Toon’s Review: Iron Man 2 – 5/10

I hate stupid people, almost as much as I hate traffic. Tony Stark at various points in the movie keeps checking his “Blood Toxicity Level”, which is steadily rising. At 56% we catch a close up of a very concerned looking Tony Stark, at which point a man sitting behind me remarks “Hey, is that a bad thing?”.

Stupid people, Scarlett Johansson is a little stupid looking I must say. I might have spelled that wrong but I could care  less since her acting is also quite incorrect, if I want eye candy I will happily open up a magazine. At least there I don’t have to put up with a formerly blonde bombshell doing cart wheels followed by her making a stupid face at the camera.

I digress as I often do. ‘Iron Man 2’ is a completely average movie, strip away the stars and you have a very poorly written story and very basic action scenes. The direction and cinematogrophy is again plain and typical. Nothing exciting save a few slow motion moments, one that almost veered into Bollywood territory. The only redeeming quality of this film is from a set of superb performances that make far better material out of a shoddy script.

‘Iron Man’ was a very average movie made good thanks to a refreshing role by Robert Downey. ‘Iron Man 2’ on the other hand is a near terrible film, made decent due to a brilliant turn by Sam Rockwell. This guy is a bloody hero in a half shell in every role he plays, and he is a welcome scene stealer in this film. Downey was exceptional as usual, its a crime that this indecent script gave these two actors absolutely no time on screen to develop a rivalry. This sentiment presents itself through out the movie. It is a mix of too many ideas and too many plot points, none of which are presented well. Tony Stark’s fall from grace is awkward, his anger towards Rhodey becoming War Machine was poorly developed and absolutely no time was given to the Hammer vs. Stark dilemma.

‘Iron Man 2’ is an unsatisfying film, the action was pathetic and the film as whole has no personality or style save Rockwell and Downey. Jon Favreu’s last movie before ‘Iron Man’ was ‘Zathura’, he got away with it a few years ago but his inept ability as a director is clearly evident in this utterly bland film. Maybe the inherent problem lies in the Iron Man suit itself, it is a fancy terminator. He is just not as cool as Green Lantern.

Buddy boys.

There's that face.

Toon’s Review: Moon – 8/10

Thoughtful yet brisk, ‘Moon’ has classic science fiction piece written all over it. Sam Rockwell delivers an exemplary performance(s) worthy of a golden statue that is very much overdue in his name.

Sam Rockwell, already preparing to hold an Oscar in his hand.

What a little twisted gem of film. A very rare and idea impending science fiction film enthralled in human emotions that keeps lingering on the edge but maintains its poise perfectly. Hard to find, impossible to find in fact so I can be very sure of the fact that hardly anyone who reads this review has seen ‘Moon’. A limited release film that has been making rounds around the various festivals that span our  globe from Venice to Sundance, this infatuating film has been garnering every kind of positive attention and respect. So, I really wanted to know what all the fuss was about, and I am so glad I did.

Home is far, far away.
Home is far, far away.

‘Moon’ is a film set well within our Earthly time lines, but nothing precise, describing a world in which the energy crisis had simmered to its apex, and at the peak of human desperation clean fuel was finally discovered… on the moon. The discoverers’ of this divine solution of course infected it with corporatism and developed bases on the moon to harvest the energy. Enter Sam Bell, played epically by Sam Rockwell, a man approaching the last few days of his three year contract in which he was required to inspect and maintain the automation of the moon base. For company, Sam has the curiously friendly resident robot named GERTY (voiced by Kevin Spacey) trolling about, and occasionally he has the chance to send and receive video messages to his wife and daughter back home. There are no live communication feeds however, something which plays on our protagonist. Being alone for three years all alone is a daunting task and can shape a man in phenomenal ways, such develops a mystery and a mind wrenching plot in ‘Moon’. We are enveloped in Sam Bell’s emotions as he begins to lose his tangible grip on reality, soon discovering the implausibilities in his surroundings, the uneasy feeling that something just is not right. And of course it is not, or is it?

What's GERTY up to?
What’s GERTY up to?

This film is a character piece, and such a brilliant one at that. Sam Rockwell delivers his performance with such depth that it makes it so easy to comprehend his nature. Without giving much away, Sam is creatively more than one character in the film, and almost patronizingly different yet he handles each of his mood sets so effectively. Duncan Jones was a complete unknown before ‘Moon’, more and more over the past few months his name is making the rounds in every big Hollywood studio and it is blatantly obvious why once you this film. The cinematography is so small scaled yet so precise, but the most impressive feat of this film is how well Jones handles the portrayal of Sam Bell. And again I just can not describe it because it would defeat the purpose of discovering what this film is truly about.

Thinking about ‘Moon’ is very satisfying, just because there is a lot to think about. GERTY was a very interesting little digital monkey, and it was almost perplexing trying to understand its mentality through out the film. It at times does things at the behest of Sam’s mental state, yet at times when Sam was in utter distress it placed a literal comforting arm on his shoulder and even cared to offer some warm food… with the after thought to ask if he wanted some extra hot sauce on it. Usually all these robots have something quite underlying and sinister programmed in to them and their voice, but GERTY’s occasionally polarizing behavior possibly exemplifies the most accurate A.I. ever seen on film. After you this movie, just think to yourself the one line GERTY keeps saying when he is questioned… “I’m here to help you, Sam”.

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