I'll start with the loser of a movie, The Specials. In this movie, there are the in-crowd superheroes and the loser superheroes, vying for dominance in the superhero action figure market. There are some funny bits (I liked the running gag with Minute Man, meaning small, not 60 seconds, and he's very sensitive about it!), but overall, this one is a dog. If you're a fan of superhero movies, pick this one up for a laugh, but don't say I didn't warn you.
|Can he really levitate? Or not?|
3 1/2 stars.
The violence and depth of this movie surprised me. The violence, graphic and frequent, fed the story, which was interesting and involved. This wasn't a perfect movie, but it was defintely enjoyable, one I wouldn't mind seeing again.
3 1/2 stars
Finally, Iron Man 2. I don't have much to say about this somewhat predictable, but action packed and enjoyable blockbuster. Top-notch special effects, great action sequences, and an entertaining performance by Robert Downey, Jr., add up to a fun (but ultimately rather forgettable) movie.
2 1/2 stars
I'll still watch and enjoy the big blockbusters, but I think cut-rate superheroes are more my speed. These stories address the need, not only of the pathetic and lonely among us, but of all of us, to reclaim a sense of power and efficacy in our daily lives. None of these wanna-be superheros has superhuman powers derived from an alien source, genetic mutation, or exposure to radiation. But each has felt victimized, neglected, or rejected, yet still was willing to take some risks and take on evil in their world. More power to them.