I’m going to change the format of my Monday posts a little bit. I find I spend too much time browsing various websites reading articles and looking at cute pictures. Yes, it’s fun, and I enjoy sharing these links, but it doesn’t really enrich my life at all. It’s a lot of time I could better spend doing something else, like working on my novel. So instead, I’m just going to write a review on Mondays, and leave out the links. I went through my Google Reader and unsubscribed from a bunch of blogs I’ve been reading, leaving only the ones that really add something informative to my life – mostly blogs about writing.
And now, we return you to your regularly scheduled blogging.
I loved the first Iron Man movie. I thought it had a decent plot, good action, good acting. It was an all around great movie. And Robert Downey, Jr. was in it. That’s always a plus. Iron Man 2 was released on my birthday. Happy birthday to me! Browsing news articles a week or 2 ago I saw one with a headline that hinted it wasn’t good. I didn’t read the article. I didn’t want to know if it sucked. I wanted to go in and figure it out for myself.
It didn’t suck. Far from it. It was a good movie, and I recommend it if you like action/superhero movies. But it wasn’t as good as the first one. I’m pretty picky about movies, even moreso about action movies. I’m not a big fan of cheese and predictable or unbelievable plots. So if I say an action movie is worth seeing, chances are you’ll have an even higher opinion of it than me.
Months ago it was announced that Terrence Howard was not going to play Roadie again; instead, Don Cheadle would take the role. I was extremely disappointed in that, for 2 reason. One, I thought Howard did a great job in the role. Two, I don’t like Don Cheadle. My expectations were pretty much met on that front. Cheadle had a small role in the movie, thankfully, but I didn’t feel that he brought anything special to the screen.
Scarlett Johansson had a relatively small role as well. Her fight scenes appeared to be digitally enhanced to give the illusion that she moved extremely fast. I would have preferred a “natural” fight scene with no enhancements. Give the girl some more training and let her do her thing. But there weren’t many of those. It’s honestly a little hard for me to judge her character since her role was so small.
Sam Rockwell, while he did a fantastic job in the moving “Moon,” was very annoying in IM2. I know that’s how his character was supposed to be, and he did a great job at it, but it got old. He plays Justin Hammer, the slightly geeky weapons specialist who tries way too hard to be cool and amusing. He had a larger role in the movie, much to my chagrin. His part in the story was left pretty open at the end, and I see the possibility of a sequel with him in it again, since there’s no real closure on what happened to him.
Micky Rourke did a GREAT job as Ivan Vanko. I was extremely disappointed he had such a small role. I wish they would have expanded on his part of the story, and made Hammer’s role smaller. I think this is the first movie I’ve seen Rourke in, but I want to see more now. He brought the character to life.
Robert Downey, Jr. and Gweneth Paltrow’s roles were pretty much the same as the first movie, so I won’t go into details there. I will say if you’re looking for the scene in every preview where she kisses his mask before he jumps out of the plane, forget about it. It was cut.
Storywise, the movie wasn’t all that different from the first one. Guy who hates Tony Stark somehow manages to harness this technology that is so advanced, Stark estimates no one else will be able to replicate it for at least ten years. Bad guy builds his own twist on the Iron Man suit then comes to kill Tony Stark. Stark, of course, saves the day. I would have liked to see a different action plot. A friend of mine asked, “Have you read any comic books? The plot is always the same.” No, actually, I don’t read superhero comic books, so I honestly didn’t really know that. So I guess that makes it ok, since it’s a superhero movie.
Overall, I give Iron Man 2 3.5 out of 5 stars. I do think it is worth seeing in the theater.
Oh, and stay to the end of the credits. As with the first movie, there is a scene after the credits that, I believe, sets the stage for The Avengers movie.