Showing posts with label robert downey. 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.

Review:

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.

Reflection:

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.     

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows...is Sherlock is Robert Downey Jr.


Before Iron Man, I don't know or I don't care who Robert Downey Jr. is.  Initially, I thought he looked old to portray a superhero. But when I finally watched the entire film, I started to admire Iron Man and him as an actor. So, whenever he has new movie I’m interested to see that.

Review:

A lucky guy that he is, Iron Man is not only his huge hit because, he has Sherlock Holmes (SH) too. If I like the first sequel of it, I’m also pleased with Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

Though in my opinion, Tony Stark (alter ego of Iron Man) and Sherlock Holmes have almost the same character such as being brilliant but arrogant weird. It just they exist in different time, different set up, wear different suits, different side kick (Jarvis and Dr. John Watson), and love interests.

However, Sherlock Holmes offers vintage tone action-comedy.  The tandem of Downey and Jude Law (Dr. Watson) is something you look forward. Together they can produce funny moments, death defying scenes, unparalleled partnership and rapport. Whether they are close or not in real life, you'll not ask since they have chemistry on screen.

As Dr. Watson, Law can't be just any sidekick or support. He can stand alone in term of his character and acting.   I don't find him attractive physically but in accent, acting, and imaging- he's captivating. Other than The Holiday, Hugo (I hope to see Road to Perdition) and this film, I don't see any movie of him but by just watching these three I can say he has versatility.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 

Compare to the first sequel, Rachel McAdams has very few exposures here though I think her character disappearance will solve in the third installment.  In replace of her, Noomi Rapace (Swedish film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo & Prometheus) played a gypsy from Paris Madam Simza Heron who went to London to find her lost brother. I can't see any indication that she's potential love interest for Sherlock but she's valuable accessory in the story. I hope there’s more spice to her character if there's another chance that she will be part SH again.

Unquestionably, the cinematography, setting, production design, costume and props are in sync to the theme of the movie.  That dark brown ambiance alone sets mood. You can easily recognize that the story happens in the old English time.                              

What can say about special effects especially those time-freeze action scenes? Unique, emphatic and fantastic.  I like every time Sherlock calculating the moves of his enemy and his possible counterattack. But the outstanding scene for me is when they are all running from the French police who are firing them with guns and canyon.


SH 1

I don't know if this is real one but if not, that castle in edge of the river is sort out of place in the theme. Although in the scene where Sherlock is battling with his arch nemesis Prof. James Moriarty (played by Jared Harris) it makes sense.  That final battle is subtle but very intelligently executed.

Do I like Sherlock Holmes because he's played by Robert Downey Jr? No, i like Sherlock Holmes because he's Robert Downey in different dimension.

Reflection:

In work, each of us has own method in solving problems. We maybe subject of questionable eyes based in our appearance, image and past performance but in the end what matters is the output that we can give.

When you treat your job as something that is more than just source of your income, no task is hard to finish, there's no demanding part of it, your coworkers are your best buddies and you enjoy it as part of your lifestyle.

It is easy to perceive that Sherlock’s work is very demanding and Sherlock himself is odd to put his life in it, but you know he didn't care because he enjoys it a lot with his buddy.     

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Avengers… the monster outshines the heartthrobs


I admit I’m bias to Ironman because he’s my favorite among The Avengers and Chris Evans is my crush so let’s say that Capt. America is special too.  Definitely, it’s a treat for me to see both Ironman (played by Robert Downey) and Captain America in one movie. However, surprisingly, it’s not only them that I notice.
Review:
                If you’re into superhero, sci-fi or fantasy adventure movies, The Avengers is definitely for you. Each one of the characters has something to offer.  I didn’t watch Thor (Chris Hemsworth), I didn’t know Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and the only thing I know about Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) was she’s part of Ironman 2. Nevertheless, they had important parts and they were very entertaining to watch in the film.  As the only woman, Black Widow was not a muse but femme fatale.  At last, there’s a work of Johansson that I like.
                Actually, I have questions with regard the whole thing about S.H.I.E.L.D.   I’m sort of lost when it comes to details and some characters.  And I find it corny that the main four avengers realized to join force only after Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) died, what’s with this guy?  But that’s okay I don’t concentrate on that because even the minor loopholes and boring parts were forgivable and forgettable.
                My favorite parts were almost all about Hulk played by Mark Ruffalo.  His Hulk (the character played before by Eric Bana and Edward Norton) was different because it’s seriously comedic. I laughed when he punched Thor when they landed side by side, when he woke up Ironman by his loud growl, when he smashed the giant fish like space ship, when Dr. Bruce Banner (Hulk’s human alterego) arrived in the battle area by his rusty scooter, and when he alternately tosses Loki (Tom Hiddleston).  For the first time he’s not the lost and helpless hero, he’s funny and in control.
                But I also like when Ironman and Thor fought, when Capt. America’s leadership ruled, when Hawkeye shoot his arrow without looking, and Black Widow fought Hawkeye when he still under spell of Loki.  
                There were so many fight scenes but you can’t say they are too much or too little.  And in fact, it's good thing that there’s no so much romantic scene (oh well I like Ironman and Pepper's -Gwyneth Paltrow- tandem) for it might spoiled the entire thing although it still has human touch. 

Reflection:
In reality, it is indeed very hard to join different individuals specifically if they’re achievers.  If you are the moderator, you respect their superb qualities and you don’t want to mess with them. But somehow if they  too demanding and very consistent about it, in the long run you might lose your admiration to them.  

Because of being proud of who they are individually, many possible things turn into impossible and immaterial. There are groups that have strong members but never win even a single battle and that’s because of lack of teamwork.  And teamwork is not about politics, it’s about contributing what you have and willingness to be either follower or leader for the greater good.