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Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2

What He said:

He

This was not as good as the first one. I just wanted to get that out of the way. It seems to suffer very some classic sequel symptoms; they tried too hard. The action, humor, even performances by some of the actors were simply too much at times. Instead of going with what worked so well in the first one, they took elements of it and simply put it on the film version of steroids.

Even some of the effects looked fake. I never quite understood that. How exactly does that happen in a sequel? After successfully showing me things that are completely unrealistic in the first movie, but presenting them in a totally believable way, the technology somehow looks worse in this one. Not the whole movie, but certain parts definitely did not look the same. The Ironman suit looked amazing in the first film. Still does in parts of this one, but there's certain times where the movement looked quite bad.

That's not to say the movie as void of any enjoyment. There's still some very funny parts. Robert Downey Jr. has Tony Stark nailed. I already knew that after seeing the first film, but this movie reinforced it. As a geek who is familiar with the character, I can vouch for his performance's quality. He portrays all aspects of the character so well. His intelligence, charm, arrogance and even the little things like Stark's relationships with all kinds of characters. Though nothing major, I really enjoyed how they carried over the banter between him and one of his robotic "helpers".

There are also still some entertaining action sequences. They are hit or miss though. Some are good and others are simply anti-climatic. There would be a fairly boring one, but then another would suck me back in.

There were a few new characters, but they did not add anything unique or memorable. Oh, except Sam Rockwell that is. He was hilarious as Justin Hammer, who is pretty much the anti-Tony Stark.

All that being said, I'd still kill to have one of Ironman's suits.

Rating: Thumbs halfway up.

This movie review was written for your reading pleasure on October 17, 2010.

 

What She said:

She

People LOVED this movie when it was in theaters in May. I even heard some people say it's better than the first, and that's a rare feat for a sequel. Well, I'll say that I certainly enjoyed this movie. It was fun, with lots of fights, and lots of humor. However, there were times that I felt like it was trying too hard. I mean, they really packed a lot into just a couple of hours. You've got your villain, played by a scary Russian Mickey Rourke. Then you've got a rivalry developing between Tony Stark and Jim Rhodes (aka War Machine). On top of that, we meet Scarlett Johansson, an assassin guarding Stark. Of course, Gwyneth Paltrow is still lusting after him. And on top of that, Stark is not-so-slowly being poisoned to death.

It's a lot going on all at once, although I can't say it was particularly hard to keep straight. It was just a little overwhelming. Overall, I feel the movie attempted to advance a broader storyline, but somewhat failed because it got so caught up in the action and jokes. There was a constant struggle between the here and now, and setting things up for future Iron Man and Avengers movies. I think ones of the characters I enjoyed the most in this movie was Justin Hammer, the failed weapons guru played by Sam Rockwell. He's such a cheesy sleaze bag, and Rockwell does a fabulous job playing him.

I did find the film entertaining, and only feel asleep for about 5 minutes, which isn't too bad for me. So, I'll recommend it as a popcorn flick. I just don't think it was quite as good as the first Iron Man.

Diagnosis: Thumbs between half and 75 percent up.

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