Hello Freaky Darlings! Sorry for the absence. Been sorting somethings out in my head (Cheshire Cats have problems too!) Anyway, I found sometime in all of that to have a visit to the theater and take a peak at the new Marvel film, Iron Man 3. I was rather pleased I’m so happy to report. So nervous I get when they go on a streak of good movies. That normally means a big turd is on the horizon. Still though, I did find a few flaws with it. Not everything can be perfect right?
Psychotik Review: Iron Man 3
Since this is a sequel in a trilogy of three, my standard rules for a review just can’t apply. So let’s sum up some of the small stuff and get into the film. As usual the casting was good, but you knew that. The only new characters that were of any importance were Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian and Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin (not that this incarnation was import…you know what later, later…) The visual effects were great, story moved smoothly—ish. Nice follow-up all around to The Avengers and Iron Man 2. Problems then?
Well remember when I added an “ish” to the end of smoothly? Well that’s because a small bit in the middle got a little dodgy. Not to say it was slow, it just got a bit scattered. It’s only for about 10-15 minutes toward the middle of the film. Not a damnable offense, but still worth mentioning. Next part I have to alert people with…
OK I wasn’t thrilled with The Mandarin at all. I was rather nervous about Ben Kingsley to start out with (He’s not Asian!) It get’s sort of better when you find out he’s not THE Mandarin from the comics. Really he is a fall guy. But up until that point you get irked as they make Mandarin out to be nothing more than your common grade, run of the mill terrorist. This is remedied when you find out Ben Kingsley is a Drug Addict that Killian pays to be a face for his “accidental” Extremis detonations. Still…I was excited to see the Mandarin from the comics. This direction of dragging comics into the real world I blame on Nolan’s Batman. You already had aliens, what the hell is the deal with having the Mandarin be a magical bad ass? Hmm….Maybe they will state later he was based off the myth of the real Mandarin. The fake one was wearing the ten rings after all.
My Next issue was the Extremis itself. Although I did think it was cool, I didn’t see the point in changing it. Instead of a type of nanite it’s a bi compound derived from a plant. The route they went wasn’t bad…it just was odd they went that route. You also see the name drop of A.I.M, the think tank company ran by M.O.D.O.K. Now I don’t know if they are going to go further with that. I do know at first glance it seems that Killian is the one running it, but he could also be a fall man himself. You do see him on the phone a bunch of times talking to a higher authority figure. You start to think that it’s the Mandarin, but by the end of the movie, you realize that in no way is that the case. Could he have been talking to M.O.D.O.K? I don’t know, but shame on them for not developing that further.
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Let’s end this on a positive note though. I did like that Stark had his arsenal of suits. Would have been nice to see more diverse powers for each one. The only one you really see a diverseness in power is Mark 42 and IGOR. The remote controlling of the suits are cool as well. Loved seeing Iron Patriot. This is of course another moment in the history of the movies that you hate Sony owning Spider-Man. Just think it would have been cool to see Norman Osborn at the helm. But hey, promise you things happen in the movie that will make you happy none the less with that suit. You even get to see Pepper kick some ass…you’ll see. Last positive I will mention is the after credits scene. It doesn’t lead off to another film, but it is a comedic scene with Bruce Banner himself.
After everything was said and done, I still give this movie a 4 out of 5 Top Hats. It has it’s problems…yes. But it is still a pretty entertaining flick with a high re watch value. Can’t wait for Thor: The Dark World. We will see if that one lives up to the original. It has big Godlike boots to fill…lol.
Until Next Time, My Freaky Darlings,
Hello Freaky Darlings! In the wake of Comic-Con I have been left with lot’s to talk about concerning our favorite masked crusaders (and unmasked as it were.) We have movie releases, a short from Thomas Jane (as far as I’m concerned the best Frank Castle), and a little dash of tragedy on opening of Dark Knight: Rises. There is also a few big comic book announcements…but really I don’t cover that..yet…so we will jump over that for the time being…more pressing matters. Let’s start with the good news first shall we:
I’m pleased to finally see the titles released. I’ve wondered for some time what the titles were going to be, or when we were going to get an inkling. The first of them is going to be Iron Man 3, (I love that this is one of the plainest of all the titles, but I do love it that way!) Due out May 3, 2013, the film will be sporting a shiny new golden suit and an awesome villain. Yes people, The Mandarin will be in this installment and will be played by known other than Ben Kingsley (Yes…the Sexy Beast Kingsley!) Concept art suggests maybe a little something to do with the Extremis storyline. Sad that I can’t find it to see for myself, but you know Comic-Con…nothing gets out that they don’t want out.
After that we have November 8, 2013’s Thor: Dark World. I’m very curious about where this is going. I really am not that familiar with Thor so I’m sure it will be a total surprise to me. After that we have Captain America: The Winter Soldier due out April 4, 2014. From the title, one can only assume we will see Bucky transformed into the Winter Soldier. I’m just curious how they are going to drag Bucky into the 21st century. I’m sure it will be interesting no matter what! Another film announced (one that kind of came out of left field) is Guardians of the Galaxy which should be here August 1, 2014. Best anyone can guess from concept art and all is that this film is going to expand the universe for the Second Avengers film. Which makes sense considering at the end of the first film you see…((***SPOILER ALERT***)) Thanos. Their was also an announcement for a long-awaited Ant-Man movie headed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz). They even had test footage that was exclusive to guests at Comic-Con (People need to learn to share!! Harumph!)
Next up on the list of things to chat about is a little short that has been passed around the internet staring one, Thomas Jane. Apparently Mr. Jane wanted to revisit the character of Frank Castle, and give him a proper send off…or not. Now this isn’t to say the video is not good. It’s fucking great! I think he is trying to rekindle interest…maybe another Punisher movie with Thomas Jane again? Hmm? I would love it, especially if it is anything like the short “#DIRTYLAUNDRY”! This is quite possibly the most violent thing dealing with the Punisher yet. I’ve posted it below…so be sure to enjoy it! By the way…MAKE SURE YOUR KIDS AREN’T WATCHING AND YOUR NOT AS WORK!!!
The last thing I will touch on is the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. Last Friday morning, at the midnight showing of Dark Knight: Rises, James Holmes bought a ticket to see the movie. Everyone was excited and entered the theater to gain first look at the last installment to the Christopher Nolan trilogy. Most people had their mind on how it would end or if it would be good. Some where probably thinking about what to do after with their significant other…not Mr. Holmes. No he had different plans entirely. He left the theater through an exit that he then propped open. Dressed in full tactical gear and armed himself to the teeth before coming back inside and starting a blood bath. It pains me to think of the confusion. It kills me to think of the fear. It shakes me to the core that a person could do something like this. My Freaky Darlings, I’m just at a loss…even right now…for words to describe my feelings accurately. I really wish I would have reported this when it happened. I promise you, I will devote another article to this topic. For now I just give you the same details everyone else has. The event claimed the lives of 12 people and injured 59. Ages range from 6 years old to 51. This event, I’m sure, will be a new sad day in history…
That’s all for now Freaky Darlings. As I said, I will devote more to the shooting in Colorado, I just need to get my head together. Sorry I had to end an overall positive post with such sorrow. I will make it up to you soon…I promise.
Until Next Time, My Freaky Darlings,