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Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3 (2013)

Directed by Shane Black

Starring Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley and Guy Pearce

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Things haven’t been the same for Tony Stark since the events that happened in Avenger Assemble. He is having trouble sleeping and spends his time messing around with his Iron Man suits. But when a mad man by the name of The Mandarin starts blowing stuff up and makes things personal Tony Stark must overcome his issues to save the world.

As a fan of all the Phase 1 films this makes a very good start to Phase 2 with Tony Stark being the class act that he is while taking on one of his biggest comic book enemies The Mandarin. The trailers that came out before the film did show an awful lot of the story and some of the coolest bits in the film. It was interesting, beforehand, to see how they would avoid all of the other Avengers and why he wouldn’t just pick up the phone and ask for help but it actually works and you sort of forget that the others are not that far away. Plus I suppose that being the type of character that Tony is he wouldn’t want to ask for help anyway.

While watching the film there were scenes that made me think of the Lethal Weapon series, in which director Shane Black had a hand in making.

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There were a lot of comedic elements to the film and the introduction of a kid sidekick made the film feel a little bit like it was aiming for a younger audience. However this is Iron Man and is great fun throughout. Do you need to have seen all of the other Phase 1 films before this? No probably not. It would work as a standalone film. But then my question would be why haven’t you seen all the others. We have a long way to go in Phase 2 not to mention Phase 3 and this was a solid start.

Post Credit scene – as with all of the Marvel films of recent there is a scene to stick around for after the credits

TheFriedGold rating – 7/10A strong Iron start to Phase 2

 

Film Fact

 The song heard at Bern in the beginning of the film is “Blue” by Eiffel 65. This song is about an encounter with aliens, and foreshadows Tony Stark encountering alien beings in Avengers Assemble.   

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Flight

Flight (2013)

Directed by Robert Zemeckis

Starring Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, John Goodman, Kelly Reilly and Nadine Velazquez

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After an Airplane suffers a mechanical failure, Captain William ‘Whip’ Whitaker successfully lands the plane with only a few casualties and is suddenly at the centre of hero/villain story where he has to live up to the serious fact that he has problems in his life that need to be dealt with.

 

This is a serious film with some very strong issues that need to be worked out by Washington while he tries to understand how his life has taken such a fall. Drink and Drugs play a major role in the film and go to show the effects they can have on someone’s life, even if you did just become a hero. His relationships with women, his son and work colleagues differ throughout the film showing his downfall as they try to either help or disown him.

John Goodman adds the comedy to the film playing Washington’s brother and drug dealer and helps him out/makes it worse when he needs it although he isn’t seen much in the film. The actually plane crash is amazing and filmed excellently. It is not a quick flash in the pan crash; it takes you through the whole scenario.

A note that the film does start with full nudity from My Name is Earl Actress Nadine Velazquez who looks stunning.

 

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I enjoyed the film even though it was a lot more serious than I thought it was going to be. Denzel was brilliant and thoroughly deserves his Oscar nomination for Actor in a Leading Role and the crash scene was dealt with brilliantly. The film does clock in at a long 2 hours and 18 mins and tackles some serious issues however I do think people should see this film.

TheFriedGold rating – 7/10 – Denzel reaches for the sky

 

Film Fact

Denzel Washington’s first Oscar-nominated role in over 10 years. His last Oscar-nominated role was for Training Day.