OK - Iron Man. RDJ is Tony Stark - he is just as amazing and born for this role as anything he ever could be in (although maybe he is a skosh more Sherlock Holmes.)
And I was seriously in love
with Iron Man the first - I mean it made me commit fan fic
, which I hadn't done since I was 13.
But here are my problems - let me show them to you.
(And you should know - read all this in the context of it's a really good movie and I'd see it again and tell you to see it - it's just not as good as 1. I wouldn't care so much to write all this otherwise.)
There are two - and I think they are tied together. (I know - just two, right, it's still Iron Fucking Man!)
I think there is a trend where Hwood has a big hit movie and they try to replicate it without really knowing why it was a hit... most of the times they think it's what they spent money on. But most of the time it's because the movie had an emotional impact in some way on the audience that made them, with no reservations recommend the movie and go see it themselves again. That emotional impact can be any emotion, but it has to be true - true on a level someone might not even notice, like the phrase, it rings true... you don't know it's true but it feels true.1. IM2 didn't feel true.
So Tony is a narcissist*. Yes. But he has good friends. Rhody, Pepper, Happy. That for whatever reason, love him and what him to be a better man than he sometimes is. And we are emotionally invested in these relationships. In Rhody coming to find Tony in the desert. To Pepper anticipating what Tony needs instead of what he wants, and Happy... he's just always there for you. Like a hound dog.
So, who is it that realizes that Tony is acting suicidal? Giving away his things, saying goodbye, taking even more unacceptable risks then normal... No, not his friends. SHIELD? Seriously, Nick Fury and agent ScarJo... SRSLY?
No. I don't think so. I. Do. Not. Think. So.
OK, so you want SHIELD to play a part in here - a very simple fix, that would have rang true is to have Pepper behind bringing them in because she knows Tony so well, that she realizes she needs help because she can't get through to him.
Also - Jarvis? I mean, cmon, got short changed here. There is a relationship there, and it was thrown away, (much like the Men in Black Sequel there the love story between Coma Jones and the woman who stayed by his side was thrown away) also, Jarvis and Tony couldn't have figured out the temporary Palladium vaccination that worked better than chugging f'ing chlorophyll (but yes, I want the damn drinking bottle, ok!)2. Editing problem.
I think the bit about how you enter the scene late and leave the scene early was taken a bit too much to heart. There are some sequences that didn't quite work for me, and I felt that the resolution must have been written, or even shot, but got clipped just a few frames too early.
1. Tony wants to race his car - and ticks off his own driver/team to do it, because he's suicidal. OK, but... that's not in the movie. The part when he gets to the mirror - and then from the mirror to the car - is missing. And how good he looks in his fire suit does not fix that. But is distracting.
2. Pepper dressing down ScarJo. Either she knew who she was or what she was doing or she didn't - it's not in the movie. I kind of kept expecting it to be.
3. Pepper would have been way more effective as CEO and she wouldn't have quit. I think we missed some bits. She coordinates an entire police mobilization during a disaster but then decides to just stand around after.
4. Tony escaping house arrest.
5. Why in the hell wasn't the make a new element beam pointed at the freaking triangle to begin with?!Things I did like/love
1. Computer Porn. I want. 'nough said.
2. Iron Man. I want. 'way 'nough said.
3. Sam Rockwell casting
4. Micky Roarke castingNit Picks
Terrence Howard was a better Rhoady than Don Cheadle. I love Don Cheadle - but, really, he would be better at being Iron Man then the side kick. I still liked him, but I don't think he was as good in the role as TH.
Pepper's clothes. Seriously - even when she wears a t-shirt, she wears heels and a skirt? Other than the two actresses - are there any women involved in this movie at all? I would have fallen out of my chair if she had some sneakers stashed this time - she should have had them in a pocket on the outside of the *suit* case. Cause if you got to break out the suit - you're probably going to need good running shoes.
Pepper quit? I'm not sure. I know she SAYS that she hates being in the center of things, but I really don't think that's true... and it didn't ring true. In the real world of movie watching the dynamic between her and Tony is so much more improved with her as CEO and he as Iron Man.
Tony can figure out and engineer a new element - but couldn't solve clorphyl vs whatever whatever injection... I mean, Jarvis can't google?
OMG - really - bad guy is dirty? I mean, I get that *Russia* is just a big dirty basement slum, but in 'merica - we have manicurists, showers, hell, a nail brush...
Why is Tony still yelling at the little clamp helpers... And now they can't even make a smoothie? It would have been better if it remembered to put the lid on and Tony talked nice to it.
What orange tan lotion did Hammer have on his hands in that hangar scene. So distracting and in a bad way.
Some of the special effects were a little off - the transition of ScarJo's CGI face to her real one once... and... there was some other bit where their slip was showing but I can't remember exactly.
*Tony as a narcisist has been proven false. It's just a pretend thing he does to hide himself. Always has been. He arranged in advance for Rhody to be able to take the suit. He made Pepper CEO. And I'm sure Happy is set for life. So everyone can keep calling him that, but...
(also, y'all know that Pepper ends up with Happy, right?) and they laid some of the ground work for that as Happy became Pepper's right hand man/chauffer - which again has that strange relationship power dynamic I'm not liking....
OK. Still pretty awesome movie, but I mourn for how much better it could have been.