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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Iron Man risks his life to save the lives of mankind, and he teams up with others for help. Also, somewhere in this muddled mess is a message about how important the love of a father can be in shaping a child's values.
Positive Role Models
Tony Stark/Iron Man is a wisecracker with an attitude (and also, it's implied, a drinker and a womanizer), but when it comes down to the wire, he really steps up and does the right thing. He sets aside his personal desires for the betterment of all.
Violence & Scariness
The movie features fairly strong comic book violence, with lots of fighting, shooting, explosions, and threats of taking over the world. One main character appears to die. (He is shown with shards of glass sticking out of his face.) The villain's arm is severed, with no blood shown. A character is stabbed in the chest during the final showdown. The bad guy evolves into a scary monster.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Pepper Potts is shown in a bikini. She and Tony Stark flirt a little from time to time and kiss at the end.
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Language includes two uses of "s--t," and two uses of "bastard," in addition to uses of "damn," "hell," and "crap." "For God's sake" is also used.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
It is mentioned jokingly that Tony Stark may have been drinking too much the night before, but nothing is shown, and nothing comes of this remark.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Iron Man: Rise of Technovore is a direct-to-video animated superhero film, linked to the theatrical release of Iron Man 3. It is filled with cartoon violence, fighting, shooting, chasing, explosions, and attempts to take over the world. Language includes a couple of uses of "s--t" and "bastard." And Iron Man shares a kiss with his girlfriend, Pepper Potts, who is shown in a bikini. There are also jokes about Tony Stark's drinking and womanizing. The video was produced in Japan, and Japanese is the default language on the DVD; U.S. viewers who wish to view the film in English must choose it from the menu. The DVD also contains trailers at startup for more violent video games and movies. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
IRON MAN: RISE OF TECHNOVORE was produced in Japan and plays more like a violent, complex anime than a standard American superhero movie. Director Hiroshi Hamazaki was a veteran animator on well-known classics like Ninja Scroll, Metropolis, and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. Unfortunately, the hybrid really doesn't work.
The filmmakers vainly attempt to re-capture some of the character banter from the live-action Iron Man movies, but can't re-create the energy and chemistry of Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, etc. Moreover, the plot is highly convoluted. When the characters aren't attempting to make wisecracks or trying to explain the plot to each other, the movie focuses on explosive battle sequences. The finale has Iron Man facing a giant, mutated villain, struggling to find logical ways to attack. Sadly, it barely makes sense.
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