May. 30th, 2010

Iron Man 2

May. 30th, 2010 11:42 pm
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I went to see Iron Man 2 today at the cinema. I know this is a few weeks after most people that have seen it, although I was quite keen to see it having enjoyed the first film a lot and thinking the trailers looked good, a combination of going to Chester, going up to Scotland for a week and the friend I was going to see it with having to cancel meant I didn't really get a chance until now.

I thought it was a very enjoyable film, Robert Downey Jr is excellent again in the main role and the rest of the cast is good as well. The action scenes are good and the pacing is good enough that the film never really seems to lose much momentum. I think it could possibly be slightly better than the original due to having a better villain (even if Mickey Rourke is a bit underused) and a better final action sequence than the slightly anti-climatic one in the first film. Like the original it is entertaining and no more than that, I think it is sufficient for a superhero film to just be entertaining and not have any depth but I'd still rate it behind the likes of X-Men 2 or the two Batman films because they do have more compelling plots - it may still be obvious in them that in the end the Good Guys will triumph there is at least some potential for there to be some negative consequences to some of the characters whereas in Iron Man I didn't really feel any of the characters were ever in any jeopardy. If it didn't have such a charismatic performance in the lead role then the script might make it quite a weak film, but fortunately it turns out to be very entertaining.

When I bought the ticket for the film, I noticed that they asked if I wanted a normal seat or a 'premium' seat (which was a couple of pounds more expensive). This must be a thing at all Vue cinemas now, since they did the same thing when I went to see Robin Hood when I was up in Edinburgh. I'm sure I don't want to pay more for a premium seat since even a normal cinema ticket is expensive enough nowadays (I fondly remember the days when I was at University and could get £2.50 student tickets at the local Odeon) but I'm a bit puzzled where the premium seats are since they don't assign a seat number and all of the seats in the cinema look identical without anything to say "don't sit here unless you have a premium seat".

Incidentally, has anyone seen "The Losers"? I thought the trailer looked like it could be entertaining, but I haven't seen any reviews or reactions to it so far. I do wonder just how many "band of assorted soldiers/mercenaries/whatever get betrayed and have people try to kill them" films we need at the moment, what with this, The A-Team, The Expendables and Predators all coming out fairly soon.

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