Saturday, May 8, 2010

Rhodey looks different...

This afternoon I had the pleasure of seeing Iron Man 2. Let me tell you, I was very entertained. Although some other reviewers didn't like it, I definitely did. This film had a lot of action, a lot of humor, and a lot of content. Whereas some critics say it had too many subplots, I think all the necessary pieces were there and in place, the pieces just happened to be bigger ones.

Tony Stark is as cocky as ever, doing what he wants publicly, while still defending the people and being brilliant. He also had to defend the Iron Man suit from the government and a competitor in the weapons making business, Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell). Underneath all the cockiness and arrogance, Stark is vulnerable and has issues. Issues that I won't tell you about. You'll see as soon as you see the film.

Hammer hires Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), a Russian physicist who is out to get the Stark family because he believes his father got screwed over by Howard Stark (Tony's father), to help replicate the Iron Man suit. Rourke does an amazing job acting. Period. Interesting things happen. Stark and Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow) develop their relationship a little, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is back and a new assistant to Stark shows up (Scarlett Johansson). Rhody (Don Cheadle) is back, but isn't Terrance Howard anymore.

Lots of big names. Lots of action. Lots of humor. Good music. Extremely entertaining. Also, make sure you stay after the credits because there is an extra scene just like the first Iron Man.

The highly entertaining Iron Man 2 runs 124 minutes and is rated PG-13. I really enjoyed this film and give it 7 ramheads out of 10. (The first was better.)


Monday, May 3, 2010

ALICE! (The classic version)

I never liked this movie as a child. I liked things that I could understand, identify with, and enjoy. Disney's Alice in Wonderland (1951) was none of those things for me as a child. It still isn't many of them now, but I can definitely appreciate the cartoon classic a lot more nowadays.

Supervised by Walt Disney himself, Alice is considered one of Disney Studios finest works. It looks great, is presented great, and is a great length for a Disney cartoon. I'm not the biggest fan of some of the music (the songs with the choir from Peter Pan).

This movie is confusing and weird, but that's how it is supposed to be. As a nearly 21 year old adult, I like it and can accept that it doesn't always make sense.

After seeing the new Alice in Wonderland (2010), I'm not sure about this cartoon classic's ending. It irks me. Besides that and a couple songs, I really enjoyed this classic.

Alice runs 75 minutes and is rated G. (Show this to your kids and kid siblings and kid cousins and the kids next door.) I give this classic cartoon a solid 8 ramheads out of 10.

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