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While not lacking entertainment, Iron Man 2 fails to be what Iron Man was

  • Mar 31, 2011
The United States government is now demanding of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) that he hand over his advanced armor technology to the military. Stark publically refuses in a fashion that gets him a lot of negative attention. Though one day Stark is attacked by a man named Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) who has technology of his own that might be on its way to being able to defeat Stark. Vanko now possibly has the technology to make a suit even stronger, and more advanced than Stark's. Meanwhile, Stark's body is being poisoned, and he is slowly dying. So Nicky Fury, (Samuel L. Jackson) member of SHIELD, tries to offer help to Stark, revealing new technology that can save Stark's life. And Stark must team up with Lt. Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes (Don Cheadle) to defeat their new, and powerful enemies.

To be honest, Iron Man 2 just did not work for me. I know right off I will receive a lot of negative comments and votes for this review, but I really did not care for this film that much. To start with, I did not like the first film near as much as everyone else did, I thought it was a really good film, but all of the 100 and 90 ratings were too high for me. But what Iron Man had that Iron Man 2 didn't was a decent story. The story in Iron Man 2 fails to keep a consistent tone. At one point Stark is battling Ivan Vanko and trying to keep his technology, and another involves a whole different story about the "Avengers Initiative". I admit this was not a very big part of the story, but I thought Iron Man 2 really lost itself in that time, which really hurt the film in my book.

Also, I honestly felt as if I was watching a comedy. Iron Man perfectly mixed humor and action, all while still keeping the film dramatic when it needed to be. Iron man 2 does not at all do this. The character of Tony Stark in this one was really annoying at times, and it just didn't work for me. The party scene where Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle face off was just plain stupid in my opinion. I did find the film funny at times but, by the climax when the audience is supposed to be at the edge of their seat wondering what will happen, I honestly just didn't care. It was way too predictable, the ending was obvious the whole time, and there was absolutely nothing at all for the audience to worry about. Which realy just did not sit well with me, this film may have worked for some, but it just did not live up to the first for me.

However, I did give the film as high as a 50 for a reason. There were definitely good parts to it. For one, the acting was almost as good as it was in the first. Robert Downey Jr. is as funny as ever, and still, even though I had problems with a character, did a very good job with his performance. He really plays the part of a funny, not very serious action hero very well. But my biggest issue with the cast was Don Cheadle taking the place of Terrence Howard. Don Cheadle may be a talented actor, but I don't really care for him. On other hand I do enjoy Terrence Howard, and thought he did a much better job playing Lt. Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes. Even though Cheadle's performance was good, I really preferred Howard in this one. I respect Mickey Rourke as an actor, and he was funny at times, but I cannot say too much about his acting here, especially after Jeff Bridges played the bad guy in the first film. And of course I never have any complaints for Samuel L. Jackson, even if he wasn't in the film very much.

Iron Man 2 also had fantastic visual effects going for it. I am not usually one for explosions and mindless action in films, but at least I can say they made it look good. It was nominated for an Oscar here, and it really was well deserving. All of the action sequences involving the suit are very well done, so that really made the film more enjoyable for me.

Overall, Iron Man 2 has its good points, and has its bad points. Unfortunately, the bad points were extremely hard for me to get over them, and it really hurt the film in my eyes. The series may be known for its over the top characters, mainly in that of Tony Stark, but in Iron Man 2 I think it was just too much for me. There is obviously good points, in the acting and the effects. I don't have a lot to criticise for the actors, most everyone did a good job here, and the visual effects were top notch. But in the end this film may work for a lot of people, but for me it just didn't.


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May 07, 2011
Yeah the first one was much better, great review.
March 31, 2011
Excellent review! I somewhat tolerated this movie the first time I saw it, it had some good points as you've said, but I dunno, it just didn't sit well with me and felt too Hollywood-ish to me. I liked the first movie, but honestly while it was a good start for shellhead, I have major problems to its characterization. Hey, this one had Scarlet LOL! Thanks for posting this review to our community! I hope you saw the newsletter...
March 31, 2011
Thanks! Good to see someone else noticed some of the same things I did :) and yeah, I saw it!
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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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