Today we went to see Iron Man 2 after dh got off work. Now I have to admit after seeing the first movie I was really looking forward to this film…then I read the reviews and my enthusiasm began to wane. The reviewers talked about the film being ‘too pleased with itself’ and some sites implied that the film didn’t care about ‘entertaining the movie goer’. This really worried me, since we’ve all seen follow up movies that don’t live up to their previous film.
Now that I’ve seen Iron Man 2, I’m not sure what movie they’re talking about. Tony Stark is still way over the top, but there are reasons for his outlandish behavior. He’s not just being a dick and when he is, he’s still pretty funny. I don’t want to give too much away, but I found the changes he goes through convincing for the character. Mickey’s character could’ve used a little bit more depth, but he pulled off the grunting, psycho, slim-ball well enough. I thought Scarlet had one of the best fight scenes since Jessica Biehl took on vampires in Blade Trinity. In fact, her fight scene was one of the best I’ve seen in a movie lately–period. I like Don (the replacement for Terrence Howard), but I actually think Terrance would’ve been more convincing in the role of friend given the last movie. Terrence being in the part would’ve added depth to a few of the scenes that called for a break in friendship. (They would’ve been more emotional and thus more convincing.) Gwen and Robert were fabulous. Sam Rockwell was entertaining, but it felt like he was playing the same role he played in the Charlie Angels movie. It’s disappointing, considering how good he was in Moon. I wish Olivia Munn’s part hadn’t been cut to nothing. I’m sure she would’ve done a great job bantering with Robert/Stark.
All and all, I thought the film was a lot of fun. We definitely plan to see it again. If you liked the first one, then you should enjoy this one. It’s one more layer to the bigger story. Rock on Iron Man. 🙂