Saturday, May 8, 2010

Iron Man 2 is capitalist propaganda for the zombie hordes

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.




19 comments:

Mario Speedwagon said...

Yeah... stuff blew up and Sam Jackson is a perpetual bad-ass... That's what I took from it... My gripe is far more simple: No Black Sabbath in the movie! I'm sure Paramount would be less than delighted to hear the lines "In the fields the bodies burning, as the war machine keeps turning".... Instead, Wal-Mart is selling "AC/DC: Iron Man 2" as the movie soundtrack, when I only recall two AC/DC songs in the actual movie! That is just a lie.

I still thought it was a kick-ass movie and I will probably watch it again because I am a consumer whore.

Julie Buz. said...

Blast, I just wrote the longest comment, and it went bust. Humph. In a nutshell, then:

- I completely agree,
- I've even stopped watching telly for the same reasons,
- Akira Kurosawa is the way to go.

:o)

C. Andres Alderete said...

Mario "Speedwagon," HA! Yeah, I not including comic book movies in my self-righteous abandon. I still want to see the Avengers in whatever form it presents itself.

Thanks, Julie. It's the thought that counts. I always copy my text before posting because that always happens to me too. There are only a couple of television programs I still watch on TV, usually the news until I can't stand it or The Daily Show. I love John Stewart.

Silly Swedish Skier Says So said...

Wild. I had a zombie dream the other night too. It involved being on lots of paths at a camp where zombie camp counselors would hide. But each of them that popped out was someone I knew and I'd call him each out on his makeup and then play catchup in the ditch. Weird.

Andrew Clunn said...

If you lean left then Iron Man 2 is propaganda. If you lean right then Avatar is propaganda. if you lean left then The Hurt Locker is propaganda. If you lean right then An Inconvenient Truth is propaganda.

See if it agrees with your narrative about politics and reality, then it's 'edutainment' otherwise it's propaganda. Glad I could clarify that.

Megan said...

Yeah, I found my self just staring at the screen for long periods of time. "Ooh! Shiny!"

But overall I enjoyed it. I was afraid Rourke was going to be a bit too much, but he wasn't at all.

C. Andres Alderete said...

They're taking over, SSS.

Andrew, you're, like, soooo philosophical.

I enjoyed it overall too, Megan, and I'll likely watch whatever other crap Marvel produces. It's tragic.

f8hasit said...

Outside of the fact that I have a crush on Robert Downey Jr., I'm not going to the movie. If it just happens to pass mine eyes by way of cable, then I might sit through it. But I don't buy into hype.

Case in point. I've not seen Avatar either.

And I won't be seeing the next Mission Impossible either.
Bah.

Lora said...

um, I had two zombie nightmares in two days. So, as much as I would love to comment about my lack of enthusiasm re: IM2, this zombie thing has me creeped out.

JennAventures said...

What about movies WITH strippers?

C. Andres Alderete said...

Yeah, the only reason I watched Iron Man 2, Nancy, is because I have a crush on Don Cheadle.

Hey Lora, since you and I are so amazingly psychic, when the zombies attack, we should join forces and fight them back to back.

Jenn, the only problem I have with stripper movies is that there aren't any "no touching" boundaries that I can challenge after a dozen beers.

Chindiana said...

To battle zombiephobia would probably be, after waking up in a cold sweat just go look at your bank statement and then figure out how you're going to buy that house by the beach or travel the world living la vida loca. The last thing on your mind then would a a zombie holocaust! Keep doing that till zombie dreams are nothing more than an episode of the powerpuff girls as you'll then have more issues to worry about! (Thats what i did after an aunt told me my apartment had a little spirit kid running around and I had sleepless nights for a couple of days)

Chrissy said...

Just accept the fact that occasionally you enjoy "dumbing yourself down" to join the likes of the rest of us.

C. Andres Alderete said...

I'm afraid it's a little more threaded into my subconscious than goal-oriented thinking will cure, Chindiana. The only solution unfortunately is "removing [my] head or destroying [my] brain."

Chrissy, I do occassionally enjoy "dumbing down" but we call it "code shifting" in the elite world of intellectualism. It's exhausting.

Chrissy said...

See? I was too dumb to even know that.

sonya said...

you should stop watching zombie movies, stop reading zombie books and stop drawing zombies. and yes...kurosawa is definitely the way to go. next thing you know you'll be dreaming about asian princesses and agile hands. seven samurai is amazing.

C. Andres Alderete said...

You guys are killing me with this Kurosawa reference. I'm on it.

The Edwardian Gent said...

Regarding your zombie nightmares: stop going to large chain cinemas and watching egregious movies with the hoardes? Just an idea.

C. Andres Alderete said...

A fine idea, Gent, but I have to understand my paradox before I can destroy it.

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