I honestly didn’t want to write a review, but I feel I have to given the blog. This is going to be short, general and as spoiler-free as I can make it. The movie has only been out two days and a lot of people have still to see it. I may write a more in-depth on later, but I doubt it because the sum of my feelings is that this was a giant misstep.
Obviously, given its Rotten Tomatoes rating, reviews of other people I trust and the financial windfall it will gain, that’s a minority report. I felt this film was, by far, the worst of the seven MCU films. It is, for me, the only film that failed in its overall mission. I thought the plot was bloated, wildly indulgent and all over the map. The film clearly missed Jon Favreau in the director’s chair. The only pieces that felt like they had investment from anyone on set were the heavy F/X pieces. There has been a lot of speculation about whether Robert Downey Jr. will continue in the role. I think he barely showed up this time. Everyone seemed to be sleepwalking through this. The film did not seem to fit within the MCU. Stark seemed out of character. When I walk out of the movie thinking that I would have liked Tony and Harley in Tennessee for two hours more than that, we have a problem.
The strength of the MCU films has been a deep reverence for and adherence to source material and respect for these characters as grounded in a Modern Marvel-esque reality. I can’t go into details without blowing some of the film, but this was not adhered to in the film. This felt like an early FOX Marvel film, not the quality we’ve been getting.
I’m truly saddened and depressed by it. I feel like I did about Pixar after I saw Cars 2. Something that was spot on and perfect, isn’t anymore. I really have no desire to see this again. I hope Thor puts us back on track.