The Long Now Playing Good Night

By: Jeff Ford
By: Jeff Ford

The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Iron Man 3

 Work issues have kept me away for far too long.  It’s time to dive back into the fray, and what a week it will be.  Only one film appears on our horizon and it’s quite the doozy.  Enough stalling.  It’s time to jump back into the super hero mode as the summer movie season begins with…




When Tony Stark's world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution. *


The Good – Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe begins with the third installment of the series that officially kicked the whole thing off.  While the first film was a breath of fresh air when it was first released (thanks to Robert Downey Jr. and his fantastic portrayal of Tony Stark), the second film had a more “going through the motions” feel.  While still a decent movie, it was easily the weakest of the Phase 1 films (The Incredible Hulk came a close second).  Exit director Jon Favreau and enter Shane Black, a man who has only directed one film before, the awesome Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.  That low budget film crackled with smart, funny dialogue and engaging characters, including the lead duo played by Val Kilmer and Tony Stark himself, RDJ.  But to look at only his lone directing gig is to dismiss what Shane Black truly is.  He is one of the pioneers of the modern buddy cop action genre, having written the movies Lethal Weapon 1 and 2, The Last Boy Scout, The Long Kiss Good Night, and The Monster Squad.  For a while, he was the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood, having sold The Long Kiss Good Night for over $4 Million.  The man knows his action films and my enthusiasm for this installment grew exponentially once his name became attached.  Then as a bonus, they throw in Guy Pearce.  Hurry up and take my money!


The Bad – There is still the stigma of this being the third film (discounting last year’s The Avenger’s).  Not many films have made the successful leap into a third installment.  The Godfather, Part III was considered a travesty compared to the other two (still earned a Best Picture nomination, how I don’t know), Superman III was abysmal, and Batman Forever almost made me puke.   A third film can be successful (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Goldfinger), but the chances are long.  I think with Shane Black at the helm, this film will avoid the previous calamities and be a fine picture, but that lingering doubt still rattles on behind the scenes.


The Ugly – The fact that this movie opened wide a week before the US.  It banked over $195 Million overseas, which just makes the wait that much longer.  Hurry up!


Iron Man 3 is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief suggestive content.


That will do for this week.  Tune in next time when Craig Robinson meets the Roaring 20’s.  Until then, watch out for the talking monkey.  Ugly sucker.  Only says “ficus”.


*all summaries taken from


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