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This is a good movie in a lot of directions. There's so much here. I especially love the whole pervasive theme of identity vs. tool, and how many different aspects of the movie it touches. Tony, obviously, as Iron Man and as the mechanic, two subtly different identities. And whether Iron Man and the suits are tools -- and what kind of tools. His suits as extensions of himeslf. His suits as tools of distraction, what he does instead of dealing. And the suits being used in so many different ways, by so many different people (to save, to imprison, used in partial configurations as armor or weapons or to be two places at once, suits that become an army...) And then of course the whole Manadarin thing is about identity being used as a tool. War Machine vs. Iron Patriot: identity. Even that little kid and his "I'm cold" manipulation is about identity. Tony's biggest fan, the guy with the tattoo: identity. Maya wondering how she got where she is: identity corrupted in service of a tool. Maya is such a wasted character. She's so interesting, I want to see more.

But I absolutely hate Aldrich Killian, even more this time. I hate him for being boring and stupid. It's worse when you already know the twists, because then you don't even have that to surprise you, and you're left with Killian the generic villain. He's the kind of guy who shoots someone he's been working with for over ten years because she's annoying him at that moment, and then makes a stupid quip about it. He's the kind of guy who wants to have power and will do anything to get it, but doesn't seem to have anything he wants to do with that power. The only character parts he has are done much better in The Incredibles.

Date: 2014-01-09 06:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] quarter_to_five
I didn't love the movie (I've never loved a superhero movie. It is not to be,) but I was intrigued by the way the suit/s were used in it - falling apart and coalescing and falling apart again, something to break down and be dragged around and stolen and borrowed. That was interesting.

Also, I maintain the kid was a figment of his imagination, a manifestation of his guilt and abandoned responsibility, like a talking animal/statue/crockery companion in a Disney movie.

Date: 2014-01-09 10:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] quarter_to_five
It's pretty convenient when a figment can tell you things you don't know, like the bar where the person you're looking for hangs out.

He does the legwork and works it out himself in a fugue state. He projects his own scrappiness, resourcefulness and need to create onto the kid. Or something. I just can't stand moppety kids.

Not sure about all of them, but Quasi-Modo's statues and Belle's kitchenware I think can be interpreted as them basically going mad from loneliness. I don't remember if any of the teapots and things ever do anything plot-significant in Beauty and the Beast, but i'm almost certain the gargoyles never interact with anyone but Quasi in Hunchback.

Date: 2014-01-10 02:37 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rahirah
Heh. The first time we saw this movie, we were going "Watch out, Tony! You're creating SYNDROME!" all through the first scene. In general I really like this one, but yeah, lacking in the villain department.


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