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03:43 pm: Iron Man 2 -- Wow!
'Nuff said.

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From:dirigibletrance
Date:May 9th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
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Srsly. It was the bomb.
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From:arhyalon
Date:May 10th, 2010 10:53 am (UTC)
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It took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out what you'd written. ;-)
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From:dirigibletrance
Date:May 11th, 2010 05:25 am (UTC)
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So when are we going to get an over-opinionated and ridiculous review of this movie from a certain fedora-wearing-windbag that we all know and love?
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From:arhyalon
Date:May 11th, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
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I'll suggest it to him. He really enjoyed it. So I'm not sure he'll have much to say.
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From:saintjoi
Date:May 10th, 2010 02:05 am (UTC)
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Couldn't agree more!! I got to go to a midnight showing (at the biggest screen west of the Mississippi, haha!) and the entire audience was enjoying the film the entire time. A very worthy sequel.

Also, Tony Stark in the Senate hearing: HOT.

Just sayin'. :D
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From:kokorognosis
Date:May 10th, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
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It's really hard to be fresh and exciting twice in a row. I think they may have come close to pulling it off, though.
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From:arhyalon
Date:May 10th, 2010 10:52 am (UTC)
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I liked this one even better than the first.
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From:princejvstin
Date:May 10th, 2010 10:14 am (UTC)
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I didn't think it was quite as good as the first. That might be because of inflated expectations and the fact that the first vastly exceeded my modest expectations for it.
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From:arhyalon
Date:May 10th, 2010 10:53 am (UTC)
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Expectations make a huge difference. I didn't have any for either film. I enjoyed the first one, but the second one was more particularly about things I like.
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From:princejvstin
Date:May 10th, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
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Please, elucidate. :) What are those sorts of things? (I can make some guesses--Tony's personality change vis a vis the fairer gender, for example)
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From:arhyalon
Date:May 11th, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC)
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1) My absolutely favorite scene -- I could watch it over and over -- was Tony in front of the Senate making his "I just privatized World Peace speach. I loved that.

2) I am a sucker for the "I'm dying but I haven't told you, so you don't know why I'm acting this way" plot line.

3) I really liked the thing with his father.

4) Less fighting more banter. (I love banter.)

5) The fact that he figured out he loved Pepper.

6) Nick Fury!!!

7) I particularly liked the Liberal Agenda line.'

8) I actually rather liked Ivan Vanko...he was evil, but I had a kind of affection for him. I sympatized with his goals even if I didn't want him to succeed. I didn't much care for the villain last time.

9) I could have done without Hammer. He was a jerk.
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From:princejvstin
Date:May 11th, 2010 01:05 pm (UTC)
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Good list!

I think Hammer was a wannabe weenie that really only was dangerous when he teamed up with Vanko. He talked tough but really didn't have what it took.

After all...consider "The Ex-wife" versus what Vanko was able to do with Hammer's resources.
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From:arhyalon
Date:May 11th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
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I loved the Ex-wife plot line. When Rhodes pulled it out, I thought...they can't use that now. They haven't shown how impressive it is yet. If it fails that kind of ruins the whole point.

The outcome that it was a dud was perfect!
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From:partywhipple
Date:May 11th, 2010 01:32 am (UTC)
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I was so amazed by the first that it was probably never going to be possible to top it in my mind. I was blown away by the first because it took a character I cared NOTHING about in comics and made him extremely interesting. That said, I really liked this one.
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From:arhyalon
Date:May 11th, 2010 12:28 pm (UTC)
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I do agree with your assessment of the first one. I just felt this particular story line had a wonderful mix of elements that appealed to me personally.

Ping-Ping, on the other hand, was lost because the banter was too quick for her too follow. She also doesn't know who Thor is. ;-)
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From:noahdoyle
Date:May 11th, 2010 03:29 am (UTC)
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Thoroughly enjoyed it. The development of the characters (Oh, we'll see Hammer again, of course - and Rhodes!), they way they'd worked in various armor changes that only long-time Iron Man fans would get, to say nothing of the action - I had a lot of fun. I especially liked the nod part-way through to another upcoming Avenger, and the post-credits teaser... :)

The trailers were a pleasant surprise, though. Super 8 (JJ Abrams and Spielberg monster movie?) might be neat, and Inception (DiCaprio as an industril spy/thief in a setting where dream 'invasion' is possible; very Matrix/Dark City) is very intriguing.
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From:arhyalon
Date:May 11th, 2010 12:29 pm (UTC)
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We're quite looking forward to a lot of the movies coming up.

#1 without question is The Last Airbender...which looks like it might be that amazing phenomena, a movie actually true to the source material.

But Robinhood, Prince of Persia, The A-Team, Karate Kid, and Spy Next Door all look promising, too. (My daughter loves Chung Long (Jackie Chan), so she's really looking forward to those last two.)
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