So I find myself constantly waffling in my resolve to stop caring about X-Men movies. It. Is So. Hard. So here I am, reeled back in by the promise of badass Japanese ladies and a script that won’t make me want to bash someone’s head in, watching the sequel to the horrific X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Which turns out to be a sequel to the also horrific X-Men 3: The Last Stand. Yet somehow, even with all the bad taste left in my mouth from its predecessors, I found myself basically enjoying The Wolverine.
Following the previous investigation of old-guy former CIA operatives, Red 2 sees the adventures continuing for Frank Moses (Bruce Willis), his girlfriend Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker), and his best friend Marvin (John Malkovich). The three find themselves at the center of a conspiracy involving a decades-old nuclear device hidden somewhere in Moscow.
This Independence Day, it was HOT. So the boyfriend and I made it a movie theater day primarily for some cherished air conditioning and ample servings of beer/cider. First up was Man of Steel, a movie neither of us particularly wanted to see but it was 143 minutes of cool indoors and it has Michael Shannon, so we had to show some support. Zach Snyder’s re-vamping of the classic superhero stars Henry Cavill as the legendary alien baby who is shipped away from his crumbling home planet of Krypton just before it collapses in on itself, landing on earth in rural Kansas.
An adaptation of the comic (which I haven’t read) that tries to steer clear of the trappings of the previous film version, Dredd is a tight action flick that’s heavy on gore and light on stupid jokes. Set in a future where the land between Boston and Washington, DC is a giant walled-in metropolis and justice is doled out by police-executioners, the film follows the first day in the field of a young psychic “judge”, Anderson (Olivia Thirlby). Though less than skilled in police work, her mutant abilities get her partnered up with the best judge in the force, Dredd (Karl Urban).
I didn’t see any particular need for Iron Man 3 but dammit they reeled me in with two things: Shane Black, and Pepper Potts donning the suit. I’m easy, as you guys probably know. This time around Tony is still reeling from the cataclysmic events of The Avengers, suffering from insomnia, paranoia, and panic attacks. He works obsessively on more and more Iron Man suits, alienating his girlfriend Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow), who is also the CEO of his company. When a mysterious terrorist calling himself “The Mandarin” (Ben Kingsley) begins targeting American landmarks and Tony’s friend/former bodyguard Happy (Jon Favreau) is caught in a blast, Iron Man is back in action.