Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Iron Man 2



As if anyone had ANY doubts about where my loyalties lie, on Friday I snuck out of work early so I could see the 4pm premier of Iron Man 2.

If you recall, I was a big fan of the original movie. I just felt that it worked on so many levels.

Unfortunately, I felt that the sequel, which I had very high hopes for, falls short on just about every level.

Ah, where do we begin?

In the first film, Robert Downey Jr. WAS Tony Stark. He played the part of the smary comic-book millionaire playboy perfectly.

In this film, he really just became a caricature of what he did the first time. He TRIES to be funnier, but most of the jokes just fall flat. And EVERYTHING he says is an attempted joke …. EVERYTHING. I don’t think he ever said ONE serious line in the entire movie. It takes him out of the realm as a ‘flippant’ character and degrades him into a sit-com wannabe. Every single scene Downey has with Gweneth Paltrow is nothing more than an excuse for her to play the straight man and try to speak as Downey keeps throwing zingers out. Most of the time they speak OVER each other. It got annoying.

I thought Mickey Rourke was pretty good as Whiplash, who was always one of my favorite villains, but I just can’t help but feel that Whiplash was a lame choice of bad guy for Iron Man. There are tons of better villains out there to have used. The writers must have come to the same realization as well, since the final battle is so anti-climactic the entire theatre looked at each other with a collective “That’s it?” when it was over.

Scarlett Johansson did a surprisingly good job at being the Black Widow, but here again, she was underused. She basically had one fight scene, and when she does, Iron Man isn’t even there.

Done Cheadle did a good job as War Machine, but I would have liked to have seen more of him, and I would have liked to have seen them make a point about what War Machine’s purpose really is. The War Machine armor is SUPPOSED to be a specialized Iron Man suit that is low on defense but super high on firepower. In this film, he’s basically just another Iron Man, but with a gun on his shoulder.

Even with its flaws, I think I could have STILL given this film a decent rating, if not for one scene in particular that made me want to scream. I’m not going to spoil it for those of you who haven’t seen it yet, but it involves a drunk Iron Man trying to dance at his birthday party, WHILE IN HIS IRON MAN SUIT, and then a fight that breaks out while DJ AM spins records in the background during the brawl.

Really.

That scene alone removes one star from this movie for me.

So, that’s my take on it. Iron Man 2 presented me with only a “Meh” start to this Summer’s Blockbuster movie season.

21 comments:

Kirsty said...

I got that impression from the trailer - that it was really trying to be a comedy. And much as I love Mickey Rourke, he did not look like much of a villain.

Mrs. Hall said...

HEY!

I saw the first half of Kick Ass!

will be seeing the next half tonight

:)

Slyde said...

kirsty: see, i thought the trailer looked pretty good.

mrs hall: you little pirate, you...

Marlene said...

Ok...so basically....still worth seeing, but wait until it comes out in DVD?

Bruce said...

I really have no desire to see this. I haven't actually seen the first one yet to be honest, and assumed it was an entertaining film. But when all the pre-manufactured hype started popping up 3 months ago about the release of this film, with all the Burger King tie ins etc...I sort of smelled a studio cashing in on previous success and knew it wasn't going to live up to the hype. I am hoping that the next really good sci-fi film, will be the remake of Tron coming out later this year. Now that may have some potential.

Slyde said...

marlene: thats pretty much what i wish i had done :)

bruce: ya know what? i never did care for tron. even as a kid. I saw the trailer for the new one, and it just leaves me cold.

Heff said...

My son saw it Friday, and thought it was BETTER than the first one, but he's 15, lol.


and I'd LOVE to "overuse" Scarlett Johansson....

Bruce said...

The premise for Tron was pretty cutting edge, but unfortunately, Disney dosen't do cutting edge very well and they really watered down the original intent of the film....still it was far reaching for its day.

Hopefully the newer version will live up to the hype and look even better in IMAX 3D.

Mrs. Hall said...

SLYDE!
ask me what I thought of the Kick Ass!

geez, do I gotta do all the work here?

Slyde said...

holly: what did you think of kick ass?

mo.stoneskin said...

I didn't read this post, just in case it spoilt the film for me, which is why I'm not leaving a comment of my usual witty caliber.

Mrs. Hall said...

SEE NOW!!!

that's not soo hard!!

the review will up soon ;)

sybil law said...

Yet another movie I'll see when it's out on DVD or cable.
I live such an exciting life!

Candy's daily Dandy said...

Now that's a bummer...I'll still see it though!

Tamara said...

I actually enjoyed it. But then again, I'm not a comic book fan, so wouldn't know if it was completely messing with the original characters or not. Also, I expected it to totally suck, so I was pleasantly surprised. The CGI was awesome, the action slick AND there was a Grand Prix scene. That's all that really mattered to me ;-)

2abes said...

to bad I was hoping for another great movie

The Invisible Seductress said...

sounds disappointing.. to much money these days to go and not be impressed..DVD or PPV sounds like..Thanks for the heads up!!

meleah rebeccah said...

I loved Iron Man 1. I have yet to see the sequel and now that I have a warning from you maybe my expectations wont be too high!

Brown said...

Pretty spot on Slyde, I didn't include the whole drunken b-day scene in my review, but it definitely made me roll my eyes....

Cocaine Princess said...

I haven't seen Iron Man 2 yet but I really liked the first one. I read in Entertainment Weekly there's a 3rd installement coming out.

elizabeth said...

Dammit.