I want so much to love this movie but… – Avengers chronological re-watch, film #4
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow
Director: Jon Favreau
Synopsis: 6 months after revealing he was Iron Man, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) has been keeping up his appearance of Playboy turned Superhero while behind the scenes hiding the fact that the core keeping him alive is also killing him. While trying to figure out a cure, and insisting that Iron Man has essentially caused peace by being so advanced, a new enemy appears….one that seems to have the same technology that Tony has even though it was created by his father Howard….or was it?
Opinion: The thing about doing a re-watch of a series is that you have to sit through movies that you don’t really enjoy and as much as I love Iron Man as a character, I’m sorry to say that this movie is the weakest of the three. The story seems like it’s trying to include too much in it with a in-curable disease plaguing our hero, a big bad guy that has some weird twisted (and way too quickly brushed over) link to Howard Stark, a Tony & Pepper storyline and the big Avengers influence finally arriving. Now this is the major one because suddenly Natasha is in the picture and Nick Fury has also become more than just a fleeting credit scene and you as the viewer are suddenly piecing together all the links between S.H.I.E.L.D, Howard Stark, Nick, Natasha, the Avengers name, building a team…..all while everything else is happening. Yes, I understand that this was the big official ‘hey we have a Universe’ film but it just felt like too much all at once. Even if they hadn’t been sure in previous films if the universe was going to work, it would have been acceptable to include more information within them and if it didn’t oh well. It’s not like there have never been movies before that hinted at a sequel than never happened. Anyway, not to totally shit all over the movie, it does have its typical Iron Man entertainment throughout with the witty dialogue for Tony and the fun (and somewhat very explosive) action scenes. For the most part the cast is pretty great with Sam Rockwell especially pulling out a fun performance, but it is in a way overshadowed by the cringe that is Mickey Rourke. No matter what you say about him, I have seen him play some incredible rolls over the years but unfortunately this just wasn’t one of them. It was such a farcical portrayal of this bad Russian guy with his weird hair, tacky gold teeth and terrible accent. I don’t know why he thought overacting the part was improvement but in my opinion, it just made the scenes he was in hard to take seriously. Okay, even though it may sound like it, I didn’t hate this movie, I just didn’t love it or even like it heaps…..it was fine, fine with some fun bits in it.
Fun Facts: Back to normal Marvel behaviour again with an end credit scene and another quick little Stan Lee cameo. This time also be sure to have your star spotting shoes one because there are some fun appearances throughout that I so had not been aware of prior to this watch *cough cough* Elon Musk.