user4 wrote:I was dragged to it ... it was an epic waste of time.
Couldn't agree more--and I love these Marvel Studios films!
What didn't appeal to me was both the story itself and how it was shown...not surprising as the screenplay was co-written by the guy who directed it, Shane Black. Among Black's other films were the Lethal Weapon flicks. [Jon Favereu directed the first two IM films and played chauffeur/friend Happy Hogan; he was given a larger role in IM3. Compensation--?]
Now, judging by the reviews of various critics, some people liked this movie. I didn't. One of the things that works with the Marvel characters is when the film spotlights the comic book version from the Silver Age of Comics and for Marvel, the beginning period of roughly 1963-1978. Nearly every movie of a Marvel character has been successful when showing concepts from this period. The first two Toby McGuire Spider-man films, for example, had concepts from that period. But every once in a while, the films spotlight concepts created later, in the '80's or '90's, and these films haven't been as enjoyable--at least to me and those like me. The third Spider-man movie, for example. And Daredevil (though it predates the birth of Marvel Studios).
The early Marvel comic books (and all comic books, actually) were meant to be fun. They cost 12 cents-25 cents and were aimed at pre-teen and teenage boys and young men (though lots of older people also enjoyed them; much like the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons, entertaining on multiple levels). This was referred to at the time as "The Marvel Magic."
But later, comic books were aimed at those members of society who had larger disposable income, i.e., the 25-40 age group. During this time, "good guys" began killing bad guys, women were draw looking like Dolly Parton in spandex, etc.,--all to appeal to, well, the characters on The Big Bang Theory. Because they
had the money. The prices rose to nearly $4-5 a comic book, beyond kids' ability to buy them anymore. But then, kids weren't the target audience anymore.
When that happened, comic books lost some of the just-for-fun innocence.
In my opinion, this happened with Iron Man 3 in that Black made a movie that was based on a concept called Extremis created by a writer named Warren Ellis in 2005-06: the base coating of the iron armor was now part of Tony Stark.
[Spoiler alert!]http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/170674 ... ooks.jhtml