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Iron Man 2 Cents

Iron Man was fun, albeit a little long. Go see it. You’ll enjoy it. I only had two peeves:

1.) Dear Gwyneth — if you really didn’t want to be in the movie, you shouldn’t have. It was painfully obvious you weren’t a team player. As one performer to another: when you’re not having fun, it shows. It’s not like you needed to be in the film — we geeks were all fine with Don Cheadle playing Terrence Howard’s role of Rhodey, and we would have welcomed a cute redheaded ingenue as much as we welcomed Scarlett Johansson’s thinly-poured-latex catsuit. Where there was a genuine affection for Stark from Pepper in the first film (an affection that saved his life), there was nothing but cold-shoulder antagonism in the sequel. When she finally does show some concern for Stark’s welfare, it’s almost too little too late. Stark must seriously have a thing for Pepper if he didn’t dump her after treating him like that…especially since she looks downright frumpy next to Scarlett. Maybe we should blame this on the writers? (A few other things could be…see peeve #2 for details.) Whatever the reason, I hope you got a boatload of cash. And that you got to keep all the fabulous gravity-defying stilettos.

2.) Dear Jon (Favreau) — if you have Sam Rockwell in your movie, you should USE HIM. Perhaps you didn’t get the memo about what a freaking amazing actor he is. Perhaps you have only seen him in his role as “Head Thug” in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Perhaps this is yet another flub we can blame on your poor, overworked, brain-fried writer. Or perhaps we can even blame this on Stan — I didn’t read the Iron Man comics, so I don’t know if Justin Hammer was really as smarmy and inept as he is portrayed in the film. What would have been MORE entertaining — and please forgive me, as this is the writer in me taking over — is if Hammer had been a true match (intelligence and charisma-wise) for Stark…as true a match as Ivan Vanko was for Iron Man. That way Stark would have been fighting on both fronts — his street persona and his superhero persona — and something might actually HAVE BEEN IN JEOPARDY. Nothing was in jeopardy in this film. Not even Pepper’s stilettos, when she is lifted into the air and whisked away before the bombs detonate (please refer back to peeve #1).

Again, I enjoyed the movie. It was a cold, windy day. I had a decent seat and nowhere else to be. Did I think it rocked as much as the first one? Not by a long shot. But as a sequel it’s passable. Thanks for a lovely afternoon.

Originally published at AletheaKontis.com. You can comment here or there.

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readingthedark
May. 11th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
Not to defend Gwyneth, because you're right that professionalism does dictate that it doesn't spill over that much...but it apppears that Gwyneth feels that Scarlett stealing Ryan Reynolds from Alanis Morissette was unforgiveable and greatly resented being forced to work with someone that she despised. (Madonna is a Gwyneth bestie and Madonna helped reinvent Alanis in the U.S., etc.)

I'm greatly looking forward to IM2, but I know it won't be as good as the first one.
princessalethea
May. 11th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
Wow. Really? Well, it makes sense...but it still shouldn't have affected her ability to act a decent part. She's a lovely actress. And a pretty damned good one.
lordofallfools
May. 11th, 2010 11:52 am (UTC)
I think Gwyneth is a thousand times more attractive than Scarlett.

It's the freckles.
princessalethea
May. 11th, 2010 12:55 pm (UTC)
By all rights, I should have thought so too. She was awesome in the first one. (And I love Gwyneth in general.) In the first film, I was constantly worried that she'd break an ankle in those heels because I genuinely cared for the character. I didn't even really feel sorry for her in the second film.
cairech
May. 11th, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
Sam Rockwell is to fabulous what sparkling is to white. I am ashamed of Jon Favreau for missing out on this particular acting genius.

Not that I intend to see this movie. As a rule, I hate sequels. The smell of wealthy desperation pervades nearly all of them, and it is a stench I cannot abide.
princessalethea
May. 11th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
Now now...don't dis them all. Toy Story 2 was awesome, and I'll happily watch the fourth Shrek movie (tho I still haven't seen the 3rd). If a friend lends this movie to you on a rainy day, pop some popcorn and enjoy it.

But yeah. Dude. Sam Rockwell. Srsly. Does the Pope poo in the woods?
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