I don't know that I'd call it "racist" as much as just ignorant. As mentioned, the Mandarin is a very Fu-Manchu "Yellow Peril/Mongol Horde" villain and always has been. I thought they did a decent enough job to get away from that (even if he didn't get quite as much screen time as some would like).I thought it was a good movie until I'd read something on the IMDb formus that critized the protrayals of Asains in the movie as racist. I don't know that they're blowing something out of proportions or might be on to something. If it is the latter, then I regret watching it.
Maybe I got suckered into the explanation by the creative team but I actually liked the fact that this was something Tony was working on before he was caputred. It actually works for how he was portrayed in the movie. Plus it added some natural tension between him and Rhodey and worked to get him out of capitivity sooner (which would have dragged on forever if that was his first suit). Why would it have been better if he never built a suit before?As others have mentioned, the whole "I built lots of armors before this" seemed more like an expedient way to get more suits in quickly rather than something natural.
I'm not sure how it is in China but there are a lot of people in the United States with two "first" names. Not that it makes it right for a fictional character, but it's at least a possibility. For example: "Peter Parker", "Jeff George", or "Andy Dick". (Sorry about that last one but you get the idea.)The other one, which is really a minor quibble, is that "Wong Chu" sounds like a totally bogus, made up name. They call him "Mr. Chu" in a few parts, which is backwards (Chinese names go last-name first, so "Chow Yun Fat" is "Mr. Chow," not "Mr. Fat"), and the whole thing sounds more like 2 last names strung together. It's like naming a character "Roberts Clooney" -- it just sounds weird.
I think you are reading too much into it. I never got the impression that "all magic is evil" from this film. Nor did I get the impression that they were saying China was all about magic while the West was all about technology. The Mandarin was magic; Tony Stark was technology. The fact that the two of them battled was not meant as an absolute for either culture. Also, it wasn't technology that defeated The Mandarin in the end anyways; it was the girl's strength of character and perhaps her own "good" magic, if you will.Beyond that, there's the usual nonsense about how Chinese are mystical and magical, while Westerners are technological. If you want to push it, what kind of message is it sending that the magic is all evil and the West's technology ultimately triumphs over the Chinese magic? However, I don't want to push it because I don't think it's worth it and I certainly don't think there was any conscious intent there. I think they just wanted to tell a good action story to sell DVDs, and I think they mostly succeeded at it.
I agree with that, especially the aerial shots and Tony calling himself Iron Man and deciding to be a hero or something along those lines.I would have liked a few aerial shots of Iron Man to cap off the film (like the Spidey films, or the Superman movies), and the happy ending with his father seemed way too neat and tidy. After all the conflict between Tony and Howard in the film, it just seemed too 'happily ever after'. I did like it when Howard told the guy with the stopwatch to shut up though.
I liked the twist that she was the Mandarin's descendant, but then some of her motivation doesn't make much sense.I also thought it was kind of retarded how that girl was all like "It's my destiny" and crap up until she summoned Mandarin, and then after she summoned Mandarin, for no reason, she decided to turn on him. I mean, earlier she had told Iron Man that he would die, so it makes no sense that later on she wouldn't be willing to sacrifice him. Though, to be honest her whole motivation throughout the movie didn't make much sense to me.
Yeah, Rhodey should have been War Machine. Tony should have given him the armour to help him fight the Mandrian.I bought the DVD as well and have watched it twice so far. I probably will watch parts of it again but the beginning is extremely slow. As everyone else has mentioned, Mandarin needed to be in it for more than five minutes. Rhodey was kind of boring in it, too. I previously posted that Rhodey should have showed up in the end as War Machine.
I've never seen the Iron Man television series. I'd give it a try if they would ever release the DVD.
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