Welcome to the very first (and possibly last if this doesn’t go over well) installment of Robservations, a movie review blog by Home Free’s own cuddly tenor, Rob Lundquist.
Most of you probably have no idea I am a fun-loving film fanatic and have a love for alliteration. One of the main reasons I am writing this blog is to show all of you my love for movies, that and the fact I have a great deal of free time on my hands with the guys currently on a cruise ship without me…My International Movie Data Base (IMDB) account shows I have rated over 2,100 movies, which tells you I watch way too many films and I’m nerdy enough to have my own IMDB account. With the rest of Home Free globe-trotting on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas I have been able to partake in some serious movie watching.
How can you go back to an individual superhero movie after last summer’s billion dollar box-office draw, The Avengers??? You go after the easily most successful Avenger, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark as Iron Man. The fact that I was entertained in the slightest after comparing this to a movie with six different superheroes, all of which played by movie stars who are trying to save Earth from total destruction by aliens from another planet, is in itself a heroic feat.
Shane Black co-wrote and directed Iron Man 3, a perfect replacement for previous director, Jon Favreau, who still maintains his producer credit as well as having a heftier acting role in the film. Black is a perfect replacement because he has written some of my favorite action films such as Lethal Weapons 1-4, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang which also happens to star Robert Downey Jr. and is my 3rd favorite RDJ role (Tony Stark and Sherlock Holmes are my top two favorites. His role as Kirk Lazarus in Tropic Thunder might be tied for third. Wow, he has really done some awesome movies…but I digress). As I was saying, Black is a great choice because he has directed RDJ before and has an exceptional reputation for writing funny action films. I felt he stayed true to Favreau’s vision and followed the “arrogant billionaire trying to conquer his own demons while saving the world from several nemeses” formula.
Just like the other Iron Man movies and The Avengers, Iron Man 3 delivers the funny and does not disappoint. These movies are so brilliant because the viewer doesn’t go into them thinking they are going to be in stitches while watching someone overcoming life-threatening obstacles and saving the day. The humor catches the audience off guard and I really think that is why Iron Man continues to be so successful. It has the perfect combination of action, drama and humor.
I was happy to see that Black didn’t shy away from The Avengers and even referenced several events that took place in the film to show how they affected Tony Stark’s psyche. Acknowledging the epic production helped the audience get over the fact that they aren’t seeing all of those superheroes come together. It was also smart to keep the antagonists as humans who aren’t necessarily a threat to destroy the whole planet. Tony Stark could possibly handle these bad guys by himself and not need the rest of the gang, which leads me to my next point…
Ben Kingsley’s performance as The Mandarin is worth the price of admission. I didn’t think it was possible for another actor to steal a scene from Robert Downey Jr., but Kingsley proved me wrong. His menacing quote in all the trailers, “You don’t know who I am. You don’t know where I am. And you’ll NEVER see me coming,” is perfect on so many levels. Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian on the other hand was by far my least favorite part of the movie. I found his power confusing and had a hard time believing anything he said. For me to like the movie as much as I do with Pearce having as big of a role as he does, should show you how much I love the Iron Man series and how perfect I think Robert Downey Jr. plays the role of Tony Stark.
Overall I enjoyed the movie very much and thought it was well-paced. I never found myself hoping they would skip to the next scene which my ever-fleeting attention span often does in a film longer than two hours. I’m not really going out on a limb by saying that I enjoyed Iron Man 3. If you tend to like most of the Marvel productions this movie should live up to expectations.
I’m giving it 4 stars out of a possible 5. If you want to know how I’ve come up with this review system, there are 5 members of Home Free and everyone wears Converse All-Stars to every performance…unless you’re Tim, who forgot to wear his All-Stars to The Sing Off audition last week…
I hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of Robservations!