Sunday, July 3, 2011
Writer: Justin Theroux
Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Robert Downy Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mickey Rourke, Jon Favreau, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Don Cheadle, Samuel L Jackson....did i miss anyone? oh yeah, Gary Shandling, and John Slattery
Tony Stark's blood poisoning problem is becoming worse; and that's just one of the things which makes him even more of a reckless jackass than ever. Meanwhile, Robert Downy Sr (dba Roger Sterling) and Michael Rourke had some dealings about which lead to Mickey Rourke taking 30 year old plans and building completely on his own a competing Iron Man suit.
There is a large action set piece near the end of the movie.
i am confused as to what excitement actually happened in this movie. there was no climax. isn't that a necessary element for a movie to have? especially an action movie? mickey rourke went down way too easily. boom. mortally wounded. there was no real action to this action movie. singular issues of comic books have a better structure to them than this movie. speaking of comic books, i never read the iron man comics because i found him uninteresting, but he comes from the marvel universe where there are thousands of superheroes. therefore, the whole premise of this movie is bogus. tony stark is not the only world pacifier as he sees himself, and the government would care less about his suit being a weapon with potential danger to national security because there are tons of other extraordinary beings running around stopping evil forces. hence the whole avengers thing....you assholes. am i wrong? i don't think i am. i enjoyed the dialog, but it couldn't hold an entire movie up. quentin tarantino got shit for that in "death proof" (of which i completely disagree because i love that movie) and he's the master of dialog. justin theroux, you FAIL. we chuckled at stan lee's cameo, so good job whoever had that idea.
i don't know. i didn't think the first one was the shit either, so my expectations for the sequel were significantly lower. perhaps if they were just a millimeter lower they would have been met.
The question isn't why Jon Favreau got to direct the second Iron Man movie; it's why he got to direct the first Iron Man movie. I'm not saying that he's a bad director or that the movie is put together poorly; but that there are probably primates who have also been trained to paint by numbers, and who probably wouldn't cast themselves as Ronnie the Limo Driver.
I think I just felt like everybody here was phoning it in, going through motions which have worn tracks in the minds of moviegoers across the world. I can't speak to the accuracy of the story to its source material but it's so typically typical. He's cocky, he has a love interest but they're just friends, then another woman comes in but she's not what she seems. He argues with people about being a vigilante, sometimes he fights people, he argues with his friends and gets taken down by a peg or two, Samuel Jackson sneezes on the lens, he wins everybody back over. You know everything will be alright in the end because as soon as you see the first frame you know this is nothing more than an entry in a franchise.
If you do decide to watch this, keep a lookout for a special cameo near the beginning. That was the only standout scene and it had about four words of monologue.