming from the special effects used for the suits. The scene with the fall from the Airplane was nicely shot and a really enjoyable clip. When it came to the dog fight with the suits, I like how they all appeared to be synced in combat. I also enjoyed the different styles of Iron Man suits; in particular the big blue (Mark 38) one that becomes a sort of building jack, so it is a shame that Stark had to destroy it as I would be have been more than happy to have given it a home (Even though I have already designed in my head what my Iron Man suit would look like). I also liked how the films Movie poster showed the evolution of the Iron Man suit over the course of the series.

Iron Man Suit Mark 38

Iron Man 3 Is actually a Very Good film. It does have a nice combination of being a heavy Action film while also being very Clever at the same time while also dealing with Personal Emotions, something that Action films rarely do as they can only do one of those previous things and have reference to the other, not all three. Iron Man accomplishes all three with equal footing on each one. It also, like all other Marvel Films to date reveals more of the universe of the comics but instead of only a bit here and there it has a double if not triple dose of references and pointers.

IMT2

While Iron Man Three is all of the above, it still feels like it is a Marvel response to The Dark Knight Rises. There are several parts that I can easily touch on; The Mandarin is a lot like Bane as in he is a recognizable face and holds the Country (Gotham City) prisoner through several bad deeds. Harley getting lots of technology at the end is a lot like Joseph Gordon-Levitt inheriting the Bat Cave. Stark getting attacked at home in some sense is like Batman fighting Bane underneath Wayne Tower. Stark being held prisoner in the enemies’ lair is like Bruce Wayne being held in the underground prison complex. The Enemy having a bit of a switch at the end meaning that the main villain for most of the film is no longer the main villain. And The Hero has to rise up from a bad incident to become the hero again. So in a way I was right, this is not really a third Iron Man film, it is Iron Man Rises.

The Dark Knight Rises (Legendary Pictures - 2012)

Despite the stated above flaw, Iron Man 3 is a really enjoyable film. While I was really unsure and worried about the film, I can see that I did not need to be as the film proves that a Superhero film is not just about the Action. I mean when the film ended I did feel a bit like Bruce Banner did (WOOPS). The film brings the series to a nice ending (not as Good as the ending for The Dark Knight Trilogy though) at least for now. While the series may continue in the future, for now we have reached a Good ending for it and it and now we can enjoy what other treats Marvel has for us until they bring back the Flagship Character of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Iron Man Three is a Fantastic Film.

GENEPOOL








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