Iron Man 3 A Solid Movie

Iron Man 3 Movie Poster--Marvel

Iron Man 3 Movie Poster--Marvel

Iron Man 3 Movie Poster–Marvel

Let’s talk about Iron Man 3. First of all I love Ben Kingsley and I can imagine that he really had a ball with this role. Secondly I love Robert Downey Jr. No I didn’t start out a fan but the role of Tony Stark was made for him, or he for it. I don’t know but either way it works out fabulously. I don’t want to give away any spoilers this early in the release so let me just say that whatever you’re expecting, this movie is not that. I was surprised as the unexpected happened more than once. The best way to enjoy this movie is to take it as it is, without preconceptions and by enjoying the ride. I will say that no audience enjoys a bait and switch but this is handled well and makes up for it by the strength of the characters.

We saw it at the Cinetopia and let me tell you, it was lovely. The seats were extra comfy and there were ottomans for each seat so I could put my feet up and really get cozy. Also there was food and beer and friendly servers. We had a Lagunitas Little sumpin’ sumpin’. I first tried that delicious brew at the Zoo Brew a year ago and remembered how good it was. It’s a fairly obscure brew to have on tap and I was pleasantly surprised. Now I’m not saying that 3 pints of little sumpin’ sumpin’ makes the movie better but it sure didn’t hurt.

Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin'

Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’

I will have to say that if I were ever an evil genius, things would not go well for the Earth. I actually thought of something so diabolical, so horrible that if it had been me, instead of the Mandarin I would have taken over and no one would have even realized it. The entire population of the planet would have just gone about their business as usual all-unaware of their new evil overlord. Only Jarvis might have been able to alert Tony Stark.

There’s nothing to see here, citizen, carry on about your business.

Also, while I can see and appreciate the particular way they chose to bring about the villain’s downfall, I would have done that differently too. Then again what they did was so unexpected that I cannot fault them for the way they chose to do it. In fact it is because they did such a good job setting things up that there are alternative solutions to the problems they created.

Finally, I really enjoyed the growth that Tony Stark went through. It seems that every Iron Man movie is about Tony Stark growing as a character. It’s about his inner character being refined in a crucible of extraordinary and dangerous situations so that with each movie he becomes more a hero and less a narcissistic jackass.

There were some notable trailers before Iron Man 3. First up Star Trek: Into Darkness. Wow does it look fantastic. The more I see of it the more I want to see it in it’s entirety. Also After Earth looks fun but then I fall for sci-fi every time and I like Will Smith. Superman–does not look like anything I am going to rush right out and see. I can’t help but think, every time I see it, that with Global Warming proceeding the way it is that Fortress of Solitude had better be mobile.

Now I have to go from the fantastic and wholly enjoyable, if frequently unexpected Iron Man 3 to Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster for a review I’m doing for The Geek Girl Project. I’m going to require a few more pints for this. K.

Second Chances, A Special Project and As Always War In Flesh

They say slow and steady wins the race and I hope they’re right because that’s how War In Flesh is going. I spent all day yesterday making steady progress. Things are coming together nicely. I skimmed some of the highlights of The Art Of War yesterday to see if any of that would fit into one of my characters philosophies. I guess I should give myself time credit for that kind of research. It makes for richer stories but it really slows down the actual writing.

For the record nothing from The Art of War fit directly into the section I was writing but that doesn’t mean I won’t go back and use it later at a better point in the story for it. Last time I was researching how to weld steel seams on ships and SWATH ship design. This book will be a bit different.

Today we will be joining the Cinco de Mayo celebrations going on around town and having a good time. I’m looking forward to being out in the sun and enjoying the giant celebration. Then I’m going to lobby hard to see Iron Man 3 tonight. So I’ll probably be taking the day off from writing (of course most of the time when I say that I get really inspired and have a great writing day).

I’ve had some ideas for Second Chances I really want to get written down too. That means that if I do get a chance to do some writing I may have some progress on both books. I did get another section edited for my secondary project, the unnamed one that I’m working on very casually. This is mainly because it involves collecting stories from others and I don’t know when I will have the opportunity to do that. It is also a very personal project so I am handling it with special care. This project will take time and I’m ok with that. I don’t know when, if ever, I’ll have it ready for publication but so far I have permission from my storytellers so who knows what the future will hold. K.