In Preparation For: Iron Man 2 and Thor
With Avengers: Age of Ultron coming out this weekend, a lot of (crazy) people are trying to do the ultimate Marvel movie marathon, watching Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avengers, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy all in a row. Well, we're crazy too. Yes, me and our other writer, Rob, will be watching all 10 movies, 20 hours and 48 minutes, in preparation for Age of Ultron, and we will be doing reviews for each film as we go. Some reviews may come out at 3 o'clock in the morning, but that's just how it's going to be. Keep in mind, we both seen these movies before. So, let's get started!
Iron Man 2
Iron Man 2 is the third installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, being the first sequel. It sees the return of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, who now acts as a guardian of the world, using his suit to protect the world. Yet the U.S. government is trying to confiscate the suit from Tony to use it as a weapon. Mickey Rourke plays Whiplash, who is trying to get revenge for the injustices waged upon his father. Rourke has some cool moments as the villain, but is ultimately forgettable. Sam Rockwell also plays Justin Hammer. While he is good as comedic relief, he fails in being a formidable villain. This movie feels rushed to get to The Avengers, but it still feels like an Iron Man movie with AC/DC and humor, which is more than I can say for Iron Man 3. So while it isn't the best, I still think it's decent.
In my opinion, this was the worst MCU movie, and after watching it again my opinion has not changed. All it is is a set up for what was to come later in the universe rather than keeping it a movie on its own. Easter eggs and tie ups are great, but not when it's the entire movie. Robert Downey Jr. was doing his thing which is pretty entertaining, but the villain Whiplash (Mickey Rourke) was down right laughable and not compelling at all. One standout was Scarlett Johansson, who gave a good performance as black widow and gave a good action sequence. Overall, though, this movie is a big disappointment and is the elephant in the room when it comes to Marvel movies.
Thor is one of the more interesting films of Phase One for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It introduces the more fantastical world of Asgard, rather than the darker and more realistic tones of Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. Yet, it has a realistic fantasy, in a way. It then takes Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a god, and puts him in the realm of land, where the fantastic and the mundane are juxtaposed next to each other, and it leads to many interesting and funny interactions. While the movie will drag on at a couple points, Hemsworth carries the film well, and we get a fantastic performance from Tom Hiddelston as Loki, the jealous brother of mischief. So while it can be kind of boring at times, I rather like it.
While Thor is a different feel from the other movies in the MCU, it is honestly a well-rounded movie. The action wasn't as great as some other Marvel movies, but the acting is what elevated the film. Chris Hemsworth portrayal as Thor was fantastic and a lot of the supporting characters were good too. The one character I didn't enjoy was Natalie Portman's Jane. I found her character dull and non-compelling. Also Kat Dennings' comic relief was not funny at all. When she wasn't on the screen however, this movie is very enjoyable to watch and a good opening to the god named Thor. With decent action and good acting it gets put as one of the better Marvel movies.
What do you think? Do you like Iron Man 2 or Thor? Are you looking forward to Avengers: Age of Ultron? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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