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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 26): Star Trek Into Darkness / Monsters University / Iron Man 3

Continuing a trend tailor-made for the Twitter generation, here are my quick takes on a few recently-watched genre-related films.

My brief thoughts follow…

  • Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) – Since I saw this way past its premiere, the surprise that was supposed to be one, wasn’t. Even so, I don’t think that would have bolstered this film up. It was worth seeing, but didn’t wow me like I was hoping. (And that is the problem with high expectations.)
  • Monsters University (2013) – For a sequel that was released 12 years after the first one, this was suprisingly fun. Sure, the plot was a little pedestrian, but it was great to see the back story of Mike and Scully. And Pixar’s animation is still top notch.
  • Iron Man 3 (2013) – After hearing so many negative things about Iron Man 3, I went in with low expectations. Here’s the benefit of low expectations: I actually enjoyed this film. Tony “Snark” is still a likable character, even though his PTSD seemed like a red herring thrown in for no particular reason.
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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

9 Comments on Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 26): Star Trek Into Darkness / Monsters University / Iron Man 3

  1. Huh, I hadn’t read many negative things about Iron Man 3 myself…I assume Derek didn’t like it, lol! I thought it was great, my favorite of the three thus far.

    I enjoyed the new Star Trek. I wish they hadn’t done a retread of an old story line, but I watch ST for the characters and these actors were as enjoyable recreating the roles as they were in the first one. Hopefully they’ll be more creative with the next story though. I think your rating is pretty fair.

  2. Yeah, me as well, I’ve heard nothing but good things about IM3, and I thought it was leaps and bounds better than the second one.

  3. Sorry, John. Cookie Monster vehemently disagrees with your Iron Man 3 review:

    “Dis would have been a great movie if it had been half an hour shorter. And made a lick of sense. ”

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