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Nerdlocker Movie Review: Iron Man 3

 Marvel comics‘ stories rock.

mark todd demolisherWhether you’re someone who has been an avid collector of their comic books longer than you could confidently tell time or you’ve hopped on the bandwagon because of the movies, I’m sure you anticipate the “Marvel” flip page movie intro as much as I do.

Pictured, is Mark Todd‘s “Demolisher” print. It’s my favorite letterpress Iron Man print I’ve got.

I should mention that I am quite the Tony Stark fan. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that Robert Downey Jr. fills the role so well (and also is quite nice to look at) or if Stan Lee created a superhero that I find totally badass. Here, we have a human character, who’s given the capabilities and knowledge to accomplish the unimaginable. In Tony’s situation, the easily imaginable. Though he may have a hard time dealing with certain setbacks, he remains constant and forward moving. Basically, shit happens. *Fan girl sigh*
Pepper Potts does well to balance him out, without being swept away or brutally bitchy and expectant. She’s my favorite gal, and Gwyneth Paltrow plays her perfectly. Needless to say, I have been looking forward to this screening and dreading that my water would break forcing me to stay home. I’m pretty confident that even if it happened, I’d have finished the movie. Don’t they say the “First” is the longest?!

iron_man_3_poster_finalWhile the voice of Tony Stark queues you off, Iron Man 3 soon starts with its signature “Marvel” page flips. Soon followed is a nostalgic segment on Starks New Years from 1999-2000. Time spent here shows the natural party side Tony used to enjoy, antics with pal and bodyguard, Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) and memories of experiment introductions and concepts both Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall) and Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) both separately, and deeply, want Starks accompaniment on. Of course long legs and nice boobs would win Starks attention, and Killian is left waiting.

Speaking of boobs….
Pepper Potts and Tony Starks’ relationship has naturally progressed to living together, and in similar fashion, their care and antagonisms continue in a parallel balance to the previous movies. Tony, like the excessive dude he is, continues through the movie to show how “big” his love for Pepper is. Though flattered, actions speak more loudly than gifts. The care and feelings that Tony shows would make any woman happy, and clearly Pepper approves. *fan girl sigh, again…*Hogan does well to instill a thoughtfulness between the couple, and plays a great comrade to Stark. I don’t usually prefer Favreaus characters because they are usually over the top, uncaring and a little roided out. In Iron Man 3, I truly enjoyed seeing him in his role.

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The film did well at echoing the more recent past for Stark, without losing that it was an Iron man movie. To be clear, the movie plays best if you have seen “The Avengers“. The after effects of the climactic battle in, “The Avengers”, leaves a mark on Tony that he can’t seem to shake. Jarvis (Paul Bettany) reveals Tony’s problem, which continues to be triggered as the movie progresses. Most often, it’s Harley Keener (Ty Simpkins) who’s innocently intrigued by the “Mechanic”, Tony Stark, and his knowledge and capabilities, that unintentionally flips that switch in Starks mind. Harley did well to play the traditional kid most of us grew up watching in older movies. Unlike many kids in newer films, Simpkins was a kid. He didn’t need to act snarky, tough, weak, or inappropriate to play the role or win your heart. Though, when he mentions, “It’s so cold…”, you catch the cheekiness we all had as a childhood attribute. In my book, Ty Simpkins was brilliant.

Theatrics continue and we are soon faced with our villain, The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), and how things stand with his personal mindset. The outcome was a bit expected, but it went well for the progression. I wish I could have loathed the villain more, but the movies set up made that all a little less climactic and underplayed for me.

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*Spoilers*

Action ensues. *Gasps, sly smirk* Gotchya.

Our Hero continues in fashion and devises his plans to save everyone, but not without some significant sacrifices. As the movie goes on, it’s clear things won’t ever be the same, and Tony is left to pick up the pieces. Stark is able to deal with some of his issues, and pays forward good deeds, which is greatly appreciated by those receiving.

I can’t testify that I am a supreme movie buff, but as far as watching experience goes, I was trapped by the speed and fill of the movie. There were plenty of instances where either the scene progresses at a clean speedy pace, or the cast does well to be sly yet witty. This provided me with a satisfaction that not only was the movie enjoyable, but clearly it had my attention.
I give this movie  4 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

On a side note, USA Today has officially revealed Mondo Galleries three Iron Man 3 prints, today. While this hasn’t been the first revealing by the newspaper, seeing Mondo in national publications still excites and throws me. For us, Mondo is local. We’ve been collecting since they still printed alternative tee-shirts upon request. Sometimes, the reality that people pay for flights for gallery openings or Mystery Movies still blows my mind. Now that Mondo is comprised of a perfect group of people and runs like a well-oiled machine, they’re popularity surpasses many galleries.

Below is Martin Ansin’s Original Iron Man 3 Print (ltd to 450) , Phantom City Creative’s Iron Man 3 Print (ltd. to 250) and finally Ansin’s Iron Man 3 Variant (ltd. to 200).

Iron Man 3 Review

“Mondo Unveils Three Collectible ‘Iron Man 3’ Posters” – Brian Truitt, USA Today
As a co-writer mentioned, in not so many words, “Girls should be interested in comics, not for their studly guys, but because they’re naturally drawn (hah…) to them. They’re much more fun that way.”

As Tony Stark mentions, “Everyone needs a hobby.”

Here is the 3rd Trailer for Iron Man 3.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of “Tales of Suspense” (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The Invincible Iron Man” (#1) in May of 1968.

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