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I once again lament the lack of a "ZERO STAR" rating on Flixster, because this is one of those times when such a rating is absolutely necessary. This is not a movie. Nor a film. This is a series of random, lazily-edited, loud, poorly-shot, and generally terrible images pieced together to form a barely-coherent story about killer birds (or maybe I should say, "killer pigeons from a Windows 97 screensaver"), thinly veiled as a cautionary tale about the environment. This is too bad to even be a cult hit; it makes "The Room" look like "Metropolis". It's absolute garbage, and I shall, in no way, shape, or form, ever want to watch this film again - not even for the soulful stylings of Damien Carter or the hilariously bad boardroom scenes. James Nguyen, may God have mercy on your wayward soul.
I really truly liked this movie. Robert Downey, Jr plays Tony Stark as much more of an asshole here, which I didn't mind; it's what makes him an interesting/unconventional superhero. True, there are plot elements that don't make much sense (like synthesizing a new element) and some of the actors don't work (Sam Jackson isn't trying hard enough, and Scarlett Johansson is just meh), but for every such instance, there are two or three that make the movie work. I loved the party scene/fight between War Machine and Iron Man, and I liked Mickey Rourke's Whiplash as well. Jon Favreau as the wacky sidekick didn't do anything for me, though; if he did as much here as he did in the first Iron Man (next to nothing), I'd have appreciated him more. All in all, though, RDJ is what makes this film so damn enjoyable; I'm almost positive that if he weren't in it, a lot of what I loved about it wouldn't have been the same. The fact that he had such a profound effect on my enjoyment of the film is a double-edged sword - does he complement the movie or MAKE it? - but I'd prefer to not worry about it too much. This is a great superhero movie; I've seen it three times, and I still want to see it again.