My Most Anticipated Films of 2014

Muppets Most WantedFor the first time in a while we have a year without a Pixar film.  I tend to put all Pixar films on my anticipated film list every year, but The Good Dinosaur was delayed until 2015.  That will mean two Pixar films will be on my list for 2015, however, and I’m very excited about that.  I’m pretty excited about this year’s movies, however, with the end of The Hobbit capping the a year filled with Muppets, superheroes, robots and biblical epics.

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Iron Man 2 – Another Marvel Comics Movie better than the First

Like many of you, I saw Iron Man 2 this weekend.  It was actually the midnight screening on the local (real) IMAX at Celebration Cinema.  I had a great time with this movie, and felt it was far more fun than the original.  It also had a greater sense of pace and handled a good number of leading characters very fairly and even handed, with much dignity for them all.  Even Black Widow was handled with proper respect for the character.  Having read some Black Widow comics, I was fully prepared for the character to be a very poor representation of the original, and was pleasantly surprised.

All of the action was turned up a few notches, and there wasn’t a very poor and generic villain that nobody had ever heard of this time around.  Instead, we had two villains to worry about.  An odd business tycoon that served as the generic villain of this film, but then an actual member of the Iron Man rogues gallery: Whiplash.  About time, Favreau.  The first film felt too much like Ang Lee’s Hulk by the end, with a villain that nobody really knew about, nor cared about enough to love to hate.  Granted, he wasn’t that extreme, but you get the idea.

What did I mean, about movie being better than the first?

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