Friday, May 17, 2013

Iron Man 3 vs Star Trek: Into Darkness

      So I've been busy over the past couple of weeks watching new movies. I spent money, some of which I do regret, those large buckets of popcorn are a doosie.

       But I have seen two blockbusters, and I have to say, one was much better then the other. Last week I saw Iron Man 3, and let me tell you, it was awesome! The visuals, the script, the acting, the Mandarin, holy cow! It was one wild ride! In this Iron Man, Tony Stark is still reeling from what happened to him in The Avengers; what with Aliens, and SHEILD, and gods and stuff, I don't know, I haven't seen it yet (and this is important... I'll get back to that) But he's not the same confident and cocky Tony from the first or second Iron Man, he's plagued by anxiety attacks and something akin to PTSD, which he tries to deal with the entire movie, that's just one of the reasons why I liked it so much. Tony isn't the cocky SOB that we have seen in the past, he has problems, and because of them, he tries to hide behind his Iron Man armor. If you can make a super hero flawed like this, and make it work, you've got yourself a movie, and a damn good one too. Not to mention the twists, which were not at all predictable. Usually the third movie of anything isn't as good as the first, but this one was just as good maybe better.

      Now, Star Trek: Into Darkness. I was unimpressed. The visuals were cool, the plot was cool, the rest of it could have used some work. I felt lost through-out the entire movie. I didn't really understand what was going on in the first few minutes of it, because it felt like the writers were assuming that you'd seen the first movie, which I had not seen. So while everybody in the theater was laughing at stuff, I was sitting there like a wierdo with a dumb look on my face. Second, you could see a lot of the twists in the movie coming a mile away, and it just didn't feel the same or have me at the edge of my seat like Iron Man 3 did the entire time.

      So as I mentioned before, I hadn't seen either the Avengers movie or the first Star Trek, and I think that this is also important. In Iron Man 3, the movie stood alone from the Avengers movie, and the first two Iron Man movies too. You could walk in there, not know a thing about the previous movies, and still enjoy yourself. However, I felt lost in Star Trek, which didn't help, because I couldn't enjoy myself. I didn't understand why certain things were happening and why people were laughing when they were. It didn't stand alone from the first movie, which I think was kind of a bummer. It wasn't really original, and it wasn't all that great of a movie. I think it's also important to mention that on the drive home from Star Trek, my dad, my brother and I weren't talking about how great Star Trek was, but how cool Iron Man 3 was, a movie we had seen a week previous. Star Trek just didn't stick with me like Iron Man did, and good movies stick with you.

      All in all, Iron Man 3 was a trip and Star Trek was just another movie I saw. If you had to choose between one or the other, go see Iron Man, Star Trek can wait.