Iron Man 2
What He said:
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
All that being said, I'd still kill to have one of
Rating: Thumbs halfway up.
This movie review was written for your reading pleasure on
October 17, 2010.
What She said:
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.