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Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

We saw Iron Man 3 a couple weekends ago now, and I loved it!  I wanted to watch it again as soon as it was over. I think Robert Downey, Jr. is just about perfect as Iron Man.  As one reviewer put it, he can somehow make Tony Stark lovable, even as he’s being a total jerk. His comic timing is perfect as well.I loved the new abilities of the suit, too. And I liked the reversal in the story, where Tony had to spend some time all on his own, with nothing but his ingenuity and a newfound friend. Kinda like in the first Iron Man.

The villains, of course, are always horrible. But this time, I kept thinking the guy was familar, and where had I seen him before?Not until the credits rolled did I figure it out: Guy Pearce. Of course. How could I not have recognized him? I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched The Count of Monte Cristo — of course, I’m admittedly paying more attention to Jim Caviezel when I’m watching, but still…

What’s interesting to me is that even though I thoroughly enjoyed it, I’m finding I don’t have a lot to say about it. Which echoes what I read in another review — it was like taking a really cool, really long ride at Universal Studios.  Fun, exciting, thrilling, visually captivating, but when you’re done… well, it’s over.

And no annoying theme song to haunt you for months after as happens if one rides Disneyland’s It’s a Small, Small World, too many times.  (I know whereof I speak. When my son was very young and we were homeschooling, we went to Disneyland in the off season. Star Wars was closed but Small World was not. In fact, there were so few people on it, that when my son asked to do it again, the operator let us. And then again. And again… And again…

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Jim Caviezel

I’ve been watching Person of Interest, mostly because it has Jim Caviezel in it. I wasn’t sure from the trailers if I was going to like it, wasn’t even sure after the first episode or so, but the more I watch it, the better I like it.

I loved Caviezel in Frequency and The Count of Monte Cristo, and was blown away by his portrayal in The Passion of the Christ. Of all the movie Jesus’s I’ve seen, his version is the closest to right on for me (except for the long hair, but that’s church tradition so I can live with it). Anyway, when I saw him in Person of Interest, standing amongst the crowds of people milling around him, I was struck by his height. I didn’t think, from the other movies that he was particularly tall, but standing on the sidewalk he seemed head and shoulders above the others.

So I looked him  up on Wikipedia and found out he’s 6′ 2, started out playing basketball in college and is Catholic, like Mel Gibson. I also found a very interesting article on him in the Huffington Post called “Rejected by my own industry” wherein he affirms what Gibson had warned him about when he was offered the role of Christ — that is, that he’d never work in Hollywood again. As we all know, he took the role anyway because, as he says in the article, “Mel, this is what I believe. And we all have our crosses to bear…”

Well, Mel was almost right — it’s been quite awhile since Passion, and Caviezel’s not been seen in anything else out of Hollywood. I can understand it even apart from the bias and antagonism… the role was so powerful, so memorable, so Everywhere, that it could be hard to separate him from it when and if he were to play someone else. Person of Interest has been a good vehicle to start anew because the John Reese character is very different from Christ and yet… a savior in his own way.

It’s an interesting article, not just for what it says about Caviezel, but for the astonishing arrogance and hatred manifested in some of the comments. They are so intense they just seem off the wall, but also stand as evidence of the kingdom of darkness’ hatred of our Lord.  Which is also demonstrated by a reference in the Wikipedia article to a motorcycle accident Caviezel suffered when someone threw a bicycle in his path…


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