WhiteBoy wrote:I was kinda meh on it. It was funny, and it was nice to have a twist. But I have to say I kinda saw it coming.
You saw it coming?? What were the clues? I was very surprised and a bit confused by the odd choice. I've since learned it may have been motivated by a desire to distance the movie from the concept of The Mandarin, which was thought by some of those in the creative process to be a racist character concept.
I would have preferred they re-imagine the character but still keep him the main villain than to pull his teeth out like they did. But it didn't bother me so much as confuse me as a story choice. And even though Ben Kingsly did a great job with the comedy, I felt the movie already had plenty of comedic elements. I would have liked The Mandarin to remain threatening.
I also googled the Killian character and learned that in the comics he was nothing more than a lab guy who ended up killing himself. Not a villain or anyone very special. Just a dude. So making him the "big bad" is yet another strange choice.
In the end though, the sum of all the strange choices in Iron Man 3 didn't hurt the movie much for me. The rest of the production rose well above those odd choices for me.