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I am Iron Man. 2.

Here’s the new trailer for Scarlett Johansson’s latest, Iron Man 2. Wait. She wasn’t in the first one? What the hell was I watching?

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“What are the facts?”

Just in time for the Holiday box office boost is Sherlock Holmes, one of Hollywood’s better, yet still obvious, attempts at franchise movie magic we’ve seen these last few years. Now, I’ve never read any of the Sherlock Holmes novels or short stories (although they’re sitting in my to-be-read stack), so maybe once I’ve read them I’ll look at the movie differently. But for now, I’ll judge it on its own merits. Let the great experiment begin!

Overall, I felt that Sherlock Holmes was a movie that took some really good source material and gave it a typical Hollywood makeover. Inject some action, a little comedy, attach a big-name cast, and you’re almost guaranteed three movies. Now this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Plenty of other movies have followed the same formula and been more or less enjoyable. And I did find Sherlock Holmes to be an enjoyable movie, just not great by any means.

If Robert Downey Jr. has taught us anything it’s that people who do drugs will always land on their feet. And as long as they’re funny/sexy we’ll always be ready to welcome them back into the fold. What this has to do with the review I still haven’t figured out. If you have any idea, please post your thoughts in the comments section. Anyway, Downey’s portrayal of Holmes is an interesting one. Instead of the typical, self-absorbed detective, he’s portrayed almost like he’s autistic. He’s so trapped inside his head that venturing out of it is almost painful for him. Before the trailer I don’t think it was what people were expecting and I think it’ll work well for the inevitable sequels.

I was glad to see that they chose to portray Watson and someone who was actually competent at what he did, rather than some bumbling, idiotic sidekick. Johnny Knoxville as Watson. That would have been great. Jude Law seems perfect for the role, and plays it every bit as well as Downey plays Holmes. The only one who really felt out of place in the movie was Rachel McAdams. Maybe out of place is the wrong choice of words. More like, why was she there? McAdams seemed more like a place-holder than anything else and if the filmmakers had instead decided to cast Winona Ryder or Gwyneth Paltrow I don’t see the role being very different.

I felt the overall plot of the film was a little strange. We all know that Holmes’ nemesis is Professor Moriarty, and I thought it was a smart decision not to feature him in the first film. Just like the Joker wasn’t the bad guy in Batman Begins. It’s good to spend a little time setting things up. Letting the audience get to know Holmes and Watson, the dynamics of their relationship, and the people they work with. But having the first villain to face Holmes be some sort of black magic wizard just felt like they were trying to push Holmes into a world he didn’t belong in. For me, that juxtaposition between solid detective work and mysticism just didn’t work, and really took a lot of tension from the movie. It’s a shame because you look at other places it’s been done (The X-Files comes to mind) and see that when done right, it comes off beautifully.

Holmes is set in the 1890s. And while a fantastic job was done on the costume and set design, you still get that sense that you’re looking at everything through some sort of gloss. You know London is a dirty place, but you get the feeling that someone’s sitting there saying, “Look! London! Gross!” It feels like the world you’re looking at isn’t genuine. This is only made worse by the movie’s final showdown between Holmes and Lord Blackwood, set in the middle of CGI porn we haven’t seen since the Star Wars prequels.

Despite all of this, the movie does offer some laughs, along with the opportunity to unwind and just enjoy yourself for two hours. Downey’s portrayal of Holmes, along with his chemistry with Law makes the movie definitely worth checking out. By and large, I think this one will please the great, unwashed, movie-going public, as we’ve seen from this past week’s box office numbers. I hear they’re talking to Brad Pitt to play Moriarty in the sequel, so it’ll be interesting to see where things go from here.

I am Iron Man. Two.

It’s finally here! As expected, Iron Man 2 looks both bigger and badder than its predecessor. I can’t believe how awesome these special effects are. Did you see how weird and out-of-proportion Mickey Rourke’s face looks? Wait. What?

Iron Man + War Machine = spoiler alert

Alright. Thanksgiving’s over, so let’s cut the crap. The first teaser poster for the beloved Iron Man 2 has just hit, so get your wallets ready, because when this one comes out you’re going to want to throw all sorts of money at it.


Iron Man 2 Comic Con footage teh l33ked!!1!

Get your fill because this might not last long.

TRAILER MONDAY – Super Patriotic Edition**

Robert Downey Jr. is certainly popular these days, which only goes to show that you can be a drug addict AND wildly successful. Kids, take note. Anyway, Sherlock Holmes hits theaters this Christmas. In it, Robert Downey Jr. plays a wildly successful opium addict.

Also in time for the holidays is Viggo Mortensen’s The Road, which was adapted from the popular Cormac McCarthy novel, which was recently reviewed on this wildly popular blog. The movie follows Mortensen as he leads his son through a bombed-out wasteland, where roving bands of killers prey on the innocent. Hahaha, no it’s not Mexico.

In 9, the world is also a bombed-out wasteland. Except here, a group of ragdolls are trying to save humanity’s legacy. At least I think that’s what’s going on. It’s entirely possible they’re going to a Coheed & Cambria concert.

**This post contains nothing patriotic.

“I am Iron Man.”

I’ve come to the conclusion that comic book movies have to be rated on a different scale than regular movies. I think everyone would agree that you shouldn’t walk into The Incredible Hulk expecting to see Schindler’s List. So if we rate Spiderman 3 as a one (and I really can’t stress how sh***y that movie was) and Batman Begins as a ten (which will soon be replaced by The Dark Knight), Iron Man rates about an 9.

I never really read any of the Iron Man comics, so I can’t say how faithful the movie was to that story. I can say however, that the movie did what a lot of comic book movies don’t: present it’s story in a way that doesn’t make you want to immediately call BS. As I read that back to myself it kind of sounds like I’m saying, “The movie was good because it didn’t suck,” but that’s not at all what I mean. If you can take a crazy story, about an iron man and present it in a way where I’m not thinking the entire time, “There’s no way!”, you’ve won me over.

In the movie, millionaire playboy and weapons magnate Tony Stark is attacked and captured by terrorists during a missile demonstration. They make him a deal, build them a batch of Jericho missiles — the newest and most high-tech in Stark’s arsenal — and they’ll let him live. Instead, he builds an Iron Man suit and kicks everyone’s ass. And as I watched this magnificent superhero single-handedly defeating the forces of terror I knew America’s path and the cause of freedom was righteous and true, and I went home and enlisted in the Army. No but seriously, can you imagine?

Standing in Tony’s way is Obadiah Stane, who’s been secretly selling Stark brand weapons to terrorists and wants to use the Iron Man technology for his own gain. When Tony finds out that it was Stane who engineered his capture in the first place, the gloves come off, and all sorts of smash-’em-up-bad-assery ensues.

SPOILER ALERT!

Casting Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark was a stroke of genius. He was really able to sell the idea that Iron Man is a different kind of superhero. He’s not a Superman or Spiderman, who lives somewhat insulated from his actions behind a secret identity. By the end of the movie, the world knows who he is and what he’s been doing. I loved Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stane, although every time I saw him on screen I wanted to say, “Yeah, it-it’s a, it’s a bummer, man.” And special kudos to the filmmakers for making me like Gwyneth Paltrow, a feat that before seeing this movie I thought impossible.

It’s always struck me as funny that these days, movies like this have sequels and franchises built into them, and I don’t think there’s any question that we’ll see at least two more Iron Man movies. I’m wondering where they’ll take the whole thing. Anyone who stays for the secret ending after the credits knows that reference is made to superhero group The Avengers. Terrance Howard plays James Rhodes, who in the comics eventually becomes War Machine. And the terrorist group responsible for Tony’s kidnapping is The Ten Rings, backed by Iron Man’s comic book nemesis The Mandarin, so there’s plenty of material there for a few sequels.

Too often, we walk out of superhero movies feeling disappointed, so it was nice coming out of this one thinking that the filmmakers had done things right. Don’t wait for the DVD, catch this one in theaters. A