If you're not with this franchise by now then this won't change anything. The story is still ridiculous, the writing is super melodramatic, the acting is poo but yet there is still some tiny small amount of fun to be had before the absolute cop out ending which just seems to be put in place to have every single character get exactly what they want with very little struggle or strife. Thank God it's over and let's hope it's a while before this franchise gets the reboot treatment.
If it ain't broke don't fix it, which is exactly what Abrams and crew do with his second installment in his rebooted Trek franchise. Slightly flawed but any flaws are glossed over as this is perfectly blistering summer blockbuster entertainment. Terrific stuff, with Cumberbatch making for one fine villain.
You don't watch Enter The Void. You EXPERIENCE Enter The Void. Definitely not for everyone, but an incredible level of technical achievement and inventiveness. A bit long and a bit too intense for some, but underneath the bleakness and despair, there is something rewarding in there. You just have to be patient and look really really hard. As I said, an experience.
There's plenty of style and flash in Baz Lurhmann's adaptation of one of the greatest novels ever written and this is a far more enticing affair than the last effort, but Lurhmann's version, for all it's richness and grandeur is actually incredibly hollow once one scratches beneath the surface.
The A-list are suitably decent yet all it is in the end is all surface and very little substance.
Definitely a step up from the lackluster Iron Man 2, but for some reason this doesn't exactly feel as disciplined as the first movie in the series. Still, this is most certainly a Shane Black movie through and through, with Black and co-writer Drew Pearce infusing the script with a great wit and humor that most films lack. Plus Downey Jr. and Paltrow are on great form as are the villains this time around with Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley having great fun.
If this is the conclusion of the Iron Man saga then it ends of a worthy note.
No masterpiece but a fun and worthy start to Marvel's Phase 2.