I took Aidan out to watch the latest installment in the Marvel/Disney cash machine last week.
We had hiked all afternoon, but the lure of the movie magic and spectacular special effects of Iron Man rejuvenated us. Frankly, Iron Man was never on my radar as a comic reader as a kid. At best he was a secondary hero. However, Hollywood changed all that that.
The fantastic combination of action, wicked effects and Robert Downy Jr's as Tony Stark/Iron Man has proven irresistible and highly entertaining. The Netflix trailer channel preview of the movie had been getting played as much as the two original movies over the Winter. So, it was great expectations that we took in the he franchise’s third installment.
The challenge for Iron Man was not the Mandarin or the benchmark of the first two movies. The challenge it turned out was beating the trailer for the new Star Trek Movie. My kids are Star Wars junkies. They are Transformer nuts. They worship the Avengers, but Star Trek does not register with them.
On the other hand, I missed the Transformers hype. Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers, Fire Fly and Star Trek dominated my science fiction fantasies. As a kid, the original Star Trek played out in syndication every Saturday morning on the two channel antenna T.V. universe. My university days (and later) were full of the Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager.
I am not saying that Iron Man Three was "horrible" or "bad". It was a great movie. There was a depth to the complicated man in the first two movies was all ego. Tony Stark has changed. He is vulnerable and almost humble as he fights what appears to be two relentless villains. For character development, action, narrative and theatrics it certainly was a case of the third time is the charm.
Aidan declared it the best of the three. Unfortunately, my mind was on the new Star Trek movie. The trailer depicted Star Trek like I had never seen it before. I enjoyed the reboot but Into Darkness was offering something new and I wanted it now. J.J. Abrams has hooked me with Fringe and Revolution.
Iron Man did not have a chance. My mind was not in the comic universe it was with Federation.
I hope to get out to see Into Darkness some night, or dare I say, afternoon, this week. IF you have seen it, what did you think? No spoilers please.
While I am on the topic, I meant to post this really cool Audi commercial last week. The commercial stars the tow Spocks smack-talking each other at a time when fans are debating who is the better!
Zachary Quinto or Leonard Nimoy, old vs new. The winner?
Move over Darth Vader Kid.
Did I mention the Nimoy sings the Bilbo Baggins song?
- Peter L. Whittle
- A former journalist, broadcaster, political staffer and policy adviser, Peter has studied political science, journalism, public administration and Canadian politics. He has grown weary of partisan politics but remains engaged in public policy issues and community activism. Father to three teenage boys,he is committed to teaching them the values of cooperation, volunteering and caring for each other. All I want is for my children to be respectful and successful.