EDITORIAL: Why I Feel IRON MAN 3 Is Marvel's Best Movie Next To THE AVENGERS
Iron Man 3 has its share of detractors, but I'm here to argue its case and prove that the Marvel threequel is truly a great film that explores dark and complex themes. Click on the article for my thoughts..
After the record breaking success of The Avengers, one can only ask, "How are they going to top that?". The answer is simple, you can't. The Avengers set the bar for the future Marvel movies. Like the CBM user "Intruder" said, People have been spoiled by the Avengers, so now they expect every Marvel solo movie to be on the same scale as The Avengers. The Avengers is a team-up movie, of course it's going to be huge. Iron Man 3 is a stand alone movie much like Iron man 1 and 2 were. It's personal movie that explores the character of Tony Stark after the events of the Avengers.
Don't expect 'Iron Man 3' to be firing from all cylinders right from the get-go as 'The Avengers' did; rather, the road to that payoff is slow and bumpy. This is a 'post-Avengers' Stark, traumatised by his near-death experience closing the Chitauri wormhole back in New York. Because of this, Tony is suffering from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). He can't sleep and he has panic attacks. As a result, he's throwing himself into his work to hide it. He's pretending he's well but he's not and it's hurting his relationship with Pepper. This is dramatized by Tony greeting Pepper with a remote-controlled suit, while continuing his work. But what is really going on deep down Tony's mind? It's simple, Tony has discovered that he's no longer relevant having ecountered Gods, aliens and super soldiers. This makes him vulnerable because he realizes he can no longer fix everything. So what does he do? He start using his suits as a comfort blanket, shielding himself from the world and its dangers.
Yes Steve's infamous line from The Avengers in which Tony responds," Genius, Playboy Philanthropist."But really you're left with a guy who can build a suit of armour in a cave full of scraps, a man who can out smart his enemies with creativity and ingenuity. That is Tony's real power, not his money nor his suit but his brain and his new found sense of right or wrong. Because of Steve's words and his encounter with Gods, aliens and super soldiers, Tony is now questioning himself. Is he more than just a man is a suit of armour? Does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man? That's one of the main theme of this movie and does Tony reach a conclusion to that question? Yes he does in the end. How? Those 42 suits he built were symbolic of an unhealthy mind. He created them all in a feverish, weak mental state. By initiating "Operation Clean Slate Protocol", destroying all the suits and then also having the arc reactor removed (I was a bit iffy on that), he's taking away his dependence on the suits and the obsessive need he's had through all three films to be the one to solve the problem. He's realized it's the Man that makes the suit.
Also it's for Pepper, who has accepted his role as Iron Man but NOT his obsessive nature that's harmful to himself and her. Tony recognizes how much Pepper matters to him and has the courage to open up to her a bit about what he’s going through. Blowing up the suits the in front of her is him putting his money where his mouth is and symbolically saying "I'll put you first". It's clear enough though that from him picking up the screw driver in the wreckage of his mansion, looking knowingly down at his hall of armours (where it once was anyways) and then the last cheeky shot of him taking that robot arm (dummy ^_^ ) in the trailer, that he hasn't given up being Iron Man, not by a long shot. This is then confirmed when he has his final line, I AM Iron Man". So I don't think it's about him giving up being Iron Man. I think people were taking the removal of the arc reactor too literally. I mean he but he's simply acknowledged the fact that he doesn't need the reactor to be a hero something that kept him from taking it out in iron Man 2. He's just getting rid of old baggage and finally moving on. It's the final step in him growing as a person that we've seen through all his appearances. Because as Captain America said he HAD never made the "Sacrifice play". Iron Man 3 shows him growing up as a result of it. He doesn't NEED to be a hero now, he simply knows he's one.
One of the film’s most touching moments occurs when Tony’s house is attacked. He summons his current Iron Man armor, and we assume for a moment that he’s calling it to himself. But no, in the split second after the explosion but before his and Pepper’s bodies go crashing into walls, it’s instinctively Pepper’s safety he thinks about.
It’s her he sends the suit to.The film doesn’t make a huge deal out of his instinctive decision here, but it’s marvelously done. And it tells us everything about Tony. He may be a wreck. But he loves Pepper Potts, and he’d rather save her than save himself.In this moment, we know that he’s a hero. For all his bluster, for all his past womanizing, for all his thoughtlessness. It’s Tony who’s the hero. Even if he still has to prove it to himself. I for one love the fact that Pepper’s no traditional damsel in distress. After Tony saves her by putting the armor on her instead of him, she shields him from falling debris, saving his life. She seems as able in Iron Man armor as he is.
She's a real character. Her role in the movie is not to deliever exposition or just suddenly have the ability to teleport to places where she doesn't even need to be, she wasn't useless either because she was the comfort Tony needed since he opened up to her about New York. When Tony was held prisoner by Killian, he told Maya why he prefers Pepper to her. “I get to wake up every morning with someone who still has their soul,” he says. It’s a good line that comments on how Maya’s sold her science to the military-industrial complex and tolerated Killian’s many unethical practices — which include murder and treason. But the line also speaks to what Tony loves about Pepper: that she’s a good person, and he knows this, despite all the flashbulbs and alcohol. But of course, it’s Tony’s soul that ends up getting saved.As the Iron Man suits explode, they recall the fireworks at the beginning of the film, which takes place on the last day of 1999. The Tony Stark of 1999 is a womanizer who sends Killian to the rooftop and never thinks of him again. He’s thoughtless. He’s not very likable. He’s certainly incapable of committing to Pepper Potts.And it’s here that Tony’s personal journey dovetails most completely with the main plot.
To me one of the most complaint about the movie is : People thinking the characters in the film have the same knowledge the audience has, especially knowledge acquired later in the film than the event described. This is most evident when Savin is in the Iron patriot armour and arrives as the president is about to board Air Force one. People are like why didn't they check who's in the armour blah blah. Well why would they do that? Other than Stark and Rhodey himself, no one else can pilot the armour as far as the air force is concerned. The only people who know Savin is in the armour are Stark, Rhodey, The Vice president,Killian and the guys at AIM. Just because we know, doesn't mean all the characters in the film do.
This brings me to Rhodey's role in the film whose role has been called "useless". I respectfully disagree, he wasn't useless at all. Rhodes’ character, mostly a sidekick in previous movies, is the subject of some of Iron Man 3′s most clever material about the War on Terror.Here's why, Killian is clever, he sends it on wild goose chases in the Middle East. He's been given bad intel as to where the Mandarin broadcasts are.Making Rhodes the key to the war against the Mandarin also makes him a symbol in other ways. “Nothing, not your army, not your red, white, and blue attack dog, can save you,” the Mandarin brags in one of his videos, boasting of his ability to evade the U.S. government’s most formidable weapon against him. And Iron Man 3 plays with what Rhodes can do that a drone could not, though it doesn’t say so explicitly. When he’s sent to a location in Pakistan where the Mandarin’s latest broadcast is thought to have originated from, Rhodes finds a group of frightened men who deny any connection to the mysterious terrorist and declines to shoot, avoiding the kind of civilian casualties that might have resulted if the decision to fire was made simply based on the number of bodies visible on a satellite and the determination that those bodies were male. Later, he’s sent to a sweatshop full of women in hijabs. And his armour gets captured and people have complained about that. AIM retrofitted the iron patriot with their own soft ware. They set up a disable temperature that shuts down the armour. That's how that woman shut it down and how Killian was able to force Rhodey out of it.
I have heard a lot of criticisms regarding Tony's suits in this movie. They are too, weak, they're made of paper blah blah. Well first all, the extremis soldiers are completely strong. And if you guys have read the extremis comic, you know that Mallen(who was injected with the extremis virus) took on Iron man toe-to-toe and destroyed his armour and nearly killing Tony. Extremis grants super strength, the ability of heating up and spitting fire.
The melting point of titanium (the main component of the Iron Man armors) melts at 1650 ºC, the Extremis soldiers can heat up to 3000ºC. So yeah, the extremis soldiers can rip apart the suits because of that. Not only that,the soldiers were exploiting weak spots. If you were watching closely, most of the damage they inflict is via limb joints, the face and the chest RT. Even Killian was mostly targeting the chest RT when fighting Tony. The suits being destroyed was also a symbolic way of showing Tony's emergence as the actual Iron Man in the suits. The film was showing that he doesn't need the suits, the suits need him. Which reinforces the fact that they're not strong when Tony is not in the armour. On top of that, the suits were built by a paranoid and mentally ill Stark who hadn't slept for days, so he didn't put enough effort into building them as he has done with the previous armours, he was focused on getting them done and trying to forget about New York.
Tony couldn't access the Iron Legion when he was in Ross Hill because the suits were trapped under the rubble of his house. Jarvis clearly says, "Sir I have an updated from Malibu, the cranes have finally arrived and the cellar doors are being cleared as we speak". yeah so for all the people saying why didn't just call the armours to him and calling it a plot hole, guess what? It's NOT. It's all in the film if you: a) Pay attention and b) think like the characters and realize that what they know is not the same as you know, especially is you're watching the film a second time.The Mark 42 is by far my favourite armour. I don't get all the hate it gets when Jarvis clearly stated that it was a PROTOTYPE. The armour is damn impressive and it can come to him anytime he calls it.
It got him out of all difficult situations from helping him when he was trapped under water to saving the people blown out of Air Force one to helping him fight off Killian's henchmen to blowing up Killian. I think it did quite good despite being a prototype. In order for the individual suit elements to be retrieved, they required a degree of they own power because the suit operated without an arc reactor using electricty instead. That's why Tony was charging it.
The biggest controversy that Iron Man 3 has to offer is the portrayal of Iron Man's arch nemesis The Mandarin. Of course he was not going to be the "Fu Manchu" stereotype that he was in the comics and international politics (as well as film markets) have changed, so changes had to be made: but Black's does take it to extremes as he puts his own spin on the character. Some may call it a clever postmodern twist, subverting conventions about villains and their portrayal in Hollywood film, others will call it a betrayal of one of Marvels most famous villains. If it was Nolan that did this, everyone would be lining up to tell him what a genius he is for 're-imagining' the character. All Shane Black did was exactly what Nolan did for his villains in TDK trilogy:Make them fit the universe of the movie
Because of the change in world politics since Iron Man was first created and the theme about the War of Terror was used in the first film Iron Man. The War of Terror theme has been brought back, The Mandarin acting like an Osama bin Laden like figure but Black and Marvel look at the hypocrisy of terrorist leaders who hides behind their 'ideals' whilst living in comfort and how they would use anything to try to morally justify their actions.
From the trailers, Sir ben Kingsley's portrayal of the Mandarin seemed to me like the typical "I hate America" generic villain. I think the approach they took with the Mandarin worked perfectly because not only did Killian end up being a more than a physical threat for Tony but it added to his intellect, supposedly Tony's greatest asset, yet he was out-smarted every step of the way. This made the Mandarin so much more than a scary guy in a robe, he was a terrifying idea. The very concept of terrorism is real in general, is well, terror. He's not real, it's all all smoke and mirrors but it gives America an obvious and easy to hate villain to take to reponsibility hence why Killian said,"The second you give evil a face, a Bin laden, a Kadafi, a Mandarin, you hand people a target".
The fact that it's Killian who has constructed an image that he KNOWS Americans will be able to hate and fear is quite smart. It was a way of turning something that could have been politically incorrect into something that's making a smart critique on the fear of terror culture with America. Don't judge the bearded, ring wearing Mandarin under the robes that's used to portray him, judge him on the man pulling the strings from behind the shadows.
Killian wasn’t just “upset” at Stark over some minor perceived offense. Killian THANKS STARK and repeatedly tries to get Stark to team up with him — he doesn’t hold a grudge, really, and only tried to kill Stark after Stark directly threatened to attack. But even then, he later keeps Stark alive and offers him a role in helping AGAIN. The importance of Stark dissing Killian in the past wasn’t that it made Killian hate him, that’s just fans totally misunderstanding the point of the scene and thinking it’s always got to be about the villain hating the hero for some simplistic reason. When Stark left Killian alone on that roof, the point is that Killian felt worthless and almost killed himself out of a sense of realization that his death wouldn’t even matter to anybody because nobody even really knew he was alive — but then he had an epiphany that this actually made him a mirror of Stark, an opposite side of the coin, with Stark being so public everybody knew him and targeted him while Killian realized that with anonymity he could accomplish anything so long as he used his anonymity to his advantage the way Stark conversely used his stardom to his advantage. Killian wanted power, he wanted to amass power without ever drawing attention to himself, THAT was his motivation, NOT “I’m gonna get back at Tony Stark for being mean to me once.”
As for Kilian's TRUE motivations? Understanding this is pretty critical to the film. The explanations were in plain sight but not laboriously explained with ham fisted exposition. That's one of the things I liked about this movie. After Kilian forced Rhodey out of the amour, he said,"This time tomorrow I'll have the West's most powerful leader in one hand and the world's most feared terrorist in the other. I'll own the war of terror, create supply and demand". By installing a puppet President, Killian would end up controlling both the US military and their number one enemy.Well, remember that Killian was also controlling America's number one enemy. All he needs to do to get the President on his side is organise another bombing to scare Congress into accepting anything he brings to the table. Killian's experiments with Maya Hansen's Extremis were killing subjects spectacularly. The explosion created did enormous personal and property damage.
To cover up the accidents, Killian created the Mandarin to make the explosions appear planned and part of a larger agenda. Mandarin simply spouted political rhetoric to make it sound like there was a point to what he was doing. The idea was that the Mandarin was such a big, random threat that people would pursue him the way they did bin Laden. This would help keep Extremis under wraps while Killian perfected it. Along the way, he realized that there was huge business to be had if he controlled both the supply and demand for military equipment and enhanced soldiers. A young girl I assumed was the Vice President's granddaughter was missing a limb, so Killian used the promise of a stable Extremis to convince him to go along with the plan to kill the President and take over as President himself, putting the entire country in Killian's pocket.The fact that the vice-president is in league with Killian even hints at how Dick Cheney, who pushed heavily for the Iraq war beginning on 9/11 itself, had been the C.E.O. of Halliburton, which got a lot of those no-bid contracts as part of the War on Terror. True, the vice-president in Iron Man 3 seems to be motivated by the promise that Extremis could heal his handicapped daughter. In real life, government and private industry are a lot more intertwined than even Iron Man 3 dares to depict.
At that point, he'd use that balance of power--of which he controlled both sides--to boost AIM's profits astronomically. When you think about it, it's not all that different from the way corporations and well-funded lobbies (like the NRA) control the country today. Can't understand any of that well, you know how Dick Cheny is considered by some to be the real evil mastermind of the 21st century manufacturing wars and conflict? Just think of Killian as the personification of the military industrial complex idea.
It’s here that Iron Man 3 offers a view of the world — and the War on Terror — that’s not only actually responsible but a major improvement over the previous two films.The War on Terror is big business. It’s led to a tremendous increase in government. (No, not in social services, despite what you’ve heard. In intelligence and in military spending.) But it’s led to an even larger increase in defense contracts, not only for weapons systems but for rudimentary things like transportation, translators, and services like food and laundry — things that the U.S. military used to do for itself.It’s this — the military-industrial complex — that’s the real villain of Iron Man 3. It’s this that Killian represents.
Killian also understands the power of a Satanic figurehead — like bin Laden, or Saddam Hussein, or Manuel Noriega before him — to inspire fear. The Mandarin serves Killian’s purpose brilliantly. He can take credit for accidental explosions, caused by the Extremis process, which thus come to be understood as terrorist attacks instead of corporate accidents. Killian’s master plan is to assassinate the president, thereby having a sympathetic vice-president installed. Obviously, after the assassination of a U.S. president, the U.S. would throw money at everything military on a scale even surpassing the irrational fervor in the wake of 9/11. Companies like AIM would have it made. So he wasn't a NERD out for revenge, rather a guy who wanted money and power. Kiilian's goal wasn't straight weapons manufacturing, it was controlling the corrupt and hypocritical violent society that engulfed the world. There's another reason he used soldier amputees as sunjects- becuase they a direct result of that cruel world.Oh but it's a kids film made by Disney.
Killian is the Mandarin. The movie basically just changed him from being Chinese to being a white guy. And the reason for changing him is brilliant — in the comics, do you know how the Mandarin was originally created? He was created during the Cold War, after the Korean War and during the start of the Vietnamese conflict when the U.S. became gripped with fear that Chinese Communism was going to spread across Asia and take over the world. The paranoia was intense. Mandarin was created as a representation of the country’s fear of the Chinese and of Asian Communism in general, he was a Cold War stereotype basically. So, what did the film do? Had a white man create a fictional foreign stereotype villain to represent the country’s current biggest fears — foreign terrorists.
The Mandarin in the comics was literally created by white men as a representation of people’s fear of a foreign “menace,” and the Mandarin in the movie was created by a white man as a representation of people’s fear of a foreign “menace!” The *actual* Mandarin is also in the film, mind you — Killian is a man who was brilliant but unappreciated and who didn’t have the money or power to achieve his goals and was angry because of it, but who obtains advanced technology and grows in power, a man who becomes strong and superhuman in his abilities, a man obsessed with obtaining power to control the world and obsessed with obtaining technology to achieve his goals. At one point in the comics, the Mandarin carries out some of the same plot as in the film — using Maya to help him make an army of Extremis soliders, while simultaneously building a terrorist army around the world.
"No more false faces. You said you wanted "The Mandarin"… you’re looking right at him. It was always me Tony, right from the start. I am the Mandarin!"
Aldrich Killian IS the Mandarin, something that many fans tend to ignore or outright deny. Accounting for the dissatisfaction from the so-called fans, they tend to use the Joker as an example, such as "what if Joker turned out to be a mascot who’s controlled by a scheming businessman and you say that that guy is the Joker?" Now, that comparison doesn’t actually work because the Joker has had one general consistent and very iconic look to his character: a guy in some purple formal wear, with white skin and green hair that looks like a clown. I can't say the same about the Mandarin. I have yet to see the Mandarin make any sort of impact in the Marvel comics universe. Cartoons, toy makes and writers have always been baffled about how to present him and usually create incarnations of their own. He's portrayed as everything from a sorcerer, to an ancient ghost, to a green-skinned alien, to a business man, to a teenage descendant of Gengis Khan in magic armour. Iron Man 3 isn't doing anything new by doing their own version. In fact, the subject explored in a mini-series a few years ago in which The Mandarin forces a film maker to create a bullshit story about him and the story is all smokes and mirrors and total bullshit. Oh wait...nobody here reads comics. I'll just have to say there's a very good chance Shane Black happened to read that mini-series.So whether you like it or not, Killian IS the Mandarin so..
What many “fans” don’t seem to realize is that Kingsley’s portrayal of the Mandarin is not the ONLY depiction/appearance of the Mandarin within the comics. Lately the Mandarin has actually been portrayed as more of a suave businessman and scientist who manipulates people in the shadows unlike classic iterations of the character (sound familiar to anyone?)
I am happy they did not include the alien rings on the Mandarin. Having them would disrupt the aesthetics that the studio has created for its solo films; allow me to explain. Whenever I see an Iron Man film, I see it with the knowledge that I will see Stark fighting tech-based villains. Or, when I see a Thor film, I know he will be fighting magic-based foes. The focus on the-elements?powers?abilities-of this relationship effects the genre (Iron Man being science fiction, Thor, fantasy.) Disrupting this paradigm would alienate the audiences, and worse, compromise the MCU. Now, the reverse works only in special films that have team ups (a la The Avengers.) Now, don't get me wrong: I have no problem with this in comics or other film adaptations; I would geek out seeing the Hulk take on Galactus, as teased by the Wachowski Brothers. But, when I see the MCU, I have some expectations and I would hate to them have them unfulfilled.
Now, let us pretend that I am wrong, and that for some unimaginable reason, the rings are crucial to creating the definitive Iron Man film. The other problem with using them is that they would take away from the Infinity Gauntlet. The MCU has been slowly building up to an epic confrontation with Thanos. Then, audiences will see something they've never seen before - a hand accessory that can rearrange time, matter, space, and reality.
But, if the rings were introduced, they would take away from the Gauntlet...which, again, would be detrimental. What is special about being able to rearrange matter when the Mandarin has a ring that can do that (And I know, the obvious response is, well, the ring could have the gem inside it! To that, I say...no.) In the comics, the rings, as they are, work fine, but onscreen...they would be terrible. I remember a while back, a poster claimed that each of the rings served as a transponder to the Mandarin's military equipment: each of them controlled a helicopter or something. Now, if that approach had been utilized with the rings, I would be fine with their incorporation, as they would not compromise the aesthetic, genre, and franchise
- Comic Mandarin is a super-humanly skilled martial artist and a mad scientist who schemes to cause World War III so he can rule the ashes. He is extremely athletic and fights with karate chops through his chi powers. His design has Chinese dragon motifs and he has ties with the dragon-like character Fin Fang Foom.
- Aldrich Killian is a superhuman martial artist and a mad scientist who schemes to control and expand the War On Terror so he can profit from the ashes. He is athletic and fights with karate chops through his Extremis abilities. He has dragon tattoos on his chest, in which they are described by director Shane Black as a reference to Fin Fang Foom.
Not so different anymore now, eh? If anything, Killian is actually far closer to the Mandarin than the origin of his own name. You wanted the EPIC fight between Mandarin and Tony? There ya go..
The tone of IM3 was far darker than any other Marvel film, and most of the superhero films in general, despite the humour. It explored a lot of very complex themes without ever resorting to the type of blatant exposition that beat viewers about the head and shoulders with the writers' intent. At its heart, it was a very well-crafted character piece and a deft dissection of our current media-driven culture disguised in a superhero movie. Then people go about and start saying shit like "all Marvel movies are formulaic and safe, they're just popcorn movies, they're not deep or complex, they never do anything new." Well folks, they did all that with IM3 and you guys went apeshit satrting riots and wanting to get Shane Black and Drew Pierce lynched. You fanboys never cease to amaze me. I found it to be a very sharply written and fresh with a dinstinct tone that sets it apart from not only the other MCU films, but from any other superhero film, full stop. The movie used the formula for buddy cop movies, a formula Shane Black invented and perfected in the 80s, which even made the movie better than your average comic book movie, because it steered away from the usual tropes and cliches this genre normally uses. Some people act like if a movie is funny then it can't have character development or deal with complex and serious themes, which is utterly ridiculous.
So fans complain that Marvel controls its films so tightly that the directors are not allowed to be creative and give their own interpretation of the material. Marvel is assumed to be so risk-averse that every aspect of their films are dictated from top to bottom with no room for deviation from the studio's own plans. This is such a commonly expressed opinion that it's pretty much taken as fact. Now in Iron Man 3 we have a film where Marvel clearly gave their full creative freedom to Shane and Drew, allowing them to tell their story their way. This is an example of Marvel taking a big risk (not that they never did before) in developing Tony's character and expanding the scope of his cinematic world. The studio doesn't require Shane to slavishly copy the comics, understanding that any adaptation requires change and innovation. That is something Marvel should be commended for whether or not one thinks the changes are warranted.
Come on people, this is a movie.It doesn't have to be all "dark","realistc" and "brooding" like Nolan's Batman trilogy ( I love TDK trilogy, calm down Nolanites). One of the reasons why The Avengers was a success is because it was a breath of fresh air. It wasn't dark, it was light-hearted and didn't take itself too seriously. The whole "let's make all CBM's dark"(ala TASM) will become boring and repeatitive .At some point people will grow tired of it.
Iron Man 3 was a good balance of action and comedy, it did have dark moments but that didn't dominate throughout the entire movie. The film offers up two eye- popping set pieces. The first sees a daring attack on Air Force One in mid-air, leaving 13 people in free-fall and a truly exhilarating sequence where Iron Man gets to play 'barrel of monkeys' with all of them and guide them to safety. The second is the elaborate and game- changing climax – not only for the fact that it is the first and only time in the whole movie that we see the Iron Legion in action, but Tony jumps from suit to suit in order to fight Killian. That was awesome.
The whole point is that great heroes become better heroes thanks to their weaknesses. The most noticeable thing you would spot here is when Iron Man's armor is keep crashing and falling apart and Tony's anxiety caused by what he did in The Avengers. Heroes DON'T need villains to be heroes. Coulson has a nice quote from the new "Agents of SHIELD" TV series: "I've seen giants. They're not heroes because of what they have, it's what they do with it." The most heroic scene in IM3 has nothing to do with him fighting Killian, or Coldblood, or Brandt, or anybody else: it's when he (phenomenally) scoops up 14 people from a crashing airplane and carries them to safety. That's what heroes do. It's not fighting villains that make them heroes; it's saving lives.
Overall, IM3 is the best superhero movie released since The Avengers. It wonderfully blends experienced, award winning actors with a balanced mix of story and action. The comedy works so well on many levels. There's the "hit you over the head" type humor and then there's the drier, sarcastic comedy that Robert Downey was born to deliver.The cast gave it their best, the visual effects were fantastic and the score was great in my opinion. Everything meshes here for one of the better film going experiences of the year. 8.5/10
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