Of course I among many others have loved the original Iron Man. It was a movie that started off the summer 2008 with a bang. So of course I was extremely excited when they announced that there would be not only a sequel, but two. As May came closer and closer I was pumped to see it. The trailers looked amazing. We had so much promise, we had War Machine, we had Whiplash. Everything was looking better and better. So the question is, does Iron Man 2 live up to the hype? Unfortunately no.
Iron Man 2 takes place more or less six months after the events which takes place in the first film after Tony Stark announces to the world that he is Iron Man. Now the US government wants to get their hands on it, believing that the suit will cause others to copy it and create destruction. And of course this leads to a character known as Whiplash who makes his own arc-reactor and is out to kill Stark because his father was ruined by Howard Stark (Tony’s father).
Now some of the performances are really good. We all knew that Robert Downey Jr. would bring his A game to this role as he did in the first film. He is Iron Man. I also really loved Don Cheadle in this role. I was worried about how he would fill in Terrance Howard’s shoes, and he was really good.
When the action was on, it kicks major ass, especially in the last thirty minutes. I loved who they had War Machine added and he kicks ass as well. And the visual effects are just as incredible as they were in the first film.
Unfortunately, that’s all that’s really good about this movie. The problem with Iron Man 2 is that they try way too hard to make another great summer blockbuster. They try to make it better by adding more characters, action, story, and trying to be humorous meanwhile trying to get you exciting for the Avengers. But they add to much in, and it just becomes a mess.
I mentioned above that the action was great when it was there. And there is only action at the beginning and the end. During that middle, the film slowed down and was pretty boring. Many scenes were going by and I realized: I had lost interest, and didn’t care about what was going on.
Ok, I know they’re saying this in many of the reviews coming out, but the birthday party scene was terrible. The biggest thing is, Rhodey goes down and goes into an Iron Man suit when we are never shown how he knows to work it. And the whole fight was ridiculous as well.
There are some characters in this film that could have easily been cut. Samuel L. Jackson, as much as I loved his little role and love him as an actor, had no reason to be in there, and Scarlett Johansson, she was okay, but she was only there to beat some people up and look incredibly hot. Luckily she got that right.
And the biggest problem for me was that we had too villains that didn’t work for me. Even though Sam Rockwell is an incredible actor (Loved him in The Green Mile), his character Justin Hammer is such a mustache twirling villain. And Mickey Rourke was incredible underused. And I don’t know if he had it in the comic, but the goddamn pet bird he has really made me roll my eyes.
I could go on and on about the things I didn’t like about this movie, and it’s not a horrible film. When it gets things right it gets it right. When it gets things wrong, it goes horribly wrong. I wanted to love this film. And again, I did love the action when it was onscreen, the visuals were stunning and of course Robert Downey Jr. owned his role, but there was too much noise, confusion, and boredom, and they tried too hard to make this the next summer blockbuster that I ended up losing interest in the middle of the film and it took a lot to bring it back.
I give Iron Man 2, my biggest disappointment of the summer so far, a 5/10.