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UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] U.S. government steals corporate property, funds terrorist.

PEOPLE: Isn’t it weird how Jon Favreau directs these? Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson, Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow — looking great as a redhead, Scarlett Johansson — looking quite interesting as a brunette (dark redhead, really). I think I’d pick redhead Paltrow over a brunette Johansson, but I’m in the minority on this one. Johansson oozes sex, but I just think her features look a bit weird. Perfect, but weird. Paltrow is imperfect, but not so weird. Of course, I used to think Paltrow was soooo overrated and not that hot, but I changed my mind after Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow (which made that the most memorable thing of that movie for me).

And… Gary Shandling! Funny stuff. And Stan Lee as Larry King! IMDB incorrectly lists him as “himself”.

QUIRKS: Sequel.

VISUALS: Pretty friggin’ awesome. Good action scenes storyboarded by Genndy Tartakovsky of Samurai Jack / Dexter’s Lab / PowerPuff Girls / Clone Wars fame.

SOUNDTRACK: AC/DC FTW. And does every movie have to have “It Takes Two” in it? It seems to be showing up a lot in what we watch lately.

MORALS: No man is an island.

POLITICS: The U.S. government funds terrorism, then commits crimes against its own citizens to stop such terrorism. Sounds really friggin’ familiar.

GOOD STUFF: The actors and the action. War Machine. S.H.I.E.L.D.

BAD STUFF: Not quite as good as Iron Man 1.

CONCLUSION: Pretty damn awesome.

Clint: Netflix: 4.2/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 7.4/10, Netflix: 4.2/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 4.5/5 stars).

RECOMMENDATION: Don’t stop at Iron Man 1! The sequel is soo worth seeing!

SIMILAR MOVIES: Most superhero movies.


Ivan Vanko: If you could make God bleed, people will cease to believe in Him.

Tony Stark: The question I get asked most often is how do you go to the bathroom in the suit…
[pauses with eyes closed]
Tony Stark: …just like that.

COINCIDENCES: Natalie’s real name is Natasha. In real life, we met a Natasha who turned out to have a real name of Natalie.

Music: Atari Teenage Riot – Sex