In a follow-up to our previous post from earlier this week, and post-Iron Man 2-screening, we have to say we are more excited than ever about seeing this film as an outdoor movie! Iron Man 2 certainly delivered, and we have to agree with A.O. Scott’s NY Times review on one point: although IM2 neglected to follow in the solemn footsteps of recent Batman or Spiderman blockbusters, it was certainly funny, even enjoyably so.
That is probably what we enjoyed the most – the comic relief brilliantly interspersed throughout the narrative. Witty remarks laced with pop-culture references made the film appreciable to an older audience. When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) turns his company over to his assistant Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), he cracks open a bottle of champagne and urges Potts to “drink, not think”.
Iron Man 2 does not leave you un-wowed, as the special effects take the saga to an entirely new level. This Times article details
how the film commissioned Rolls-Royce to construct two identical vehicles for the movie (apparently the only twin RR autos in the company’s history at a price tag of $438K), only to be destroyed for an exhilarating scene where Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) and Stark duke it out as freshly formed enemies. But it doesn’t end there, as the entire film is spotted with believable and breathtaking special effects that will leave you on the edge of your seat.
Sam Rockwell and Scarlett Johansson deliver excellent performances as Justin Hammer -the CEO of Hammer industries, Stark’s chief competitor- and Natalie Rushman -Stark’s new personal assistant. In fact, the movie is filled with brilliant performers, all who act between the lines and significantly assist in making the film a success. Robert Downey Jr. shines as Tony Stark, especially as Mr. Stark re-discovers his purpose amidst chaos and identity crisis.
We give Iron Man 2 an outdoor-movie rating of four and a half stars, as the film will be an excellent pick for almost any community. It offers something for every member of the family (with the exception of small children), and is entertaining and substantial without being too long or drawn out. Most of the film is bright and high in contrast, and should project well in almost any outdoor movie setting.
Have any readers seen Iron Man 2? What did you think of the film, and of it’s potential as an outdoor movie? We’d love to hear your thoughts, so please, post a comment to the blog, or send us a message at [email protected].