Movie – Iron Man 3: B+

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Not as good a start as I was hoping Marvel’s Phase 2 would get, but it knew its strengths and played off them. The Iron Man series, particularly Robert Downey Jr., knows how to inject just the right amount of humor and quips, and this one was no exception. I wasn’t as impressed with the tech this time around though. Tony was stuck either without a suit, or with a malfunctioning prototype for much of the movie, and though the final action sequence was glorious, it felt like too much cool stuff was shoved into it for me to properly absorb it all. They took The Mandarin in a direction I did not expect, but I think I’m pleased with the results. Unfortunately, the rest of villains were extremely bland. I have a feeling I wanted too much, and this film will be one those that I enjoy much more the second time around.

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Movie – The Avengers: A+


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Avengers represents everything that is great about the summer blockbuster. It was witty, entertaining, and full of memorable moments. The characters were portrayed exactly as I’d hoped, with a surprising amount of depth given the limited amount of screen time available that comes from having such a large cast. My only real complaint was that the enemy aliens were fairly bland, though to counter that, their big snake ship things were fairly awesome.

Movie – Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows: A-


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There was definitely lots of what I liked from the original, but all the world-jaunting and technology-expanding seemed to add gimmick instead of substance. I liked how Moriarty’s abilities mimicked Holmes’ but my favorite aspect from the first, Holmes’ unwavering assurance that the widely believed explanation was incorrect, was sadly downplayed to allow for a bit of humanizing failure. Rapace’s character was almost entirely pointless. Still a fun film, though.