Iron Man 2
Yesterday, the Great Ursus and his Lovely took me to see Iron Man 2. As you can imagine I was kicking and screaming at being dragged. Not. On the way out I disgusted Boy and his friend by saying I'll need a Tena Lady for the experience. Tee hee. I do like being vile, it keeps him on his toes.
As a pre-birthday treat I was taken to a lovely Turkish restaurant. An unassuming cafe that serves the most amazing food. Yum, yum. And then Iron Man 2.
What can I say? Robert Downey Jr was fantastic as the tortured Tony Stark. It's rare to find such a rounded portrayal of a character from a comic book. The humour is sharp and biting. His bouts of self-destruction are cringing, especially balanced against his humanitarianism. His relationship with Pepper Potts could have been more central, but it's enough. The dynamite in the mix is Scarlet Johannsen's character (who kicks some serious arse, always a pleasure to see a woman in tight black doing so). There were slow bits that probably will have die hard action movie fans yawning, but I quite liked the variations in the pace. The soundtrack was unashamedly rock. It all added to a highly entertaining few hours. And yes, I will go for a second viewing.
The trailers for this summer's viewing look more than entertaining. Amongst the offerings:
- The A-Team - a rehash of the cult 80's TV series with Liam Neeson as Hannibal.
- Robin Hood - after Kevin Costner's version, I'm ambivalent. But Russel Crowe is lookin rather good.
- Knight and Day - Tom Cruise's latest offering. I'm not a fan, but it looks fun.
- Prince of Persia - Jake Gylenhaal looking very, very scrumptious.
Looks like it's going to be a fun, movie summer.