School is out. I seem to have passed. And it’s time to explore the season of mind mush that falls between college years. Except…no. Not letting my mind go soft this “off-season.” Not this time…
I begin my quest with something smart, something that really made me think: Iron Man 3.
(Sarah…go see this so we can talk about it, and Spiderman!)
SPOILERS AHEAD!!! STOP NOW if you haven’t seen it! You’ve been warned!
Tony Stark is a human being, and as such, the Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome that he suffers after the cataclysmic events of Avengers…makes SENSE. This reaction of a HUMAN BEING to the out-of-this-world battle that included one god prodding him with a supercharged scepter while his brother first battles him then stands next to him in battle, all the while single-handedly escorting a nuke into the heart of the alien chitauri…it’s human. It’s as real as it’s gonna get in Marvel-land.
When the movie began with Tony’s background monologue about the changes he’s experienced, I had an “uh-oh” moment, worrying that Tony was going to slip back into being old Tony, before he embraced the better parts of his Genius Billionaire Playboy Philanthropic persona. Indeed, the first few moments included a few, tense, classic amidalooine-esque moments of worry about our hero’s intentions. But that was put to rest quickly. This Tony, IM3 Tony, is scared of what just happened to him, and to me, that makes total, perfect sense.
I thought for sure I’d hate the kid when he was introduced, but by films’ end, I loved that element. I also loved Ben Kingsley’s stunning turn (and I mean turn) as Mandarin, and Pepper’s burning up ass-kicking. I mean, yeah…did we know she’d end up OK in the end?? Of course we did. Maybe that part was a tiny bit hokey, but who cares? This film gave the oft-neglected Pepper her due.
I started out wanting to dissect the movie in total, element by element and maybe I still will after I see it again. For now, this film is like a good glass of wine. I just want to let it lay on my taste buds while I savor it and my reaction to it. I also want to think some more about a friend’s reaction to it and give myself a chance to think some more about what he said on Facebook about it. I’m analytical that way (thanks, Tom!).
Oh. A couple more things. The Thor 2 trailer is as hot as it gets, and do NOT make the mistake of leaving before the credits have all run. The expected little extra tidbit at the end is perfect..