Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3 was great and there are several reasons why. It’s a great action flick, it has great humor, a fantastic plot, and does what the others have done so well, just better. Everything the second did wrong, it corrected. Everything the first did, it improved upon. I don’t know if I’m willing to say it was better than Avengers, but it was certainly close.

And while there is a lot to this movie, what I want to discuss is the twist. It’s not really a review. If you want a review, well, it’s great, go see it. Done. If you don’t want to know anymore, don’t read any further.

Really, don’t.

Everyone who hasn’t seen it, just to make sure, you’re gone, right? Cool.

Anyway, so it turns out the Mandarin is a fake and Guy Pierce’s character is running everything as a puppetmaster behind the scenes, using his own custom designed Bin Laden as a scapegoat for everything he’s doing. It’s a good, imaginative plot, but there are two things I really love about it.

One, it’s ambitious as hell. Imagine if the Joker from the Dark Knight had been fake and all a part of Harvey Dent’s plan to become Mayor. That probably wouldn’t have been as good in that case, but that’s the extreme they went to. They took the single largest villain from the Iron Man universe and did away with him. And they did a really, really good job of replacing him with an interesting villain of their own design.

And that brings me to the second part. They didn’t half ass it. The marketing was all about Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin. Even if you watched the trailers multiple times, you barely even see Guy Pierce. They chose a triple A actor to play a character that isn’t a big deal and then they did what no one in Hollywood is willing to do. They cut the trailers so it would appear as something other than what it was.

And then we fell for it.

They do that all the time, but usually it’s to make a crap movie look good. They made a great movie look just good. It was a big risk, but well worth it and I am just so impressed that they had to good judgement to not give it away in the advertising.

It’s something I’d like to see more of in Hollywood.

Story Arcs Has Moved Here!

I have a post up on the old Story Arcs announcing this, but I had a lot more to say and thought it really needed to be here.

About a year or so ago I created my first blog (actually my second or third, but the first I really kept up with) for the purpose of looking at several topics. First and foremost, writing. I am a writer and aspiring author. I have one book completed and the second well on its way. I wrote about several things in the publishing industry (as I learned them) as well as the various things I love about Fantasy and Science Fiction. I also write about games, movies, shows, anything that peaks my interest.

This new site will follow that same format for the most part. The blog is still dedicated to all those nerd habits, but I also intend it to be a personal website once I know more about which path to publishing I take.

As I said in that post on the old Story Arcs site, a lot has happened. What?

  • Learning more and more about publishing, both self and traditional, to the point that my old Self vs Traditional publishing page is incredibly incomplete.
  • Iron Man 3 and Star Trek: Into Darkness (Which will get their own posts, believe me)
  • BioShock 3 (Same here)
  • Oodles and oodles of other games and movies I’ve just now caught up on, gotten interested in, rediscovered, or been assaulted by.

Anyway, I am looking forward to getting back in the swing of things. Also, if anyone has any comments on the new design, please let me know. I have had to educate myself on the various aspects of having a hosted website, wordpress, themes, etc. It came out better than I expected, but then I’m biased.

Thanks!