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Iron Man 3: Robert Downey Jr is Iron Man

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It’s been a year since the Avengers released in theaters, and two years since we saw Tony Stark taking down bad guys solo in Iron Man 2.  To say that this film was “highly anticipated” is an understatement; which is why I chose to postpone seeing it.  It did not disappoint, but it did cause me to scratch my head a few times.  So let’s delve in (Warning: SPOILER ALERTS included).

What I liked:

Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as the hero of this franchise and is as impressive and hilarious as ever.  RDJ reminds me of Johnny Depp in his role as Captain Jack Sparrow – no one else can play that role, and the same is true for Iron Man.  RDJ is Iron Man.

The movie is filled with pithy and perfectly delivered one-liners (“I loved you in ‘A Christmas Story’.”), which balances out nicely with the film’s dark premise.

Ben Kingsley was brilliant in his role as the villain, The Mandarin.  Kingsley is terrifying as he delivers threats to a distraught nation through multiple media messages and executes people without hesitation.  But then, [SPOILER ALERT] in a brilliant unexpected plot twist he is revealed to be merely an actor used to mask the real evil at work. Kingsley’s turn from the terrifying Mandarin to a drunk I-don’t-know-what-the-hell-is-going-on out-of-work actor is hilarious and the scenes highlighting this truth alone make the film worth seeing.

What I didn’t like:

The movie inexplicably takes place around Christmas time.  I found this odd. Why set the movie around the holiday season when it’s going to release as a summer blockbuster?

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but [SPOILER ALERT] there wasn’t enough Iron Man in this film.  I’m not talking about Tony Stark, I’m talking about THE IRON MAN.  He’s absent for most of the 135 minute film.  I felt like I saw more of the Iron Patriot – a Iron Man look a like operated by Col. Rhoades (Don Cheatle) – who is disappointingly never really explained either.

Favorite Character: Iron Man.  BUT, the Mandarin and Harley Keener get an honorable mention.  Well done boys!

Favorite Line: “I’m gonna offer you the choice: do you want an empty life, or a meaningful death?” – The Mandarin.

Bottom line: The cast, special effects, script, and soundtrack were all to my liking.  I’m already annoyed with every successful franchise creating trilogies, but this one was worth it, and let’s face it, if they make an Iron Man 4 – I’ll be there, wearing two pairs of glasses (affirmative, plunk down the extra $8 and put on your 3D glasses for this one).

Additional Links:

Mark Ruffalo’s ‘Iron Man 3’ Cameo Explained by Dr. Bruce Banner

Gwyneth Paltrow Goes from “Most Hated Celebrity” to “World’s Most Beautiful Woman” in About a Week

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Ruby Sparks: My Valentine’s Day Tribute

On my 31st birthday I came home from work exhausted and overwhelmed.  I turned my Blu-ray player on – it’s a fancy Blu-ray player that accesses different apps including my Amazon Prime video queue.  I flipped through the various new releases, nothing jumped out at me… until I saw Ruby Sparks.  Best $3.99 purchase I’ve made in a while!

I’ve been meaning to watch this movie.  In fact, I tried to get several of my friends to go and see it in theaters, but they were either not interested, or we couldn’t get our schedules to line up.  Needless to say, it all worked out because I needed to watch this film on this night.  It was perfect and made my birthday feel a little more worthwhile (at the time I was having trouble deciding which was more depressing; turning 31 or the Tuesday it fell on).

What I liked:  Everything.  I know, that’s not a fair statement.  But I did.  I liked everything.  The script.  The characters.  The plot.  The locations.  The whole movie was a breath of fresh air, original, quirky, real and yet magical.

The story line follows a struggling author, Calvin played by the talented Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine, There Will Be Blood) who dreams about a girl, writes her, and suddenly *poof!* she appears!  Screenwriter Zoe Kazan plays Ruby Sparks and just seeing this single performance from her makes her a new favorite actress of mine.  She is fearless.

What I didn’t like:  I had to ponder this for a while.  There is a scene towards the end of the film involving Ruby and an older gentleman and a pool – that’s all I’ll say.  It struck me as an odd scene, but perhaps it’s odd because of an exchange Calvin has with an acquaintance directly beforehand.  Either way, it seemed an odd way to create the inevitable climax that followed.

Favorite character:  Every actor in this film gave a wonderful performance, but my favorite character is Harry, Calvin’s brother, played by Chris Messina.  His quips throughout the film made me grin and giggle frequently.  Harry is the only one that Calvin confides in about Ruby – so only he is aware that Calvin has created Ruby from thin air.

So if you find yourself at the end of a long day looking for something original, witty, funny, and well produced to watch, give Ruby Sparks a whirl.

Oh, and seriously… How adorable are these two?  Happy Valentine’s Day!