BY ASHLEY KOWALEWSKI
I heard a lot of hype and a lot of flack about Iron Man 3 before going to see it, which is interesting considering I saw it a mere 24 hours after it was released in theatres nationwide. “Predictable!” people exclaimed (which is really why I hate hearing/reading reviews before seeing a movie–you go in looking for predictability). No matter what I heard, I was not missing the third instalment in the Iron Man franchise. But, I couldn’t help but think, why are people so upset that it’s predictable? (Which it’s really not, by the way, but I’ll get to that.) It’s sort of a catch-22 if you think about it: If the movie is “predictable” viewers will criticize it for its lack of originality, but if Marvel were to branch out and do something different, die-hard comic book fans would be in a frenzy and would boycott the whole franchise. So how do you balance this?
Well, for starters, like I said above, this movie was not predictable. Other than the fact that–SPOILER ALERT–Iron Man does save the world at the end, the plot was actually pretty original, as far as a non-comic-book-junkie-viewer goes. You see little tidbits of Tony Stark’s pre-Iron Man, pre-Pepper Potts (womanizing) past, and you see how Tony has dealt with the last year since the battle of New York (and what he’s been doing to keep busy) since The Avengers got together. You also see a different and completely unexpected villain and Tony Stark actually being vulnerable for the first time in his life. All in all, I was pretty impressed with the originality of the plot. Sure, some one-liners and plot wrap-ups you saw coming, but would it really be a comic book movie without those predictable aspects? Would it really be a Marvel movie without some cheesy, predictable one-liners? Would Tony Stark be Tony Stark without all of his quirks that we’ve come to know and love? No, no and no.
The only really predictable part of the flick? Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow both looking awesome and some really great effects.
Bottom line: this movie was great. So worth the watch and so NOT predictable. If you’re into the Marvel and general comic-book-turned movie-franchise flicks, then you’ll enjoy this. If you go in and watch and deem it unsurprising and anti-climactic, you’re so very wrong and we can’t be friends. Sorry.