(Re blogging: I have gotten into a bad habit of almost never blogging, and then doing it only when someone comments about my lack of blogging. So, this one's for you, Sita!)
I saw both Sex & the City 2 and Iron Man 2 a couple of weeks ago and, in a case of seriously low expectations, found both of them a lot less objectionable than the originals. But I am worried that this is a bad sign.
To review: Iron Man 1 pissed me off greatly because the message was: In order to become a superhero who will usher in world peace, all the arms-deaing Robert Downey, Jr. character needs to do is invent a super advanced weapon system that is shiny and red and he can wear and lets him fly, like a man-shaped Corvette with guns and wings.
But in Iron Man 2, when Robert Downey, Jr. tells a Senate committee he is responsible for world peace, it's supposed to be obnoxious and over the top, not, like, totally true. Refreshing! And once that issue was addressed, I was able to just enjoy the rest of the huge-metal-things-colliding and Scarlett-Johanssen-as-a-ninja-who-moves-in-inexplicable-slow-motion elements of the movie. Escapist fun!
And Sex & the City 1 pissed me off in a less political, more personal way because Carrie ended up with Big even after he dumped her at the altar. (Ahh, but the personal is political! Like how Carrie marrying Big is relevant to ... well, who knows, but that's probably a separate blog post.)
But by SATC 2, the philandering, commitment-phobic Big had been replaced by a Bigbot homebody who wants to get takeout and watch TV in bed. Not believable, but I no longer despised him. And once that was clear, the rest was ... well, not good exactly, but it kept me amused. Sometimes unintentionally. And sometimes (as with Samantha's making out in public in Abu Dhabi and then getting arrested for it) in a horrified-giggling kind of way.
So it seems I prefer the sequels because they omit something I object to, even though they don't have anything else much going for them. That's not great -- it's like eating only chicken fingers and cheese quesadillas, or something. (And I do like a cheese quesadilla.) Not sure where I'm going with this. Should I perhaps watch fewer big-budget movies that are bound to be fairly mediocre? Or should I just not think too hard about why I like them or don't like them?