So 2012 was a good year for cinema and my 2012 film rankings turned out pretty well with a good mix of films. I will do the same for 2013 and review my top ten at the end of the year!
- Iron Man 3
- Zero Dark Thirty
- Django Unchained
- Olympus Has Fallen
- I Give It A Year
- Les Misérables
- Side Effects
- Wreck It Ralph
- Gangster Squad
Iron Man 3 is the third instalment in Marvel’s Iron Man franchise and see’s Robert Downey return as Iron Man alongside Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts and Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin. This film follows on from The Avengers as we see Tony Stark struggle with life after New York. Then, Stark’s world is turned upside down even more when terrorist The Mandarin destroys what he knows. Tony Stark then embarks on a journey to find his newest enemy as he seeks retribution.
I think it is safe to say that this film is the best film of the franchise. We see a completely different side to Tony Stark as we see him vulnerable and afraid instead of just cocky and humorous. The character builds perfectly from the start of the film and he goes full circle by the end of the film. Everything is spread out perfectly as well. There isn’t too much action at the end and not enough at the start. It doesn’t slow down anywhere in particular and everything flows really well. Robert Downey Jr is on form as ever as Tony Stark and as well as pulling off the vulnerable side of Stark, the comic side comes through perfectly. Ben Kingsley is great as The Mandarin and he is perfect for the role that he plays.
There isn’t anything majorly wrong with Iron Man 3 but there are little things that I think could have been done differently. For example, I didn’t really see the need for the War Machine/Iron Patriot character as to me, which is what Iron Man is/was for. I don’t really want to say too much and give anything away (which is hard) but the end fight sequence, even though it is good could be seen to have some pointless elements to it.
Like I said, I do think this is the better of the three films and it does follow on nicely from The Avengers and does bring the franchise full circle. If they where to do another film, then I’m not too sure where they could go with it as this one ends perfectly. Also, remember to stay through the credits to see the extra scene, which again gives a good nod to other Marvel films.
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Olympus Has Fallen is an action packed thriller starring Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman and Aaron Eckheart. When the White House is under attack from terrorists, former disgraced Presidential Guard Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) finds himself trapped inside. Using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the kidnapped President (Aaron Eckheart).
Olympus Has Fallen is exactly what you expect it to be from the trailers and adverts that we have been presented with it. It is full on action with a simple story. The characters are easy to follow and the build up of Gerard Butler’s character is well done from the start of the film.
The film doesn’t take itself too seriously either, it knows it is not an amazing film and therefore give you some laughs here and there to keep you entertained. There are some brilliant one-liners from Gerard Butler and these make the film even better. The cast are also really good. I particularly like Gerard Butler in these types of roles because I think he is a great action leading man. Morgan Freeman is also great as the acting president and brings another form of like ability to the film.
There are no major downsides to this film because like I said, it doesn’t try to be something else and it gives you what you want. In terms of character, there are some flaws. Gerard Butler is playing an American character but his Scottish accent does come through every now and again. Also, it seems highly unlikely that a terrorist could go undetected by just wearing glasses.
I can’t really say anything bad about this film because I did enjoy it because it gave me exactly what I wanted. I wanted action, explosions, drama, suspense and a resolution and that is what I got. Olympus Has Fall is simply a good film to go and watch if you just want a good night out at the cinema.
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