Well,time to fire some rounds, albeit no play by play comentary like Avatar
The first thing that come my mind is that while the movie seems like a best off of the older movies,there´s also a lot stuff that tries to break the mold. And it starts at the very beggining. The other movies started with some AC/DC because they are badass but also because Tony is a rock star of sorts in these movies, living high life. But then IM3 starts is this:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68ugkg9RePc
lulz and wadafuck were ensured.
And the whole movie is full of theses instances. Ty Simpkins plays a kid´s version of Yusef, and the dynamic is very remiscient of IM1, but then you see that some of the respect for bigger players in the other movies disspears when they pull that crap that they did with Kingsley´s character. Just strange...
Now on to my gripes:
-the fucking marketing campaign. All trailers, featurettes and whatnot sold this as a dark movie with the Mandarin,in the form of Kingsley, being the major threat.Couple that with Pearce saying that his role was "just" a cameo.
Im okay with it not being dark, but using Kingsley as a former actor that traded sex for blow in his past, to be hired/tricked by Killian to be the public face of the Mandarin is bullshit of the highest caliber. Even worse is the fact that use the 10 rings imagery, therefere associating this quagmire of a concept to IM1 and IM2, yet we never see Killian saying to Tony that all that was his fault. As it is there a chance that Killian used the Ten Rings as a scapegoat and there is someone else pulling those strings, but the concept of Mandarin is fucked beyond all repair. And while Whiplash/Vanko was expendable, the Mandarin was not. Shit, even Hammer was treated better.
-not enough Iron Patriot. I honestly expected alot more Rhodes/Iron Patriot. As it stands, I ´d say that his presence was equal or smaller then in IM1 and 2.Wich is a shame.
While these are my only gripes, the Mandarin one is pretty big. I would equate it to Batman letting Ra´s die in Batman Begins, in the sense that blemished an otherwise great movie.
Other then that I enjoyed the rest of the movie very much.
-throwback to the older movies. Yusef appearing, his relationship with Stark being emulated by Harley,the 70´s comic book show music/trilogy best off animated credits,Stark getting resourceful when he has nothing to work with.
-More tech. The other suits appearing was awesome. The capaibility to control suits remotely,with is mind was very cool
-Villains,namely Killian and his Extremis soldiers, with Eric Savin and Ellen Brandt as highlights. I dare say the best threat from the 3 movies. The Extremis soldiers had numbers on their side but were not faceless like the drones in IM2 and unworthy oponents like the 10 rings guys from IM1. You can see that by the beating that the Iron Legion took in the climax battle. Brandt was in a cool bit, but Savin was the standout.At the very least as good as Vanko, but taking into account that Savin was a just an henchman. As to Killian, blows Hammer out of the water and is better then Stane.
Really hope that they continue to use normal people with minimal CGI for anmtagonists. Shit would help a Hulk movie very much.
-Speaking of Hulk, Banner doozing off as Tony opens his heart out lol
-taking into account the events in the Avengers and the toll that it took in Stark. Right now suits just don´t cut it,there are aliens and gods out there, and he as faced death first hand when he flew that nuke. And that shit left a mark. Does he try to shrug it off with humor, to not dwelve on that?Yeah, but it still hurt him. Only at the end of the movie does he get normal.
-Pepper getting a bigger role. Really enjoyed that part. Just wished that Extremis had became a permanent part of her or atleast the hint of a suit for her in future movies.
-Shane Black humor.The henchman making fun of Stark reminded me alot of Lethal Weapon.
-Rebecca Hall.Honestly this was a really good move for both parts. Hall participates in one the biggest blockbusters of the summer in a biggish role elevating her profile, but the death of her character makes not using Jessica Chastain a good thing since they can use for a bigger character.
-Bigger scope. Just like Thor 2 seems to be bigger the it´s predecessor,so was this one. The Disney money is being put to good use.
-Harley. Kid was awesome and his dinamic with Stark was among the best parts of the movie.
At the top of my head it´s this. More to come as the movie settles in and I start discussing it with more of you guys and gals after you see it.