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Iron Man 2 (2010)


Why is Tony Starks such a total d-bag all of a sudden.

Wealthy inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) — aka Iron Man — resists calls by the American government to hand over his technology. Meanwhile, Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) has constructed his own miniaturized arc reactor, causing all kinds of problems for our superhero. Sam Rockwell, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle and Samuel L. Jackson co-star in director Jon Favreau’s sequel based on Marvel comic book characters.

After seeing Iron Man, back in 2008, I was totally in love with Iron Man, and the series that was to be. However, I can’t say that I enjoyed this one as much.

First of all, the writing in this film is very top-notch compared to the first one. I can’t remember the last superhero movie that I actually laughed, or chuckled, the whole time through the film. There’s a huge deal of one-liners, that work, and some do not, but it was just better to get a not so serious superhero film.

I think the main problem with this movie is that it has the same thing all superhero films go through: sequelitis. Sequelitis is when a sequel to a very famous film, gets too over-powered with characters, run time, and overall too much story. The film starts off fine with good action here and there, but by the 1 hour mark gets totally dry beyond belief. For a long time, there just wasn’t anything happening, other than the fact that Starks was a total alcoholic (without the film really saying it), and some scenes with Rourke and Rockwell being bad boys. If you take away the sexy people, and big explosions, you really just have a film about one arrogant defense contractor, against another arrogant defense contractor.

Many elements to this story could have been better but instead were just dry. The villain Ivan Vanko is actually a good one surprisingly, mostly due to the fact that the film sets him up to be this totally intimidating guy, with lightning bolts for hands, and a Russian accent that would make Ivan Drago crap his pants. However, the films waters him down with not enough screen-time showing him doing nothing bad or villainous, and showing more evil from Rockwell’s character. The addition of Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson makes no sense what so ever, other than just trying to hype up the Avengers films, which are starting to get pretty annoying now. Listen, I understand that sometime in the future there may be an Avengers film, but in the mean time stop hyping it up to the point, of where there seems to be no use for a film to hype it up, rather than a film that’s just hyping another film up anyway. I know that last sentence was totally confusing, but its hard to explain.

I will admit however, the film does show great action when it does have it, and the actors are able to fill the shoes. Downey Jr. is perfect as this charming, sort of snobby millionaire Tony Starks, and you can really tell why he is a perfect choice for this type of super hero. Paltrow is doing what she does best, playing the strong female companion, with enough sense to be believable. Don Cheadle is also replacing Terrence Howard, and does well with picking up the scraps from Howard’s previous performance, but he just is not on the screen as much as I think he could have been. Sam Rockwell is the real star, and totally steals almost every scene he’s in, and shows how superhero villains are supposed to be played even without all the crazy action.

Consensus: Iron Man 2 has charming performances from the cast, good humor, and enough action to satisfy, however, hits a block in the middle of the film where it lags on, and starts to become a cheap, lame excuse for the Avengers movie.

7/10=Rental!!!

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14 responses to “Iron Man 2 (2010)

  1. Frank Mengarelli May 14, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    It seems that most of us are coming up with the following:

    Rourke was good, but he really isn’t given much to do and his character isn’t developed.

    Tony Stark isn’t as charming as he was in the first film.

    Johansson was lame.

    Rockwell was the standout.

    Nice post.

  2. Ross McG May 15, 2010 at 12:41 am

    agree with Frank’s comment.
    your review read like a 5 out of 10, which is what the film deserved.
    a few okay moments, but the more you think about it, it really was just a pile of shit, wasnt it?

    • CMrok93 May 15, 2010 at 4:00 am

      Yeah, I don’t know those last couple of action sequences still were pretty bangin’. Also, I’m not trying to be too much like Aiden’s review.

  3. Steven May 15, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Great review. I think “Iron Man 2″ might be better on second viewing.

  4. Fitz May 15, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Tony falling deeper and deeper into alcoholism actually sets up the storyline for Demon in a Bottle.

  5. Heather May 15, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    It was certainly a flawed movie. For me I’m not holding it accountable for not living up to my expectations, but I do hold it responsible for not living up to it’s potential. It could have been a far better movie than it was. Still, it will be a fun and passive viewing when it hits DVD.

  6. Lisa Marie Bowman May 15, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    It wasn’t a terrible movie, it was just kind of bland. Robert Downey, Jr. gave a good performance but the character just wasn’t that interesting this time around.

    Great performance, as everyone else has noted, from Sam Rockwell, though.

  7. Ross McD May 15, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Man, I can’t get my head round all the hate!
    This film is great fun, that scene when Stark is drunk in the suit is pure gold.
    I do agree that Rockwell rocks the shit though

  8. Olive May 16, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Agree with Frank & Ross. The great line-up of actors was completely underused.

  9. roisinaobrien May 16, 2010 at 10:18 am

    I agree with Olive, Frank & Ross :)

    I also felt that the film was weighted too much towards action – The first one had a good balance, but, as you said, if you take out certain “flashy” elements, there’s just a shell of a film left.

  10. Castor May 16, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    I disagree with all of you. This is one of the crowning achievement of cinema and a film that will be remembered and talked about for the decades to come.

  11. Marc May 21, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Thinking about more and more, it seems the only thing I’m able to recall (aside from Rockwell being awesome) is that I feel the Avenger push was a huge weak link in this movie. It felt forced and took the place of some more important (and missing) character development. Maybe a little less subtle…and even though she looked good, get rid of Black Widow for now at least.

    But, like a rollercoaster, it was fun and enjoyable…just a bit forgettable afterwards.

  12. Mystery Man October 26, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    My problem with this was that they seemed as if they were trying too hard, they changed (ruined) Rhodes by brnging in Don Cheadle who did nothing more than bitch and moan the whole film, and they hyped up Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko. The guy shows up as a total badass, then disappears for most of the movie. WTF?!?

    At least in the first one, Stane was the bad guy all the way through and just took it to the next level at the end in that Iron Monger suit.

    If/when they make IM3, they just need to stop with all this drama and break out the Mandarin and Fin Fang Foom and give some good ol’ mindless comic book style action. nothing more, nothing less.

    Of course, they’ll probably toss in another 4 or 5 villains in there as well as some more Avenger stuff and ruin the whole thing.

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