Iron Man 3 Review

Another movie review!

Don’t judge me but this was actually the first Iron Man movie I saw in the theater. Actually, it’s the first Avengers-related movie I’ve seen in theaters, besides Avengers. Well, it was a good one.

The thing I was most interested about going into this movie was what happens to Tony Stark after the events in The Avengers? Because villains are cool and all but honestly, we know Tony Stark/ Iron Man will be victorious in the end.

The movie started off a bit strangely- with Tony Stark doing a voiceover. We got some history about our bad guy (and a small cameo from an Iron Man mentor!). Fast forward a few years and we’re learning about a new bad guy- The Mandarin. Tony does a pretty stupid thing and gives his address out to the press and in short order we’re watching his house get destroyed (after seeing some of his cool new changes to the suit though). Tony ends up in Tennessee, picks up a sidekick, and then heads off to save his lady and defeat The Mandarin, who turns out to be not quite what he expected. There’s lots more to the movie than this of course but you’ve probably already seen it and if you haven’t I don’t want to ruin it for you.

There were two things I loved about this movie: the humor and the action. Tony Stark has always got the perfect one-liner comeback and they come pretty fast here. And the fights! So many explosions and battles in and out of the suit- it was, well, awesome.

And we did get to see what happens to the world, post-Avengers. The always cool Tony is now dealing with panic attacks. The appearance of Thor has opened up all kinds of possibilities to bad guys. This is still most definitely an Iron Man movie but it was nice to see the the nods to the previous events of the Marvel universe.

Two last thoughts: I would have loved to see more of Pepper Potts in super mode. And, as this is a Marvel movie, be sure to stick around for the after credits scene (seriously- it makes sense of the weird voice over).


Star Trek: Into Darkness Review

Wow. So it’s been a while since I posted anything. I promise though I have a good excuse! (Kinda.) I was temporarily transferred at work to a much busier location for a few months and well, I just didn’t have the energy to keep up with this. I’m back to my home location now though and I’ve certainly got a lot of reviews to catch up on. Because honestly, what a summer for the huge fantasy/sci-fi blockbusters, am I right? So today I’ll talk about the the most recent movie I saw and hopefully work my way backwards until I’m all caught up.

Disclaimer: I am not a Trekkie. I saw the last Star Trek movie and enjoyed it. It led me to watching a few of the older original Star Trek (watch them here!) and I grew up around family members who loved The Next Generation. This means that I have a basic understanding and knowledge of the Star Trek world but I don’t know who would win in a fight: Kirk or Picard.

I’m going to try and keep this as spoiler free as possible.

The movie opens up with the U.S.S. Enterprise on a mission. The crew encounters¬† a few hiccups along the way to completion which causes some major issues for Kirk and Spock once they are back on the ground. Meanwhile, in London, a Star Fleet officer has been approached by a mysterious man- he will heal the officer’s sick daughter for a price. The officer’s acceptance and follow through of his part of the deal set in motion the events of Into Darkness and introduce us to our villain, John Harrison (played magnificently by Benedict Cumberbatch who seems dead set on getting into every geek fandom possible. Will he be in the next Star Wars movie? At this rate, probably!).

Well, some things happen over at Star Fleet headquarters in America (no need to be too detailed!) and the crew of the Enterprise ends up taking off in pursuit of the mysterious Harrison with 72 missiles to use against him. They find him easily enough on the Klingon home world where we get to see his amazing fighting skills. Despite his obvious physical superiority, he willingly surrenders to Kirk when he hears about the weapons they have on board and are threatening to use against him. Bones and another science officer (an important character but you can meet her yourself in the movie) end up making a discovery about the missiles that corroborates with the story Harrison has told Kirk and Spock. We also learn who John Harrison actually is.

The last half of the movie is the Enterprise trying to figure out what to do with the information they have learned. Do they help Harrison? Or destroy him as they were instructed? It’s a pretty intense second half but thoroughly enjoyable. We get to see Kirk be a sacrificial captain and we get to see Spock get emotional in defense of a friend. And we get to see the Star Fleet headquarters deal with more destruction. Poor guys. They just seem to have a giant target on top of them. Again, I’m not a huge Star Trek fan. But I really enjoyed this sequel. I don’t really like when successful movies turn into unending franchises but I personally would love to see another Enterprise adventure.