|I AM IRON MAN!!!!||0 out of 1 user found this review helpful.|
Well I’m not but I’ve always liked the song a lot more than I have actually liked the character of Iron man. My problem is tony stark, that pretentious c**k is a person I dislike with so much vigour that I don’t think his name is even worth capitalising. He’s pretentious, arrogant, sneaky and a prick. One of my favourite moments in comic book history is during civil war where Cap has him on the ground and is beating the living frack out of him. Good times.
Those are the comics. Robert Downey Jr’s biggest achievement in my eyes is actually making me like the character of Tony Stark. See? Even gave him capitals. He brings to the role a wit, roguish charm and humour that makes me love the character. Kudos to him. Seriously. He gives Tony Stark the arrogance and the affluence and the playboy nature but he does it with such referential humour that he no longer comes off as a prick and instead elevates the character to something very amusing and somewhat unique in the super hero world.
Now that I’ve finished kissing the a**e of Robert Downey Jr let’s proceed on to the film in general. I liked it. It’s a great little blockbuster that you can sit back and enjoy for a few hours. As I’ve previously said Tony Stark is cool, however I think all the other roles are very well cast. Scarlett Johansen as Black Window (did you know she was trained as a kid by wolverine? Awesome right?) is perfect. She fits the character very well as I believe her totally as a sexy and intelligent super spy that can kick ass. Some people have mentioned her lack of accent but I say that’s not a problem, she’s a fracking spy. She can speak with an American accent to blend in. Speaking of Russian accents (see my awesome segue powers) Mickey Rourke as the bad guy Whiplash was a very interesting character. Most of Iron Man’s villains are in some way just copies of Iron Man and the first film’s villain was not very interesting to me. Whiplash had a decent back-story with the Stark Family and at least his powers were a little different.
The plot of the film is a little convoluted and would take a long time to explain. I did try several times but I figured two paragraphs was a waste of space. Instead I’ll just say that I thought the story was quite good. It seems a little flat; like you’re waiting for some big thing to make you go “shit!” and sit back in your seat. There are no big reveals in this movie. Some have said the plot is all over the place or overly complicated and I say that’s rubbish. The plot is fine. There is also a complaint that there are too many characters. Too many for who? All the characters in the film served a purpose in terms of the story of that film as well as setting up the future avengers film. The plot is very interesting from a personal point of view of Tony Stark, his troubles, and the way the world perceives him.
The effects of this film are great, top notch, but I have only one criticism. Iron Man doesn’t feel like Robert Downey Jr to me in the way he moves. Granted he’s wearing a big power suit exo-skeleton thing, but that’s no excuse. The movements are incredibly organic but they look like they belong to someone else. Furthermore it seems to me that War Machine and Iron Man move in exactly the same way. If they were wearing the same looking suit you wouldn’t be able to tell which is which and I take real issue with that.
The film is far from perfect but really it’s a great little flick. It’s not going to change the world, this isn’t Star Wars, but it’s incredibly enjoyable. The story is fine, only fine, but the main draw in this film is Robert Downey Jr in the title role. His interactions with other characters are great and are far more entertaining than the bits when the robots hit each other.
By the way, a little word of warning, stay until the end of the credits.
Great fun film to watch but won’t change your life.
Iron Man 2 Clip: New Assistant
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Iron Man 2 Clip: Justin Hammer
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Iron Man 2 Clip: Prison Cell
Tony confronts his attacker, Whiplash, in a Moroccan prison cell.
Iron Man 2 Clip: Suitcase Suit
Caught off guard, Tony uses his portable Iron Man suit to fight off Whiplash.
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