[movies] Iron Man 3 and Oblivion (spoiler free)

Yesterday was a tough day for Being Productive, what with the cancer stress and all, so Lisa Costello and I bailed out for the movies. First we saw Oblivionimdb ], then we went and picked up [info]the_child, to hit Iron Man 3imdb ].

I actually kind of liked Oblivion, but it definitely felt very derivative. (Lisa actively disliked it.) And though the worldbuilding eye candy was beyond gorgeous, much of it was also sufficiently illogical to distract me from the movie. In the end, I suppose this movie is rather like The Fifth Elementimdb ]: best enjoyed with the sound turned off.

Iron Man 3 was precisely what it said on the tin: the third Iron Man movie. Robert Downey, Jr. played his part, things went boom and ka-blam, and so forth. There were some reasonably interesting plot twists, and a fair nod to continuity within the Marvel Avengers film cycle. Certainly a lot of fun.

So, yeah, good summer movies. Of course, it’s not quite summer yet…

10 thoughts on “[movies] Iron Man 3 and Oblivion (spoiler free)

  1. Laurie Mann says:

    I love The Fifth Element because it never took itself seriously (except here and there) and was funny much of the time. Oblivion looks a lot like Prometheus – interesting special effects but takes itself way, way too seriously.

    1. Jay says:

      Prometheus really pissed me off, because it could have been a truly great movie, and instead was nonsensical garbage. Oblivion isn’t much better, but it also doesn’t have the wasted makings of greatness, so I was able to go with it. And I think you’re right about The Fifth Element.

  2. Haven’t seen Oblivion. It’s mostly Tom Cruise keeping me from it, actually. I really dislike the guy. He ruined the Jack Reacher movie for example.

    Saw Iron Man 3 Monday night. I’ve been describing it to people as ‘not awful’. The one ‘significant’ twist at the end most people are talking about struck me as really stupid. If he could have done that at any time, why didn’t he do it yonks ago?

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