Movie Mistakes: ‘Iron Man 3’

Iron Patriot
Generally I don’t particularly care about these sorts of things, but having seen “Iron Man 3” perhaps more times than should be legal, I noticed this little error.

Truth be told, it’s less of an error than the filmmakers apparently showing us what they can get away with when viewers are in awe over one of their favorite comic characters appearing on the big screen (for the fourth time).  What happens is that James “Rhodey” Rhodes/War Machine/Iron Patriot (Don Cheadle) is captured by Aldrich Killian/Fake Mandarin (Guy Pearce), who uses his Extremis-derived abilities to superheat a section of the armor, with the intention of forcing Rhodey to abandon it.

Killian knows that he’s damaging the surface of the armor, and so he strongly suggests that his henchman, Savin (James Badge Dale) had better be able to fix it.  Now, Savin may indeed be talented, but prior to this moment the movie gave no indication he also had some pretty awesome metallurgical, as well as painting, skills because the next time we see the Iron Patriot armor, there’s no sign that there was any damage at all.

I mean not even a smudge of the paint.  I also know that we’re watching a movie based on a comic book, but Savin making what looked like considerable damage disappear is probably the most outlandish thing in the movie.  Though you have to admit that the man is talented, and if Tony needed any help in his lab, he could do worse than hire him.

Iron Patriot

By the way, anyone that has been following the Iron Man films–Yes, even “Iron Man 2!”–knows that Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) has an miniature Arc reactor in his chest, which keeps a piece of shrapnel from entering his heart, which is pretty much at the center of the chest (which is why the armored suits he wears don’t have the chest repulser off to the left or right).

In the penultimate act of the movie, where (Spoiler Alert!) where Tony Stark and Rhodes are squaring off against the Extremis-enhanced forces of the Fake Mandarin (that’s not his name, but if you have seen the Marvel One-Shot, “All Hail The King” you know it’s true) the Arc reactor is in the center of his chest, where the Universe and Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Larry Lieber and Don Heck intended it to be…

Arc Reactor III

Only to find that in later scenes it has somehow shifted considerably–and quite noticeably–to the right.  It’s not like it’s now on his shoulder or something, but it’s definitely no longer in the center of his chest.

Arc Reactor II

Occam’s Razor posits that when faced with explaining why or how an event happened, the simplest explanation with the fewest assumptions is more likely than not the correct one.  So, considering that that Arc reactor prop was entirely practical, it was probably somehow adhered to Robert Downey, Jr.’s chest, and with all the activity that the film required from him, shifted a bit.

And you know what, I’m OK with that because what the filmmakers could have went with was a CGI Arc reactor, as opposed to a practical one, though the problems it would bring would probably quickly disabuse them of the notion.  For instance, if it were computer-generated, it would have to look slightly different every time it appeared on screen because of changes in lighting conditions as well as his body shifting.

It’s certainly doable, by why would anyone want the added cost, when you could create an Arc reactor medallion, have him wear it, and save yourself (probably) thousands of dollars.

And besides, we’ve seen a movie that was so chock-full of computer generated effects that even the costume that the actor wore wasn’t real.

And we all know how well that went.

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Five Reasons Why Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Will Be A Massive Success

The Internets are filled with all sorts of reasons why Marvel Studios’ upcoming “Guardians Of The Galaxy” could potentially be in trouble, but most of the justifications that I have come upon don’t hold water.  That’s why I listed below five assorted reasons why “Guardians Of The Galaxy,” supposedly, won’t do well, and the reason why the reason is a bunch of hooey.

  • No One Knows Who The Heck The “Guardians Of The Galaxy” Are

It’s true.  If you were to ask ten random people who the “Guardians Of The Galaxy” are, you’ll probably be met by looks of confusion.  That’s perfectly OK, because there was another Marvel character that most people had never heard of, called Iron Man, who despite the lack of name recognition, earned over $585 million worldwide.  Part of the success of that film had more than a little to do with Robert Downey, Jr. and his reputation, which wasn’t very good (the arrogance, the cocky attitude Tony Stark displayed is almost Downey Jr. playing himself)  at the time.

Like “Iron Man,” a strength of the upcoming ‘Guardians’ is in the casting.  Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Benicio del Toro, Michael Rooker, all actors at the height of their powers, together in one film.  It seems to play to virtually every demographic: women, young men, and children, which is always a very good thing.

It’s also worth mentioning that Chris Pratt plays a character that appears to be a take on Indiana Jones, which might help to draw older viewers that remember the character from “Raiders Of The Lost Ark” and hopefully weren’t too put out about Indy’s last outing “Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.”

And here’s a little information for those people who have no idea who the team are.

The characters you see in the trailer are the second the second incarnation of the team.  The original series came into being in 1969, and if you thought that Peter Quill/Star Lord, Gamorra, Drax, Rocket and Groot are strange, imagine how people would react to Martinex (a crystalline being from Pluto), Charlie-27 (a human who’s bred to live on Jupiter.  Because of the difference in gravity between that planet and Earth, he’s stronger and denser than other humans), Major Vance Astro (a time traveler of sorts), and Yondu (a blue-skinned archer who hasn’t yet appeared in a trailer for ‘Guardians,’ despite being in the movie).

Image courtesy of Marvel Wiki

Image courtesy of Marvel Wiki

In fact, Star Lord was more of an independent contractor when he first appeared in “Marvel Preview” in 1976.  At the time he had a sentient starship, and looked nothing like the version of the character that came to join ‘Guardians.’

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The ‘Iron Man 3’ Trailer Is Locked And Loaded!

This trailer looks like ‘The Dark Knight’ of the Iron Man.

And I have to say, I liked it.  I also liked that there was no metal suit is sight when the Mandarin (though Ben Kingsley’s accent struck me as a bit odd) showed up and that Guy Pearce, in the little bit of time we saw him, looked almost sinister.

‘Iron Man 3’ Teaser Trailer

Here’s the latest teaser from “Iron Man 3,” and it looks different from those that came before because it seems to hint at dangers not only for Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), but Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) as well.  There’s no hint of the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) though I hope that they avoid putting him in a suit of armor, which is what the prior two films tended to do with their villains.

I also didn’t notice any thing about War Machine/James Rhodes (Don Cheadle), though I hope he turns up as well.