May 7, 2010

Summer Movie Smackdown: Iron Man 2

Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Mickey Rourke, Don Cheadle, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Samuel L. Jackson.

Plot? - Iron Man, as in Tony Stark himself, not the movie, is starting to rust, aka DIEEEE. That groovy ring of piece thing in his chest is sucking the life force out of his body, how existential . The US Government (portrayed by sleazy senator Gary Shandling) wants his technology. Rival arms dealers wanna get in on the iron men business and some creepy Russian dude who talks to birds wants to make him bleed. The general plot contains all of these elements working together like a well oiled machine.
Reminds You Of?  -  It's a lot like Iron Man 1, except with less heart. The heart has been replaced with bigger more charismatic characters and higher stakes. This lack of a serious emotional core is both a good and a bad thing, but honestly once the shit starts blowing up, it doesn't matter.
Ass Kicking Factor (AKF) - With characters named "Iron Man," "Whiplash," and "War Machine," did you really think this movie wouldn't kick ass? Also take a look at those robots/people/machines above? This isn't "Letters to Juliet," this is IRON MAN! 
Oh Shit Moments (OSM) - The entire movie is a oh shit moment. Done.
Memorable Dialogue  - The movie is packed with charismatic actors who supposedly ad-lib from a witty script by Justin Theroux. Downey Jr's Tony Stark and Rockwell's Justin Hammer (who by the way might be metaphors for Bill Gates and Steve Jobs) own every single scene they are in. Say what you want, but it's clear that all the actors in the film are having an absolute blast. Mickey Rourke is playing a character who's so damn weird he's creepy and seems to be enjoying it.
MOM Factor - Low. I mean this is a fun film, but as one as my buddies points out, this is a straight up MAN'S movie. Stuff blows up, AC/DC roars on the soundtrack, there are extended montages of people building things in garages, their are race cars, there are lasers, gun fights, babes, and lots lots of explosions. Mom's aren't generally into things like this. Dad's on the other hand....
TPG Truth Drop - Iron Man 2 is the ultimate summer movie flick. This film is pure cinematic popcorn goodness. Don't believe the negative reviews, you will have an absolute blast. The third act is a brilliant example of modern day action directing and how special effects, sound design, characters, and plot can all build to one mind blowing set piece. Iron Man 2 totally delivers all the goods.

Note: I didn't even mention all the super awesome references to Captain America, The Avengers, and Thor. And don't worry there are many and they are fresh as hell.

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