Head-to-head: Iron Man 3

Some movies are just too big for one reviewer. And when those reviewers don’t agree, you can only settle it with a Head-to-Head. Enter Halil, James & Iron Man 3.

Iron Man 3, directed by Shane Blake, brings Hollywood superstar Robert Downey Jr back as Tony Stark, billionaire turned super hero.

The film is set after the events of 2012’s The Avengers Assemble, and sees Stark dealing with the aftermath. Enter Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin, as Stark’s newest foe and action ensues.

This third outing for the Iron Man-franchise has caused some full on consternation in the 20FF offices. And Halil and James have been particularly vocal in their disagreements.

So – in the Red Corner, James Salver. In the Blue Corner, Halil Borucu.

Ready…. fight!

HB:       To be absolutely honest, I was expecting this to be the same old routine: superhero living the life, bad guy comes and causes havoc, superhero saves the day, the end.

Even though IM3 still followed this structure, all I had to say when the film ended was, ‘Wow. Just… wow’. Everything was great: the humor, the use of CGI, the action sequences and the final battle against the antagonist!

JS:        Seriously? This was one of the most disappointing films I have ever watched!

I guess it was inevitable. Just before it began I had actually tweeted praying for no ridiculous dancing, but I guess that was too much to ask because not even 10 minutes into the film there was Tony Stark wiggling his tooshie in my face as if to say, ‘Fuck you, everyone loved the dancing in Iron Man 2’.

HB:       But come on! Downey Jr played him brilliantly. Personally, I can’t imagine anyone else being able to bring such character to Iron Man. It’s like the role was created for him. He has proved yet again that he is one of the best in the business.

JS:       Yeah, but Stark used to be funny cool, whereas this film is just too slapstick funny. It even feels like Spy Kids in places!

I mean, I waited patiently, knowing that no matter how funny things were, that when Iron Man finally came face to face with his nemesis, an all-out battle of epic proportions would take place. So, Stark infiltrates the Mandarin’s hide out and I knew in a matter of seconds shit was about to go down… Wrong! Even this was turned into some form of ludicrous pantomime farce.

HB:       You’re crazy! This film was slick, amazing to watch and really fresh, despite being part of a franchise. Don’t you think the huge, bulldozing iron-robot and the self-operating Iron Man suits were awesome?

JS:        Look, I said it was one of the most disappointing films I’ve seen. Not that it was one of the worst. Dancing aside, there were some good bits. The special effects in this film are what you would expect from an Iron Man flick, absolutely fantastic! All the fight sequences looked really slick and were gripping to watch.

             The film did start fairly well and Ben Kingsley’s interpretation of the Mandarin was heading towards being one of the best on screen super villains ever.

HB:       For sure! Mandarin was the most interesting character. Kingsley was perfect. I reckon his quote from the trailer ‘You’ll never see it coming’ applies to everyone, especially the audience! And there were plenty of other noteworthy performances, such as Guy Pierces’ Aldrich Killian and Don Cheadle’s Col. James Rhodes/ Iron Patriot.

I really liked that there were just enough references to the previous films Stark has featured in. They really helped the story progress seamlessly.

JS:        What?! No! It felt like we were constantly reminded that nothing has been the same since New York. Constantly! Is there really nothing you think doesn’t work?

HB:       There are small things which were questionable during the story, but to be honest I don’t think they are worth getting into. The pacing of the film was a bit slow especially around half way through but then again this is made up for during the final battle.

JS:        Oh come on, when I left the cinema I felt I’d been cheated. What I witnessed was not the dark Iron Man film I was promised from the trailer. Hell, it was closer to a Johnny English Sequel.

HB:       Not at all, you’re a mad man! I felt that the trailer satisfied expectations! What’s shown in the trailer is just a taste of what’s to come! Shane Black directed an enjoyable, brilliant film, which is definitely worth seeing. Iron Man 3 was top notch and I truly believe that this may be the best in the franchise so far.

JS:       See, for me, this film was just one big joke. I think, sir, we’ll just have to agree to disagree!

HB:       Agreed!

Halil: ★★★★★

James: ★★☆☆☆

Halil Borucu and James Salver

 Iron Man 3 is out now.

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