I’m very rarely disappointed by movies. I usually enjoy a movie as much as I expect to or else I am pleasantly surprised, but I am almost never disappointed. The last movie to really, truly break my heart was in 2010, with the highly anticipated release of Iron Man 2. Upon seeing the phenomenal trailer, I went into the theater with no doubt in my mind that it would surpass it’s predecessor. How wrong I was. Many were sorely underwhelmed with this sequel, which seemed flat and forced in comparison to the first. And yet I still have high hopes for Iron Man 3 for a number of reasons, least of which my long-held devotion to Robert Downey, Jr.
A good panel says a lot about a film, often more than any trailer could. This panel was professional and consistently on-topic. There were no meandering anecdotes or gratuitous crowd-pumping (except a little from RDJ). These men were here on a mission, and though they kept it fun it was obvious that business came first here. Little to nothing was said about the plot. Instead most questions worked to establish a general tone and direction for the film. RDJ stated that the film was not going to be a set up for another Avengers movie, but rather would focus on further developing the Tony Stark character.
Also exciting is the addition of screenwriter/director Shane Black to the series. His previous work includes the Lethal Weapon series and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, the latter of which starred a pre-Iron Man RBJ in one of his finest performances. Black’s proven ability to balance comedy with action, as well as his already established rapport with the film’s star are both good indicators that Iron Man 3will be a more satisfying sequel than 2 was.
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