Tuesday, 21 January 2014

2013: MOST NAUSEATING - THE VIOLENCE IN IRON MAN 3


Iron Man 3 was a pretty darn good superhero blockbuster. It rly was. I had a lot of fun watching it. But its violent streak was far from fun, though not for the violence itself, but for the subtext surrounding that violence. Unlike previous superhero movies, Iron Man 3 posited an argument that violence is, indeed, the answer, that it is not something which ought to be tightly contained and controlled, and that the wholesale annihilation of the enemy is the most effective mean of dealing with the threat they pose. Otherwise, this is genuinely an extremely good film, but this particularly nauseating aspect of Iron Man 3 proper rubbed me up the wrong way, especially in its calamitous climactic sequence.