Friday, August 17, 2012

Penny Thoughts ‘12—Iron Man 2 (2010) ***

PG-13, 124 min.
Director: Jon Favreau
Writers: Justin Theroux, Stan Lee (comic book), Don Heck (comic book), Lerry Lieber (comic book), Jack Kirby (comic book)
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg, John Slattery, Garry Shandling, Paul Bettany (voice), Kate Mara, Leslie Bibb, Jon Favreau

So, my kids forced me into my third viewing of “Iron Man 2”. And, by ‘forced’ I mean, I asked them if they wanted to see “Iron Man 2”, and they said, “Yes.” My youngest boy has been going nuts over War Machine for months. He somehow latched onto the Iron Man spin off superhero shortly after seeing “The Avengers”, and he’s decided that War Machine is his hero.

He approached this movie with surprisingly reserved anticipation of his first glimpse of War Machine in action. As the final battle commenced, the boy threw his body around the room, trying to replicate the action on the screen. His older brother got a little annoyed by about halfway through the scene. “Stop that! We’re trying to watch this!” I explained that that was how I felt when they pretended to play football right in front of the TV when I’m watching the Giants. Now, there’s some strategery in action.

After the movie was over, I asked the younger boy what he thought about the movie. “War Machine didn’t really fight all that much,” he sounded disappointed.

“What do you mean? All he did was fight, “ I offered in rebuke.

“I mean he wasn’t in it very much!”

“Well, what do you expect? The name of the movie is ‘Iron Man 2’ not ‘War Machine’,” I explained.

“You mean, there’s gonna be a ‘War Machine’!!!”

If we’re lucky, buddy. If we’re lucky.

Read my original review here.

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