Three summer movie reviews: Ironman 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, & The Great Gatsby

It’s the beginning of summer, which means all the good, heavily advertised movies are coming out. I present to you three reviews of three blockbusters I’ve seen in the past month. All of them are based on books/TV shows/comics, and I haven’t seen or read any original incarnations, just FYI.

1. Ironman 3

Who doesn’t like Tony Stark? His witty comments pretty much carry the movies, and this one is no exception. I actually liked it more than the previous Ironman movies though because this one focused primarily on Tony’s character rather than Ironman. I prefer that, since I’m not a Marvel reader, but I’m sure some comic book fans were annoyed.

Cool special effects abounded, with one particularly fun explosion scene that was in super slow motion.


Of course, there were some inappropriate comments and scantily clad women. But what do you expect from this franchise?

There was a darker side to this film, also. The villain strikes and acts as a terrorist, which should feel relevant to a nation that just experienced tragedies like Sandy Hook and the Boston marathon. But (spoiler alert, in case you didn’t already know this would happen) good triumphs, and we can leave the theater feeling good.
3/5 stars
2. The Great Gatsby

I’ve never read this, so there’s that disclaimer. I primarily wanted to see this movie because the previews made it look visually spectacular, and that is was. The colors, costumes and cinematography were beautiful. Leonardo DiCaprio and Carrie Mulligan were fantastic. The soundtrack was excellent.

That being said, this is a dark story. There’s excessive partying, drinking, sex and general immorality. But unlike many modern movies, these actions have consequences.


It was actually a pretty deep film. For example, there was one particular moment that I found really sad and poignant. Near the beginning, Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan), who acts like a silly and ditzy blond the whole film, has one sober moment and tells her cousin, Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) that she hopes her daughter will grow up to be a fool, because that’s the only way a woman can be loved or fit in. And for the rest of the film, the women all play that part, but you always wondered if Daisy was just trapped into that role. I was glad the director put that in, and I’m sure it’s also in the book.

This definitely isn’t for immature audiences, but I actually really appreciated the story. It was sad, but it was much more realistic than any other movie out there that glorifies partying and immorality.
3. Star Trek Into Darkness

I saved the best for last. I’ve never seen the Star Trek show, but I have seen the first newer movie with Chris Pine and enjoyed it. This movie, however, was much better than the first one. It never felt slow like the first one. There was pretty much nonstop action, and the interaction between characters, particularly Captain Kirk and Spock, was great.
The character exhibited some very noble qualities too, like self sacrifice and love and friendship. Visually, it was excellent.

My favorite part, though, was Benedict Cumberbatch (I probably butchered that spelling), star of the BBC show Sherlock, as the bad guy. I won’t say what part he plays, because apparently that’s a big spoiler for fans of the show, but he was awesome. If you haven’t seen Sherlock, you probably won’t appreciate it as much, but I loved it.

This was, unexpectedly, the best movie I’ve seen all year.
4/5 stars