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I saw it today. It wasn't nearly as good as I thought it would be, but it was all right.

I can't completely knock a movie that features an engineer and roboticist as a hero. Also, the character arc is well-meaning, if predictable.

I guess my main problem with it was that Tony Stark seemed near invincible, even without the damn suit. He plummets from the sky and lands without a scratch. He smashes into brick walls (without a suit on) and doesn't get a scratch. The bad guy also plummets from the stratosphere and (unexplicably) lands without a scratch. Third world bit actors can be killed by normal means, but apparently the only way to kill white people in this movie is by infusing them with 3 million gigawatts of electricity.

So even though some of the action sequences were technically pretty good (although there weren't nearly enough of them, and the last one was too dark to follow the action well), there was very little tension. When Spider-Man fought the Green Goblin or Doc Octopus, I felt like he was actually taking punches and that his life was in danger. I never worried for Tony Stark because he pretty much seemed invincible.

So...it was okay. Maybe a 3.5 out of 5, but not nearly as good as the reviews are making out.


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