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Iron Man 2

I want Terence Howard.

Not "want" in a sexual way. "Want" like I-think-Terence-Howard-would-be-better-than-Don-Cheadle way.

Not that I have anything against Don Cheadle. He's a great actor. But I just have problems with continuity. I really can't stand it when film franchises change actors midstream. I can only forgive actor changes when the cause of change was death. Like what they did with Professor Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, or the Oracle in The Matrix Revolutions.

Anyway, the story was...bleh. I was expecting something flashier. I mean, it's Iron Man, come on. He's like the coolest non-superpower super hero since Batman. And yet, this film seemed to be wanting in action sequences. Not a great way to start the Hollywood summer line-up.

So since I can't find anything to nitpick story-wise, I'll just pick on the actors.

Robert Downey, Jr.: In the words of the great Stan Lee, "'Nuff said." Robert Downey, Jr. equals Iron Man. Period.

Don Cheadle: Sorry, but I still want Terrence Howard.

Gwyneth Paltrow: I sincerely believe she genuinely enjoys playing Pepper Potts. Maybe she gets a real kick out of it. Who knows.

Scarlett Johansson: Yum. Okay, let me say that again. YUM.

Samuel L. Jackson: How many movies does he plan to make before he retires? Does he plan to surpass Christopher Lee's record? I hope not.

Sam Rockwell: I was genuinely entertained by Mr. Rockwell's performance. Bravo.

Mickey Rourke: I salute Mr. Rourke for the effort he put into this role. His Russian accent is more than an accent, as he has even captured the grammatical errors. Good job, Mr. Rourke.

Jon Favreau: I would've normally criticized him for having a small role in his own movie. But of course, directors are gods, and they can do whatever they want. And he was funny, by the way. So he is hereby forgiven.

So again, special effects are top-notch. But the story was so-so. But watch it, anyway, especially if you loved Iron Man, the first film.

And I still want Terrence Howard.

*some info from IMDb
pic from newsoftheworld.co.uk

Iron Man 2. USA. 2010.

Original Rating: Seven out of ten.
Using Don Cheadle instead of Terrence Howard: Two out of ten.


Alternate mini-review:

I liked the duelling Daddy-issues story line. Both of them, at least near the end,were trying to fulfill their father's wishes for them.

I liked Iron Man slightly better but I loved Gwyneth in this one. She had a lot of good scenes and her concern for Stark was very effectively shown.

There were just several ridiculousness in the fil. If I were to nitpick, there's Whiplash in prison with a metallic necklace.

I wish they had more scenes with Rourke speaking. It was awesome. His scene with RDJ reminds me of the scene between Tobey Maguire and Thomas Haden Church from Spider-man 3. It was as if Church and Rourke thought "Okay, you're the star of this film huh? Well here's what I'm gonna do. This scene we have here? I'm gonna out-act you in this one."

And they did.

Just with Iron Man 1, Iron Man 2 is anti-climactic. That's the second time Favreau! Give me a much more exciting finish. Make the Whiplash versus Iron Man and Whiplash longer and better!

Oh, and stay for the end credits.

Totally forgot about the end credits. Henceforth, I shall finish the credits for ALL films I watch.

And next time, I'll let you take first crack at the review. Hehe. Naunahan lang yata kita e.

no... you make good reviews. and i don't have good net connection.

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