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Hermit Cinema: Iron Man 2

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The first Iron Man laid down all the groundwork for a successful franchise. Director John Favreau and most of the cast return which gave me hope. I’m sorry to say that Iron Man 2 blew that all to hell.

Robert Downey Jr. perfected Tony Stark as an arrogant yet charming playboy. In the sequel, he really only comes across as arrogant. Pepper Potts (Gwynneth Paltrow) plays less of a role here so that Scarlett Johanssen can run around in a skin-tight suit. Don Cheadle replaces Terrance Howard in the military pal role. Mickey Rourke is introduced as a new villain in a plot so thin, if you put it in some olive oil it would liquify in the pan å la Goodfellas.

This movie was such a disappointment it really doesn’t deserve any more of a writeup. It is watchable. But little else. Take a pass unless you’re bored.

I give this movie a D-plus.



Written by the bee dub

November 3, 2010 at 10:24 am

Hermit Cinema: Tropic Thunder

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I heard a lot of hype from other folks about this movie and for the most part, it delivers.

Steve Coogan, who disappears from this movie all too quickly, plays a young director in over his head while making a war epic. Jack Black is one of his actors, hooked on drugs,  trying to play against his usual role in silly fart-joke movies. Ben Stiller is also an actor trying to play against his typical roles, but frankly, Ben Stiller is starting to always play the same character to me. This role isn’t all that different from Zoolander or  Dodgeball if you ask me.

The best parts of this movie are Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Cruise. They absolutely steal the show. Downey plays an Australian actor known for his extreme commitment, and undergoes a controversial plastic surgery procedure to make him look African American. He never breaks from his ‘character’ and his over-the-top portrayal of a man trying to be black are simply hilarious.

Cruise, wearing a body suit and plenty of makeup, plays an über-powerful, self-absorbed agent. He isn’t in too many scenes but he’s hilarious, just hilarious, even while simply dancing to the closing credits.

Basically the whole cast goes into the jungle to make the film more verité and things descend quickly pretty much the moment they get off the helicopter. I think some of the movie drifts a bit but it’s worth it just to watch Robert Downey Jr. I’d put this among some of his best roles (along with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Wonder Boys and Iron Man).

For me this movie get a B.

Written by the bee dub

February 5, 2009 at 1:55 pm

Hermit Cinema: Iron Man

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So as you may have guessed, I’m not one to go out and see a movie in a theater anymore. I used to and really enjoyed it. It just lost its charm for me. Nevertheless, I love movies. I can’t watch enough. So DVD’s are clearly the way to go for the hermit.

One movie that really stood out for me lately was Iron Man. I’m really more of the independent cinema type, so this was a departure from my usual fare. For me, this was the best of all the superhero movies by far. I’d say Batman Begins was a close second.

For starters, Robert Downey Jr. is perfect in the Tony Stark role. He’s got the ‘genius turned partying playboy’ thing nailed. Jeff Bridges is a great foil to Tony. It’s hard to believe that this is the same person who played the lead role in my favorite movie of all time: The Big Lebowski. I’ve never been much of a Gwynneth Paltrow fan, but she’s fine playing Tony’s assistant.

The special effects are flawless. For me, that was crucial. None of it came across as cheesy or unconvincing. A lot of it made me rewind it to watch it again.

Right from the beginning, the movie jumps right into the action and then does a good job of giving you lots of background info in a very entertaining way. If anything, I only had one complaint with the plot.

I’m going to go ahead give a huge plot spoiler here so stop reading if you haven’t seen it or don’t want to know. But when he’s being held captive and he’s supposed to be building a missile system, would it be really all that difficult to realize he’s building something entirely different? How hard would it be to see that, gee, he’s not building a missile he’s building some sort of human armor/suit thing? But that’s really a pretty minor point as far as the whole movie goes.

If you’re looking for a good DVD, I’d say Iron Man is as close to a sure thing as you can get from a huge Hollywood kind of production.

Written by the bee dub

October 20, 2008 at 7:45 pm

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