Iron Man 2 versus An Education

Friday, Tina and I saw “Iron Man 2”. We haven’t been to see a movie at the theater in months. I had a bee in my bonnet to go, so we went.

It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I’m always a little disappointed when a clip from the trailer doesn’t make it into the movie. The scene where Iron Man and Pepper are in the back of the plane and Pepper kisses his helmet and throws it out the back for him to get … didn’t make it.

But otherwise, it was pretty good.

Jon Favreau loves to overlap non-chalant delivery of dialogue, and he did it to the hilt during this movie. Sam Rockwell did okay (just okay) as a bad guy. Robert Downy Jr. didn’t give me as much cockiness as I thought he delivered in #1. There were even some moments that required me to roll my eyes (the drunk scene could have been handled better, Favreau).

Scarlett Johansson was eye candy in more ways than sex appeal. If you knew me, you know I love to see a female kick ass (Kill Bill 1&2 and Nakita are some of my favorite action films). In some ways, I think her scenes were choreographed better than some of the CGI bullshit.

The sound engineering was up there, and I wasn’t disappointed by the volume during this movie. I’ve been in movies in which I have to ask the theater more than once to turn up the volume. I haven’t had this happen in some time.

Tina and I got home around 7:30 bloated from a few handfuls of movie theater popcorn. We decided to make a salad for dinner and watch a copy of “An Education” we had here at the house.

When I like a movie … I mean really like a movie, I become giddy and energetic. I could stop the movie at any point and point out four or five things I am in love with. I could have done it with “An Education.” Photographically, it was perfect. Casting was top notch. Cara Seymour as Carey Mulligan‘s mother? How perfect was that. Performances were nailed. The director needed Alfred Molina to pull off the dad. It was a huge undertaking. And I’m not being hyperbolic. He did an amazing job.

Carey Mulligan did everything right. She pulled off the dainty opposite of a Lolita with grace and precision. In any one scene, you could fall in love with her four times. Her facial acting goes from perfectly school girl to wizened adult in an arc so beautifully portrayed I think I could buy a tape of Mulligan walking around her house just so I don’t have to miss out on her day to day activities.

I loved “An Education.” Loved it. If you have some time, give it a whirl. I hope you would be as impressed as I was.