But, I just felt it lacked something. There were amazing visual effects and acting, but the overall story didn't really seem to come together. The idea of Extremis is a wonderful one and in the comic book story by Warren Ellis, Stark is forced to inject himself with the Extremis virus so that he can keep up. But, in this film, Stark doesn't really deal with this technology at all and sends all his old school tech at it, rather than trying to understand it. And that's exactly where I felt the story missed the mark. Stark was not an innovator in this movie. He's forced to react, but he never gets out of that reaction mode to really deal with the situation.I think I would have like to have had Stark see beyond this threat and see the next level of technology, to adapt and change and surpass. That's what Stark is, he's an innovator continually improving and changing.
And there was a plot twist, a cleaver one, but a deceitful one that I think will disappoint hardcore Iron Man fans. It won't matter to the casual fans or the non-comic book fans, but I found it disappointing.
The acting was great all around and the visual effects were stunning. There were several moments where I sat up in my seat to take it all in. Unfortunately, the trailers robbed a bit momentum from the film.
6.5 Shellheads out of 10