Iron Man 3, dir. Shane Black (2013)
The third (and final?) addition to the Iron Man series is a great blockbuster to initiate what looks to be a fantastic line up of summer films this year—equipped with trademark Stark-esque wit and one liners, loaded with explosions, and all of Iron Man’s shiny armour glory—but it isn’t quite spectacular. It follows a formulaic superhero narrative and provides just enough character archetypes and development; with (after seeing enough action films) unsurprising surprises that diminish the film’s entertainment to relentless consecutive scenes of fighting, detonations, fires, and… your general wholesome American violence. While in theory that sounds perfect for your typical superhero film, audiences (or more importantly ardent film viewers) have begun to expect a level of emotional sustenance or rewarding moral that speak to them by the end of the film, which Iron Man 3 lacks.
As a final note for a short review: if the film is set in the end of 2012 in the United States of America, WHY IS THE FILM INDUSTRY STILL PORTRAYING THE PRESIDENT AS A WHITE MALE, WHEN THEY CLEARLY HAVE ELECTED A BLACK PRESIDENT AND THEY’VE HAD HILARY CLINTON IN THE RUNNING BEFORE? The whole point of fiction is to imagine what is possible, and at this point in time, there is absolutely no reason for us to be so
racist and sexist close minded anymore about these depictions in films. Casting a Black President will not lose its relevance after Obama ends his Presidency, because this possibility of other skin colours/ethnicities being in positions of power is not temporary. We will only be more progressive in equality and filmmakers/casting directors/the whole industry needs to recognize this and be more cognizant of continuing to diversify when they can.
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