I was lucky enough to see Iron Man 2 yesterday and Justin and I will review the film in our next podcast. In the meantime I want to go through the trailer and point out some of the things that worried me about it, and to assure you there’s nothing to worry about.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNQowwwwYa0&w=500&h=300]Cool huh? Well, here’s some of the things that worried me.The Batman Forever. See also, Spiderman 3. Often with Superhero sequels the film makers try to jam as many characters in from the comic as possible, leaving the audience wondering who the hell all these new friends and foes are, and leaving no character enough screentime to develop. I was worried this might be the case with Iron Man 2 after seeing Scarlet Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Don Cheadle, and of course Mickey Rourke in the trailer. To my surprise, all these characters are well balanced, and Don Cheadle’s opening lines are a clever nod to the online controversy surrounding his casting.The McG.See Also; Bad Boys. Charlie’s Angels was a really stupid collection of action set pieces strung together for 90 minutes. But somehow, it worked. McG stuck with the formula for Charlie’s Angels Full Throttle, only this time not even the set pieces made sense, they were so disjointed it was like watching a series of bad film clips, and being punched in the face between each clip. When i saw Tony Stark in a Formula One car I was pretty scared Favreau had McG’d, but even though the Monaco sequence is pretty stupid, it makes a certain kind of sense. More importantly, its a very small part of the film, not indicative of it.The Agent Smith Paradox. See also; Attack of The Clones. As Justin pointed out on the last podcast, too often Hollywood will think “If one Hugo Weaving kicking arse is awesome, imagine how awesome 400 Hugo Weavings will be??” Turns out, not awesome at all. The trailer scared me into thinking the final battle would be between two good Iron Men and a bunch of bad Iron Men. Look, it kind of is, but not in a bad Lucas-Wachowski way. The Battle stays focused on Cheadle and Downey, and the action remains comprehensible.So if you were worried about any of the above, don’t be. Favreau is just too clever for that shit. Iron Man 2 is a rare comic book sequel ‘done good’.
We kick things off with your comments on the Village Roadshow post. Favreau back on boardDowney is sherlock holmesDowney in tropic thunderAronofsky remakes robocopRed dawn remakeMax payneOutlander Justin and Wan Chin saw HancockI saw Be Kind, Rewindand here’s the Michel Gondry film clip to Lucas With The Lid Off..Whats your Favourite Cinema complex?