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Iron Man 3 (2013)
A Good Recovery From Iron Man 2, Overall Very Good Film
I saw this film tonight at the cinema and it was a very good film indeed. The film, on a basic level, was action-packed, straight-to-the- point, incredibly comical and easy to understand and follow. It also featured a cast of brilliant and talented actors like Downey Jnr, Paltrow, Cheadle, Pearce and Kingsley.
The camera direction was perfect for the kind of film - it didn't follow any grandeur or sophisticated style but was perfect for retaining the straight-to-the-point focus of the film; that is a superhero film designed to be action-packed and enjoyable. The script was varied. Some parts were brilliant, Downey Jnr and Kingsley's dialogue in particular. It was, at it's heart, the very essence of a superhero film. However, the script did seemed rush at some parts and felt undeveloped, focusing more on comedy and context.
Although, at many times, the film was predictable, the film genuinely has you on the edge of your seat - it keep suspense and contains all the features of a Hollywood blockbuster.
Also, the soundtrack was the only major problem I had with the film. The soundtrack matched the style of the film, but felt very much pointless and lacklustre - once again, ripping off the booming Inception Zimmer soundtrack, but it is a trait many films do nowadays and forgiveness is debatable.
Overall, the film was very good in terms of it's raw superhero- orientated plot and storyline; yet felt unfinished or undeveloped, as if something more was supposed to be there.
Utopia: Episode #1.1 (2013)
Something different, something good...
It's nice to see Channel 4 do something different other than controversial documentaries and reruns, a professional and niche programme that appears to be a larger than what we expect. I can happily say that I wasn't disappointed, this start to the series was a great window into the minds and construct of the Utopia universe. The beginning was very good in particular, showing a rather unusual comical but critical twist to a somewhat exhausted television genre of apeshit thrillers and crime. This new and inviting show makes underground British society look like Shameless-cum-No Country For Old Men. A dark and ambiguous atmosphere that, if I'm not mistaking, has many connotations to colour in this graphic novel-based thriller drama as if a British 'Unbreakable' but without the pseudo-superhumans. Overall, it was brilliant and subtly mastered - but I have yet to see it in its entirety.