Quick From Off The Shelf Reviews: ‘Iron Man 2’ (2010) & ‘The Final Destination’ (2009)

Iron Man 2 (2010)iron-man-2-still-war-machine-mark-v-570x320

After ‘Iron Man’ put the MCU on the right course, the sequel had lots to live up to. Unfortunately, it couldn’t live up to its predecessor but that doesn’t means it still wasn’t a great movie. The great acting of the cast, lead by Robert Downey Jr. in his signature role as Tony Stark (and this wasn’t even his best Stark performance), and the fun story that pushed forward the overall MCU narrative helped make this movie another win for Marvel. It’s not one of the upper tier MCU movies but still a win. What held this movie back from reaching greater heights was the low amount of action and blah villains. The end of the movie tries to amp the action up a tad but it’s still nothing memorable and it does away with our weak villains very easily. They gave Iron Man issues during the movie but it was never to the point that if we didn’t already know Iron Man was going to live, we would have thought he might be in some trouble.

RATING: Must Own

 

The Final Destination (2009)the_final_destination_4

With this installment of the ‘Final Destination’ franchise, if you didn’t think more of these were clearly being made for the money than this one should easily persuade you. I’m a fan of the series but this is my least favorite of the bunch.It starts out with the franchises signature opening accident scene that sets the rest of the movie in motion. I enjoyed this one, which takes place at a race track, because I like seeing all of the violence but the graphics/special effects didn’t look that good and the things that led to the accident seemed more forced than usual. Almost like this one had an invisible villain named ‘Death’ unscrewing screws out of fences and whatnot. That vibe was felt throughout the movie which was kind of annoying.

When it came to how are leading man, Nick (Bobby Campo), saw his premonitions of the next deaths, I could tell that the filmmakers were trying to be creative but it didn’t work for me. It came off as just a bunch of random things popping up and somehow Nick was able to make some pretty decent theories based off of them. The whole idea, you could tell, was only thought of to work with the fact that the movie is in 3D. The acting and the script were another low part of the movie. The whole cast was pretty sub-par, even for a movie like this, but whoever Haley Webb is (she played Janet), she was by far the worse.

The movie was funny though. When George (Mykelti Williamson) talks about how he kept failing at killing himself, I was dying…no pun intended. Also when the racist in the movie said to George, “Your times coming chocolate!” I was rolling because is that supposed to be an insult? Seriously, who wrote that hahaha. But anyways, like I said earlier, this is probably the worse movie in the franchise but I’m able to find some entertainment out of the all the violence.

RATING: Might Rent

 

P.S. Once again here is my rating scale. There are four different levels. Below is each level in order from best to worse and what each one means.

Must Own = A movie that is so good that I must add it to my Blu-ray collection when it comes out.

Would Accept as a Gift = I enjoyed the movie but don’t necessarily have to buy it (especially if I don’t have the funds to) myself but I would take it if someone bought it for me.

Might Rent = A movie that if I have the urge to watch again then I’ll just rent it from somewhere or Netflix it.

Never See Again = Very simple. I don’t want to ever see this movie again.

 

(Photo Credit: Kofi Outlaw – http://screenrant.com/iron-man-2-story-problems-kofi-60445/; Sarah Dobbs – http://www.denofgeek.com/us/movies/final-destination/245533/ranking-the-final-destination-movies)

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