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What Are Little Iron Men Made Of? 16.05.2010

Posted by Commodore Mendez in Movie reviews.
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Movie: Iron Man 2 (2010)
Plot: Shellhead backslides in therapy
IMHO: The first Iron Man, a playful action movie, got by mostly on Robert Downey Jr.’s charm, his behaving as Tony Stark, a ego-driven boy wonder who through adversity and a tin chassis learns to be a better person. But alas the lesson came with a price. In this way-too-loud, rushed-feeling sequel, his power hunger is now fed by his previous savior, that copper carapace; plus, the power source of the armor is literally killing him. Jon Favreau (Swingers, Swingers, and Swingers) brings in quirky Sam Rockwell as a quirky millionaire to balance/battle Downey quirkily, but it’s Mickey Rourke who steals the movie by actually acting with conviction, playing a frustrated Russian scientist based on a combination of Marvel villains Whiplash and Crimson Dynamo. Also, in the name of equal opportunity, Rhodey gets a suit, too. Ocean’s 11er Don Cheadle takes over the role from Terrence Howard, but Howard’s low-key characterization is missed. The action scenes are fine, but figures fighting in CGI armor might as well be Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots for all we care. The action scenes that sizzle belong to Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow. Oh, if they just let her use a Russian accent, or gave her something real to do. Rwor. Gwyneth Paltrow sure is pretty.
Compared to the great Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, this movie is all static discharge and gas clouds.
If William Shatner had directed it, he would’ve played Stark’s dad himself. And maybe added more story to make the Stark-Potts romance not seem tacked on. Or kissed Pepper himself!
If Scotty had seen the movie with me, he’d have said, “Palladium? New elements?! Give me a wee drop of dilithium and a fifth of Romulan ale, and I’ll have the lad flyin’ from here to Rigel in no time.”
SPOILER: Not following plot points? No worries. Jarvis the computer underlines, and I mean, UNDERLINES, every one.
I give this movie: 2 Nomads out of 5