Showing posts with label gwyneth paltrow. Show all posts
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Iron Man 3...Tony is RDJ

Initially, I'm not open in the idea that Iron Man would be successful movie. I didn't know Robert Downey Jr. and he looked old for a superhero role.  But everything changed when a friend of mine let me watched the first sequel of this Hollywood flick. 

There I finally appreciate RDJ as Tony Stark. The character was well-established, elaborate and absolutely, interesting. He might be super rich and super genius, but you could relate with his antics.  He was frank, playboy, business minded and self-centered.


Though I prefer the storyline of part 1 and 2, Iron man 3 is good too. I like the idea that Pepper(Gwyneth Paltrow) has the chance to have extra power other than her usual influence to Tony.  Apart from that, it is also better that  there's no big emphasize in jealousy or forming love triangle. It just enough to give extra love factor but still the basic foundation is revenge.

What I don't like in the story is the conflict- machine versus super human strength. It's not equal for me. But then that's the catch, a powerful machine versus super human strength. And it takes many Iron Man robot to defeat that main villain - Aldrich Killian ( Guy Pearce) .

And though it's sort of cheesy, the kid ( Ty Sympkins) there plays significant role. Instilling the value of being simple, humble, pure and passionate. If not because of this child, may be Tony lost his purpose and succumb to anxiety attack.

It also funny that there are bloopers in between and some technical glitches. It provides the feel that Tony is like anyone- smart but clumsy, rich but in mess. 

Tony stark's ex girl friend (Rebeca Hall) gives an idea that bitterness and greed can't help you to find peace and genuine happiness because in the end, she finds her self slave of someone's power. Good thing, she also regrets and understands everything before she bids goodbye.

The main villain - Aldrich is also cool in such a way that from being an ambitious geek and fan of Tony, he's able to step up and fight him. Yes he's a perfect example of a man that has empowered actions but with right motivation. It could have been good if he just aspire to beat Tony Spark in terms of business and invention. But unfortunately, he resorts to self-destruction.

That scary tv terrorist is annoying.(period) 

Action scenes are overwhelming so as the effects. Having many robots may give 'wow' factor but it also overshadowed small details. Anyway, since this flick is science fiction and superhero plus all about Tony Stark what we can expect. 
Overall, the time and money that I spend to watch this film is worth it. Tony Stark alone is actually enough but having cool visual effects, romantic  ingredient and much of moral values this is movie is like mouthwatering clubhouse with refreshing iced tea.


Of course, most of the actions of Tony Stark are not acceptable as values. But in this particular sequel, audience will learn that wrong moves produce monsters.

In life, because of our aspiration for something big we also find ourselves lost. We forget our main goals and neglect important people. The good becomes bad and the right turns wrong. Then everything falls and wasted. Being humble is the key and being with people that will be your support system.     

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Country Strong...musically striking

Since hearing her songs in the 90s Cruisin (duet with Huey Lewis) and Just My Imagination (duet with Babyface), evidently Gwyneth Paltrow has voice for singing. In fact, it’s considered late for her to have Country Strong. Anyway, Kelly Canter is very fit to her and she embodies her effectively.


If you are into music most especially in country genre you'll love the movie. The actors have great voice (whether or not they're singing their pieces). I commend the three singers in the story Paltrow, Garrett Hedlund, and Leighton Meester. You can distinguish their unique images and styles. Meester’s Chiles Stanton is really for pop country, Paltrow’s Kelly is country ballad superstar/diva, and Hedlund is the heartthrob hardcore country singer.

I watched Troy (starring Brad Pitt, Eric Bana & Orland Bloom) before but I didn't notice Hedlund there.  Apart from that he takes major role, he's handsome and macho in this film. Meester on the other hand is charming and pretty. Although, in the first few sequence you will not like her character Chiles because she's ambitious and looks brainless.

Sorry but I don't know Tim McGraw prior to this film. But it's interesting to learn that he's the real singer among the major cast. You'll love and hate him for being the husband and manager of Kelly.  In some point, this trait is confusing too. You don't know what James’ aims for his wife. Does he really care about Kelly's health? Is he still loves her?  But based in his dialogues he does so I like him. Anyway, though McGraw looks old he has appeal.

The screenplay is well written and even the direction.  There's balance among the four major characters and even if there are no flashbacks, you’ll know them well. They are satisfactory established through dialogues and their actions.  I like the way the writer compressed sequences to exude the plot and subplots and prolong significant scenes for you to appreciate the endearing moments of each character. 

However, I think the way the director -writer Shane Feste presented the movie is not appealing for everyone particularly those who are not into musical movie and country or acoustic music.  And it takes time for me to appreciate the chemistry between Hedlund and Meester because of their physical features, he looks uncle of her.


Kelly is like Stacee Jaxx played by Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages, they are fallen stars not because their time is up, but because of their attitude problem.  Kelly is fragile and loses her passion as her husband notice.

If I’m correct she started to become alcoholic when she had miscarriage while performing and it was discovered that her blood had alcohol content. I guess being in the scrutiny of the public also add to her guilt.  And because of her emotional dilemma other thing she had is not important anymore. Unfortunately, her career is the only thing she has apart from the care of his manager husband.

It’s tough indeed- if only all the people can understand what you’re going through.  But of course you can’t please everyone nor can you push them to accept your mistake.

If you have someone like Kelly in your life extend your patience and show your love to him/her. You don’t need to tolerate her but you need to provide the best help that you can think of. Alcoholism is an illness that will always lure her and the worst scenario of course is to die because of it.

If you are like Kelly who’s in agony, don’t resort to alcohol. It can make you numb from pain for hour(s) and probably drives you to euphoria. But still the problem is there and you make it worse than you can ever imagine. Instead, remember your blessings and count them. Feel the presence of your love ones. Think of your future- you can have your dreams once you are able to pass your test today. And don’t forget there’s hope which you can take if you’re still alive and kicking. Don’t lose your faith in yourself and faith in God, it can make you super stronger.