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Many things to comment on about this epic movie. Iron Man 2 is sure to be one of the best comic films ever. It definitely was way better than The Dark Knight. The one thing that I especially liked is that they replaced the character Rhodes with Don Ceadle who is a great actor who also acted in Ocean's 11. The fight scenes were great and this wasn't one of those movies where there are way to much special effects that it makes the movie bad like Transformers 2. Mickey Rourke and Robert Downey Jr. both equally give great performances. Jon Faverou makes one of the best sequels ever. I also like that they put War Machine in the movie, which was a original character in Iron Man comic book series. 5 out of 5 for this great film.
You know summer has begun when studios release the first summer
blockbuster of the year. Iron Man 2 is off to a great start with
starting summer. The film is deeper in the story, the characters are as
funny and charming as ever with the edition of some new characters, and
action to keep you happy and satisfied through-out the entire film.
In this film we see how Tony Stark is now a big celebrity and has helped bring what seems to be world peace. However, he has enemies on the move and are going to try and show the world that even Iron Man can bleed. So now with time running out and new mysteries about his own past to solve, Tony has a lot to do for this exciting follow-up to the 2008 blockbuster.
The film has everything the average summer movie-goer wants to see in a film, great action, beautiful special effects, well-written script, and characters that you just have to love. Iron Man 2 in my opinion is better than the first and is probably one of the best superhero films ever made.
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Why would you listen to someone who posted a review 2-3 months before the movie was released?. They were all wrong in my opinion. A previous reviewer noted a couple of instances where the critics were way off, and there were a lot more including the hanger scene with glasses moving around and having different levels in them. Guess he never saw the waiter filling the glasses, let alone the movie. Just my 2 cents. The movie was outstanding and action packed plus a good story line. Maybe better than the first. It's been awhile since I've seen it. So Judge for yourself, and don't listen to critics, they will only steer you wrong.
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Oh dear. The inclusion of all the elements is here - RDJ is great,
Scarlet Johannsen is lovely, fast cars, it's there, just that there's
nothing to tie it all together.
The right things in awful proportions makes this a very disappointing film. The cast is great, don't get me wrong, but they need to just *do* more.
I wanted to watch an Iron Man film. I don't want to hear about Stark's daddy issues, or go into great detail about his health problems. I wanted an Iron Man film - a cool suit of powered armour against powerful enemies with loads of action, adventure and fun. It's telling the suit doesn't make a decent appearance until right near the very end for the short, confused and anticlimactic fight we were sitting through we were waiting for.
We spend most of the film moping about Stark's personal issues and the action is almost entirely forgotten about until someone clearly realized it was *supposed* to be an action film and tacked something on the end.
Any time an action film turns to "resolving daddy issues" as a plot device (I'm looking at you, "The Mummy 3: Curse of the Dragon Emperor"), it's fallen far far from the place it was meant to be.
By the time the big finale did come about it was way too short, but by that time I was bored as hell and didn't really care any more. Boring. Just boring.
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The first Iron Man was a delight to behold. When Tony Stark eventually
took to the skies in his fully-operational red Iron Man suit and flew
to Afghanistan, the movie took on a giddy, magical feel not seen since
"Superman" with Christopher Reeve back in the day. It was so clear what
Iron Man could do and who his enemies were.
The same cannot be said for "Iron Man 2" which is lumbered with a script that is just dreadful and fails to deliver on every level.
Take the first scene between Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow. The makers must have been trying to do some sort of rapid-fire screwball comedy dialogue but all they succeed in doing is getting the actors to talk over one another so its hard to make out what's being said. What they say isn't funny or interesting either, it's all shallow sound bites.
Superhero movies are only as good as their villain, e.g. Doc Ock in "Spiderman 2" or Lex Luthor in Chris Reeves "Superman" movies. The villain in "Iron Man 2" is a Russian called Whiplash played by Mickey Rourke (I hope he was paid well, as it does nothing for him or his career.) Whiplash makes his big arrival in the movie by attacking Tony Stark's racing car with electrified whips. This is a good start but once Whiplash has his whips taken from him, he becomes a very ordinary villain indeed with no other special powers to threaten Iron Man with. He is taken off to jail almost immediately and fades into the background for most of the film. It makes Whiplash look foolish instead of menacing and the character never recovers. His motivation for attacking Tony Stark/Iron Man is also not very clear or convincing, something about his father being betrayed by Stark's father but it's never explained any further(a flashback might have helped).
Scarlett Johannson looks gorgeous and tough as Natalie Rushman/Natasha Romanoff. She has some killer moves but strangely never gets to use them on the villain Whiplash. That would have made the script more interesting.
There is also an appearance by Samuel L. Jackson wearing an eye-patch that seems to set up the long-in-development Avengers movie that teams up the Marvel characters. It's a diversion about money that we don't need, it takes us out of the story when it should be all about getting Whiplash.
Then there's the finale. Whiplash attacks Stark again and fails...again (he's clearly incompetent). The resolution is far too easy. There's no twist to make Stark work hard for victory and that's boring.
Sam Rockwell, as the other villain, unveils a series of drone-style Iron Men and they gang up to attack Iron Man and his pal (Don Cheadle also in an Iron Man suit) but there are so many flying around at the end and the editing is so rapid that it's hard to tell what's happening. It's muddled, where the original "Iron Man" was crystal clear. That's the problem with this sequel. It feels rushed. The stench of desperation to top the first movie comes off the screen. Better take more care with "Iron Man 3."
P.S. Sam Rockwell's dancing is hilarious. It's almost worth another star.
Well billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has let the
world know he is Iron Man. While this hasn't affected him, Tony has
"other" matters getting his attention. The substance in the device that
keeps him alive is slowly killing him, so he needs to find a new
substance. Then the government/military wants to get their hands on the
Iron Man technology, which Tony won't give up. Next Tony has to decide
who will be the new CEO of Stark Industries if he dies.
If this isn't enough to deal with, Russian criminal/inventor Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) is out for revenge on Tony because of something Tony's father Howard did to the Vanko family years ago, so Vanko becomes Whiplash and then teams up with fast talking, slick weapons designer Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) who is also after any way to ruin Tony. So can life get any better than this!!!!
So while we see Tony's life becoming a self-destructive mess, several people come into play to help him get back together if he wants help or not. They include Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), Lt. Col James "Rhodey" Rhodes (Don Cheadle), Natalie Rushman (Scarlett Johansson) who is in Stark's legal department, but has her own secret, and Col. Nick Fury (Sameuel L. Jackson) head of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Overall I found "Iron Man 2" a very enjoyable escape from worrying about things. After most of the credits of rolled on the screen, we have "one more scene" before the Paramout logo appears. We are in New Mexico and the camera goes to a dig site where we see Thor's hammer. Stay tune for more fun folks!!!!
Okay first off, I would just like to state that I heard mixed reviews going into watching this movie. Wasn't sure what to except, my expectations were very low I didn't care much for the original. I saw this and was amazed i'm going to give it a 7 out of 10 they could have done some things better about the movie. They almost always can but hey for what it was it was great. Marvel Comics have never made a movie that was amazing in my opinion they are all fun popcorn movies and this one is probably one of the best/better marvel movies ever. go see this movie download it/go to the theater what ever you do. But this movie is really great and you should watch it sometime soon.
This is one of the best science fiction movies Hollywood has made in many years. The middle of the movie drags a little, but it finishes strong. Robert Downey is great but the real star is Scarlet Johansson. She is beautiful; she is fantastic; she is wonderful. Her fight scenes are incredible; her overall performance is magnificent. Also she definitely has a flair for comedy. In short, Ms. Johansson is a great performer and proves it in this movie. Ten stars for Scarlet Johansson. Mickey Rourke is also excellent as the bad guy. The cgi's add to the story. This movie is actually better than the original. The Tony Stark character is further developed and the audience learns Pepper Potts' first name. This movie is a welcome addition to the science fiction genre. The movie tells a story; has interesting characters; and except for the middle part, the story moves along quickly and ends with the audience having been entertained.
unbelievable sequel that, in the eyes of this viewer, far exceeds the original. Though I don't dare compare the film to "The Dark Knight", in comparison, "Batman Begins" focused too much on telling us who Batman IS and less on an action adventure we can sit back and enjoy, much like the 2008 Iron Man. With the DK and Iron Man 2, we have passed all the introductions and we can really enjoy many more characters and action sequences (not to mention all the special effects!). Mickey Rourke was phenomenal and the only regret there was that his character did not appear in the movie MORE! Midnight showing was totally worth it, especially with all the little HINTS you can pick up if you know enough about other superhero characters that may be involved with upcoming story lines.
About three days before I went to see "Iron Man 2", I watched the
original "Iron Man" for the second time. This time, my 20 year-old
watched it with me. She'd never seen it before and loved it--thanking
me for recommending it to her. And, considering that I not only saw the
film twice (that's very rare for me) and gave it a 9 in my review, I
obviously was stoked to see the sequel. Too bad I was so underwhelmed
While my daughter said she also liked this film and said Tony Stark (Rober Downey, Jr.) was a jerk like he was in the comic books, I though he was simply a jerk--and perhaps my not reading the comic book made it harder for me to take this bothersome portrayal. Now I am NOT saying I expected him to be perfect--after all, in the first film he was truly irresponsible and sarcastic. But, in "Iron Man 2", you also liked him despite, or perhaps because of these flaws! In this sequel, that likable roguish quality was missing...he was simply an annoying and self-indulgent jerk. Now my perception is not everyone's, I know. Perhaps it's because I am 46 (a bit old for this sort of film) and because I haven't read a comic book in 35 years. Whatever the reason, I found it hard to love the film when I disliked the leading man so much. Heck, while he was very one-dimensional, it was often easier to like the baddie (Mickey Rourke)!! At least he had some sense of purpose in life other than his own misguided narcissism.
My other serious problem with the film is the over-reliance on special effects. Too often, the film simply overloaded my senses--as it seemed bent on topping the eye-popping images of the first film. And, while it did this clearly, it did so at the expense of the plot and, more importantly, character development. As a result, I just can't see this film as anything more than eye-candy for the very easily amused and not a film with any serious depth--something that was NOT a problem with "Iron Man". Watch it if you want...just don't expect a lot of magic.
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