|Yes, this was for the French release. So sue me...|
I've been saying this a lot, but, while Iron Man 2 wasn't cinematic brilliance, it was entertaining. Of course, this movie does suffer from a bit of "sequelitis," but it's not as bad as one would think. The entire movie feels lighter and more humorous than its intense predecessor, and even the actors look to be having a really good time. As a result, the audience is destined to have fun along with them.
|See? He looks so happy! Doesn't it make you happy too?|
The movie starts with Stark saying, "I have successfully privatized world peace," and the truth is that he really has. No one else has Iron Man technology, and, as a result, the world is a safe place. Of course, the government is biting at Stark's heels in an attempt to get his secrets, but he refuses to sell to anyone.
The only problem is that someone else does have Iron Man tech. Enter Ivan Vanko / Whiplash (played by Mickey Rourke). He has been holding a decades-long grudge against Stark's family and designs an armored suit of his own, and this one has electrified whips. These whips are capable of slicing through a car like it's butter, and they do some pretty serious damage to the Iron Man suit as well.
But this isn't Tony's only problem. For some reason (it's all sciency, so I won't even try to understand it much less explain it), his artificial heart has begun pumping pollutants into his bloodstream, and he's running out of time. Fast.
I won't tell you how it ends, but there's lots of action (and Don Cheadle - see below). Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts is lacking, but I wasn't really expecting much on that front. I mean, she does an acceptable job, but I can't help but feel that the writer (Justin Theroux) watered her down quite a bit and, as a result, made her somewhat boring.
Another element that I was kind of thrown by was the lack of relationship development between Stark and his trustworthy right-hand woman, Potts. In the trailer it looked as if they were in a full-blown, kissy-face, I-love-you fest, but nay. That was merely a ploy by the producers to reel in their female fanbase. Not ok, says I, because I was looking forward to seeing the two of them connect. I mean, it was nice to see Pepper in a position of power, but it's not what I wanted!
Give me romance, or give me death!!!
Ok... That might have been a tad dramatic for the situation. But I'm ok with it.
End result: Iron Man was an entertaining movie, but I'm glad I didn't pay for it (yay free movie tickets!). If you absolutely can't wait for it to come out on DVD, then go for it. I'd say wait it out, but that's just me.
Of course, I'd say that about most movies lately. There really has been nothing of note to come out since... Avatar, really. And I'd only say to see that one simply because of the 3D experience. Otherwise, the movie was lackluster at best.
But that's for another time.
- Robin Hood
- Valentine's Day
- Veronika Decides to Die
- Prince of Persia
- Letters to Juliet
- Get Him to the Greek (don't judge...)
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
- Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
Either way, suggestions for light, summer reading would be much appreciated. :)
Whew! It's going to be a busy week...