I watched Iron Man 2 this morning. Matinee. It was okay but upon reflection, I mildly resent myself for perpetuating shit art. I mean, how lazy is it to call a sequel “2”? Whatever happened to epic movies taking pride in their successful continuation? Spielberg and Lucas did it with Indiana Jones and Star Wars, and even though they’re just as irrelevant as Iron Man 2, you can still refer to “Raiders” or “Empire” as favorites instead of “the first one” or “the second one,” as I do with Back to the Future (which I hate to love).
I’ll get over it.
It’s not like I didn’t enjoy my two hours of escapism, but the pleasure is just as cheap and gratifying/pacifying as a fat man gargling a fried Twinkie. It’s without sustenance and in the long run, it’s toxic. I didn’t learn anything about being human by watching Iron Man 2 and I wasn’t moved by explosive aesthetics. I didn’t expect to be intellectually roused, of course, but after not having to think for two hours, I feel a little robbed of humanity. Hence, from this day forth, I’m going to avoid what I consider “movies” over “film” and ideally, I’ll seek out more active forms of entertainment (e.g., strippers and/or films that require content deconstruction over passive participation). I did that about a decade ago with books but even now, I can’t help but feel as though the damage from all the Stephen King and Anne Rice “Twinkies” I devoured is done.
Iron Man 2 did, however, have an interesting line by Mickey Rourke’s Russian character that I found wonderfully Cold War-esque. It was in a brief debate over the superiority of manned iron man suits versus remotely controlled ones. And I loosely quote: “Drones are better. People mess things up.” It was such a profoundly literary statement that it interrupted my mindless captivity and inadvertently had me siding with the impoverished communist villain over the decadent capitalist hero. See what happens when you write in a little brain food for a zombie audience? They turn against you.
On a mostly unrelated note, I had a very long zombie nightmare last night, the second in four days. I welcome any exorcising suggestions you have to offer.
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