In The Future, We Will All Be Heroes
Chinese dumplings and ribs. It doesn't get a whole hell of alot better than this.
The movie of the day isn't Iron Man 2. We watched this last weekend while the Wifey had Chinese food and I had chicken fried steak with eggs and home fries. Yeah. It made every bit as much coherent, cohesive sense as the movie. Of course, then, if you consider the source material, there's no end of ways this could have gone horribly, horribly wrong, so it's pretty much a mark of honor that they made it through two hours of story telling without the thing going completely off the rails-- which, dear readers, if, in your judgement, it did, I would not dispute you. But we leap-frogged over at least a half dozen glaring logical gaps easily enough to view the thing to completion without much tribulation. The three worst things about it were also the best: the acting, the plotting, and the CGI effects.
The acting: Sam Rockwell and Gary Shandling make for VERY convincing assholes. Excellent acting, guys. Please go the fuck away.
The plotting: Every single bit of the overstuffed plot was, in some way, reasonable. So nothing in this overstuffed bullshit burrito could be arguably cut wihtout damaging the overall plot arc. Translation: we're goddamned lucky it wasn't THREE hours long.
CGI: I have no clue where to start. Suffice it to say that, as a fan of F1 racing, within about two minutes of the Grand Prix sequence, I observed "F1 cars don't spin out their tires like that,*" --producing clouds of smoke like a NASCAR (boring) or IHRA drag racer (boring and nasty) would, for no goddamned good reason at all, and "Yep-- that's definitely Monaco they CGI'd all those cars into." It was so beautifully faked it was disgusting. And then there were thos damned electrical whips on Mickey Rourke's arms, which alternately sliced through steel and were grappled like lariats, both utterly believably. Great stupid effects.
Happy Thanksgiving, y'all.
*And the only car that spun out its tires was Tony Stark's. Weird.