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Various Iron Man 3 Thoughts

I still have a Thing for Tony Stark.

I find the character of Pepper interesting:  she's presented as both enormously capable and enormously controlled.  Her first line after she walks out of the fire and takes out Alger Hiss (or whatever his name was) is "That was so violent!"  I wonder whether we're supposed to infer that a furious Pepper, letting out rage at how she's been treated, at everything that's happened, might not incinerate the surroundings even without having had the full Extremis treatment.

I am willing to believe that Pepper boxes to keep fit.  Maybe I'm just projecting, but I don't think anybody can be as Type A and as controlled as Pepper is without having some way to unleash her feelings.

I wonder if - apart from the historical accident of her being played by Gwyneth Paltrow - Pepper is meant to be the perfect modern business woman:  whippet-thin, dressed immaculately in well-fitted pale neutrals, hair pulled sleekly behind her head.  Is Pepper a person?  And is she a person in the script?

I like Paltrow, although I seem to be the only person in North America who does.  I imagine I would have liked Marie Antoinette, too.  And:  she really can act.  Her range may not be that great, and she may not show much interest in extending it, but she's a game girl.  She's willing to get dirty.

Extremis - that was the drug's name, wasn't it?  I could be wrong - is a terrible name for a drug.  Might as well call it Agonistes.



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May. 5th, 2013 02:30 am (UTC)
I adore Gwyneth Paltrow. And I like her as Pepper. She makes her something more. And the story my daughter got out of it is that sometimes, the girl gets to be an even bigger hero than the actual Hero.
May. 5th, 2013 11:22 am (UTC)
I agree. I'm self-conscious about liking Paltrow, but I do like her a lot. And I think (but didn't convey very well) that I think she does a great job as Pepper, makes her more than just a pretty face.

I was impressed, as well, with the character of the bereaved mother in Tennessee (Mrs. Baker?) She kept her head, slid the file under the table where Tony could go back and get it, and got out of there.

I do feel that Pepper sets an impossible standard for women to meet, with her perfect control. But I think Paltrow shows that maintaining that control is *hard* for Pepper. And that Tony is a continual challenge to her peace of mind: all is not necessarily always forgiven.

I love those two.
May. 5th, 2013 05:18 pm (UTC)
The bereaved mother was perfection. Also, Ben Kingsley? OMG! That had to have been so bloody much fun.
May. 5th, 2013 06:14 pm (UTC)
Yes! And the advance press was quite true: Kingsley *DID* play the Mandarin, global terrorist! The Mandarin not being what he seemed was kept very quiet!

I did not recognize Guy Pearce. I kept thinking he was Sam Rockwell, and then that that couldn't be right, since Rockwell was in Iron Man 2. And I was a fan of Pearce's early work. Maybe it was because Aldrich Killian (I looked it up), the first time we saw him, looked passably like Rockwell's Zaphod Beeblebrox. (Also like Warren Zevon and like a couple of guys I knew in high school.)

"Aldrich Killian" --> eldritch killing?

S. pointed out that one of the people Tony breezes by in the 1999 scene is the doctor whom he's imprisoned with in Iron Man 1.
May. 5th, 2013 03:22 am (UTC)
I loved the fact that she took down the bad guy at the end. I also loved that she was kind of freaked out about it and really didn't want to be a superhero. That's not who she is, and you know what? That's just fine. As Tony said, she was perfect before.
May. 5th, 2013 11:26 am (UTC)
I loved the fact that she took down the bad guy at the end. I also loved that she was kind of freaked out about it and really didn't want to be a superhero.

Yes! And I also wonder whether, now that she's been treated with Extremis, she's less vulnerable, less of a source of anxiety for Tony. He said he "made her better", but does that mean that she no longer can regenerate, or just that she's no longer vulnerable to overheating?

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