So last night I was Ironman 3 at 10:40 and left at around 1 in the morning.
The movie was directed by Shane Black, the same director from the 80's hits Lethal Weapon 1 and 2. And for the most part the movie was good. The fight scenes we were presented in a fashion with appropriate emphasis given to the opposing sides unlike in Ironman 2.
However, I can't help but feel the director fell back on his experiences with his buddy cop movies rather than explore the action you could have from this science fiction franchise. There was plenty of humor to be found within the characters, but that humor could quickly cut into a very serious scene.
It's great and all that they brought focus to the human elements in Tony Stark's character, but at the end of the day the fans came to see suit fights. Do you remember the scene in the trailer with all of those suits? Bitchin right? Well, when I finally got to see that scene, the lighting was so poor I couldn't make out ANY of the suits.
The climax takes place on a freighter, JUST LIKE LETHAL WEAPON 2!
Who's fighting the bad guys? Trained and stable black guy with unstable white guy who often finds himself getting tortured. JUST LIKE LETHAL WEAPON! (That point is a little more coincidental)
I'm not saying this was a bad movie, I'm saying it's a misleading movie with comedy that over powers the tragedy.