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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Iron Man II - A Review

Robert Downey Jr. is surely one of the most watchable actors in Hollywood, his performance in Sherlock Holmes is remarkable beyond  doubt. The success of the recently released Iron Man II would have a lot to attribute to this aspect of Downey, he's the perfect Tony Stark. The movie caught the imagination of comic book fans and  technology enthusiasts through use of cutting edge CGI, but it has its flaws.

The movie begins with Stark in his metal suit jumping off a flying plane, to where the Stark Expo is being hosted- and why would he need a 'launching pad' exactly when he could have simply flew off from his malibu residence? The insistent use of red-yellow color combination thereafter is sickening to the eyes.

The script leaves many moments for Tony Stark to brood, allowing for some character-development, but the supporting cast including the pragmatic Pepper Pots played by Gwyneth Paltrow is left superficial. In all instances, the performance of other characters such as that of Whiplash and Black Widow are sacrificed to protect the ego of Tony Stark.

Throughout the movie, the protagonist has to go through no real trouble, and most fight scenes are lame. Don't get me wrong- the special effects are dumbfounding, but none of the action sequences in the movie are worth remembering.

Nevertheless, it's a refreshing change from the kind of superhero movies  we are accustomed to, and personally I'm a huge fan. Let's just hope for a better sequel.

Here's an Iron Man sketch by me.

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