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Would "Asshole Man" been a better title?

  • May 7, 2010
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Forgive the parlance, but I can't think of a better name for an irresponsible man who gets loaded, straps on a suit of destructive armor and starts using his laser beams to trick shoot fruit and vases in a crowded room full of people.  Tony may have seen the error of his ways in the first movie but with those troubles behind him theres plenty of room for his fast lifestyle and inner jerk to come out in this one.

Iron Man 2 is THE most anticipated Summer movie of the year and it goes without saying that it's been a long couple of years since the first installment.  Is the wait worth it, absolutely.  I have no idea why peole are immediately knee jerking to this one with bad press when it is NOT warranted.  Make no mistake about it; the first film was a God send transcending a known Marvel Character from back burner status in the public eye to household name and this film follows up on the goods with more action, heroes, villains, hardware and expanding the Marvel universe even more. 

Six months after the events of the first movie, Tony Stark is definetely in the public eye with his new Expo, shake ups in his company and of course his status as Iron Man, a man who has put a signifigant dent in hostile World Affairs.  He's also gotten pretty loose and furious with his womanizing and carefree attitude due in no small part that his reactor is slowly poisoning him and coupled with the US Senate uptight with Tony's possession of what they see as a deadly weapon and fear that other nations will start building their own  More bad news, Justin Hammer a third rate weapon manufacturer is now the perferred developer for US tech and Tony and Hammer have a not so friendly rivalry and even worse, that means Jim Rhodes is now a Hammer Liason for the US Armed Forces and this puts a strain on Tony and Jim's friendships.  Things get even worse when a Russian Physicist knocks on Tony's door and is seeking revenge for his ruined family that Tony has an indirect connection to.  Theres really nowhere to go but up but thankfully, unlike other comic book movies this one-like it's predessor doesn't wallow in it's mellowdrama, even when the characters wake up the next day at the disaster their lives are and say "Well last night sucked"- They might say that, but it's followed up with "How many names am I gonna take today" afterword.

In short it's great, but theres some points of "it just bugs me" to get out of the way.  First is Gwenyth Paltrow who returns as Pepper Potts.  While we sympathize with her character on constant P.R. clean up for Tony's jerk assitude while taking over a new job, Tony and her share maybe ONE scene where she isn't shrill and screeching.  Get the ear plugs.  Secondly is the story of Tony's poisoning.  Comic fans know that Tony is a boozehound and even suffers alcoholism in the books.  Is the movie going world for a summer action movie aimed at kids and comic book fans afraid to suggest that it's heroes are stinking drunks sometimes?  It's the same story telling device softened up and used as a lead in to Tony having to dig deep to put together a new piece of tech and come back bigger and stronger then ever ultimately.  The poisoning arc SHOULD have been the drinking one cause I don't think they'll bother with that as a subplot for the third movie which is too bad since it's a big part of Tony's character.  Finally the finale.  While it's staged nicer then the first movies with more guns akimbo and action, it still suffers the same fate of having the final brawl for all, shall we say get shortchanged.  Lastly I think Garry Shandling was cast well as a busy body by the book Senator Stern, but c'mon.  GARRY SHANDLING is in a superhero movie.  Thats not right.

Now lets get to whats GOOD.  First off, I personally don't miss Terrance Howard at all.  It sucks his contract got tossed out but Don Cheadle rocks as the somber Jim Rhodes and when Jim has to step up and put Tony in his place in a key scene, I KNOW they were taking from the comics and it was fantastic.  Secondly is Justin Hammer.  Sam Rockwell takes the book character from an old corporate head and turned him into a young ham who is ready with lipservice and empty promises.  You can tell this guy is in the arms race for armor suits for the money and has no passion exposing his hollowness and ineptness.  Third is WAR MACHINE.  An Iron Man suit loaded with firepower.  It may be a fanboy thing to see for me but I still loved it.  Finally, Robert Downey Jr has a great and unwashed face for the first half before springing into action for the end.  You can tell he's seen better days but again, no moping around aloud in this movie, say a brief one during Tony's "arc" where he hones his craft and kills some birds with one stone, or repulsor beam shall we say.  Lastly, unless I missed her in a scene the credits are nice enough to let us know that Tony's receptionist, Mrs. Ahrobrghast is in here too and that they are at least showing comic knowledge of other characters.

Being the second in a three picture trilogy it makes the right moves of more character development and interaction and putting the good guys through some rough patches and transitions before the third and final one where we can expect to see hopefully everyone standing proud and tall.  Will we get to see more suits like Silver Centurion in the finale?  How about seeing the Mandarin or Crimson Dynamo as villians?  Will Happy Hogan get a date with Pepper?  Heres the big question will IM3 stand better then Superman, Star Wars, Spiderman, X Men, and others when it comes to the third film?  Thats where the real tech will come into play, the writing and story kind.
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May 07, 2011
Great review, not sure how the third flick will hold up with those others in your question.
May 07, 2011
With Favreau gone and talk of being more political..........yeah, I'm smelling doom. If Iron Man 3 can be at least as good as this movie then all should be well.
May 10, 2010
I liked this movie, but I was actually wishing for a bit more action in it.  It felt a little unbalanced.  It's good because much of what it does is kind of fun.  Although, yeah, Paltrow was... yeah, screeching in every scene.  Each time I felt like she would've been better off being played by Katherine Heigl... since Heigl seems to do a good job of playing... well, yeah.
May 10, 2010
The sad thing I actually LIKED Paltrow in the first one and hear she could break glass. Again like I said I know I'm supposed to sympathize with her given a hard job not made easier by Tony being a jackass, but I'd like to think that anyone could play the role and make it compelling for us to watch her. She is better then the mom in the second Transformer movie though. Believe it or not, I have not seen Katherine Heigl in anything other then under Siege 2 way back in 95.
May 08, 2010
I guess I need to go see this over the weekend.
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Iron Man 2 is a 2010 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name from Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures. It is the sequel to 2008's Iron Man, and the second film in a planned trilogy.  Directed by Jon Favreau, the film stars Robert Downey Jr., reprising his role as Tony Stark.

Tony Stark has revealed his identity as Iron Man and is resisting calls by the United States Government to hand over the technology. Ivan Vanko has also duplicated the technology and built weapons of his own, creating new challenges for Stark.

The film held its red carpet premiere in Los Angeles, California, on April 26, 2010 and in France on April 28, 2010. It was released in the United States on May 7, 2010.

After the high-flying adventures of the firstIron Manpicture, the billionaire arms manufacturer and irrepressible bon vivant Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) finds himself nursing a hangover. But not like any hangover he's had before: this one is toxic, a potentially deadly condition resulting from heavy metals (or something) bleeding out of the hardware he's installed in the middle of his chest. This is the problem Stark needs to solve inIron Man 2, not to mention the threat from resentful Russian science whiz Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), whose father helped create the Iron Man technology. There's an even bigger problem for the film: the need to set up a future Marvel Comics movie universe in which a variety of veteran ...
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Director: Jon Favreau
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: May 7th, 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Studio: Marvel Studios, Paramount Pictures
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