Iron Man 2 (2010)

I wanna make Iron Man look like an antique.

— Justin Hammer

I thoroughly enjoyed the surprise hit, Iron Man and I was eagerly anticipating this sequel, Iron Man 2. I had to go into boot camp put the kibosh on that. When I came back, everybody was meh with it. People were saying this just a bridge between this and the upcoming Avengers movie. I blasted this film on a recent LAMBcast without watching a single frame of the movie. I wanted to make sure were my unfounded criticisms were validated and they were for the most part.

After revealing to world that he is Iron Man, Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey, Jr.)  popularity has skyrocketed to epic proportions. With notoriety comes a detractor like Senator Stern (Garry Shandling) who summons him to the Arm Services Committee to recommend giving up the technology to the US government, because it is a weapon in a civilian’s hands.  Stark’s inflated ego tries to dodge giving the Iron Man suit away as his rival, Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) tries to embarrass him with turning Col. Rhodes’s (Don Cheadle) word on him. Hammer is found out by Stark to have tried to replicate the technology to sell it to enemies of the US.

His company is in shambles with Tony headlining the year long Stark Expo while his trusty assistant, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) tries to fan the fires. Tony has enough to deal with the core that is keeping the shrapnel from getting into his heart is unstable and is contaminating him from the inside out. Stark is worried that his time in running short and needs to find a successor. He quickly appoints Pepper as Chairman/CEO of Stark Industries. Potts replacement, Natasha Rushman (Scarlett Johansson) is brought in and the women get off on the wrong foot.

During the Monaco Grand Prix, Tony brazenly commandeers a car to race it when the event is rudely interrupted by Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) who replicated the core technology to use for his whips on each hand. A fight ensues between Vanko and Iron Man. When Vanko is defeated, he is hauled off to jail where Tony visits him to see why Vanko attacked him. Vanko explains about his father working the same technology with Tony’s father, Howard (John Slattery) decades earlier. Justin Hammer enlists Vanko to develop personal Iron Mans of his own to bring down Stark.

I think that the massive success of the first movie tainted the quality of this movie. It seems a bit bloated with the meandering dialogue that went nowhere. The character acted like they were children. Bickering back and forth would turn you off. The wow factor of the first movie was not here. I thought the supporting people were completely wasted here. They have a little dialogue to say and they are gone for fifteen minutes. It was great that they introduced Tony when would get drunk, but I thought the climax of that was a bit too much for my taste. The only person I liked was Rourke. He was deliciously evil that I couldn’t wait for him to pop back on screen.

Judgment: The magic of the first movie could not be replicated in this movie. It was a cheap imitation.

Rating: ***


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Posted on July 14, 2010, in 2010, Academy Award Nominee, Action, Adventure, Comedy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Not a bad film but certainly lost the WOW factor of the original installment.

    • It’s not bad, but it lost it’s mojo. That moment where you say, “That’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.” I miss that, Kai. I miss it, man.

  2. It definitely would have been aided by more Rourke and less Rockwell (no offense to Rockwell’s acting but his character was less than fascinating).

    • Agreed. Rockwell’s character acted like a spoiled brat that needed to be spanked once in his wretched life.

  3. Iron Man 2 was a mild disappointment. It was entertaining but empty and there was nothing new to speak of. The movie doesn’t advance the Iron Man universe much at all and tries too hard to set up the Avengers franchise. I was expecting Favreau, Downey and company to take some risks and make it unique but it did not happen.

    • Yeah, I think that Justin Theroux was hindered about bridging the gap between transitioning Iron Man into the Avengers. It makes me wonder about the Thor and Captain America films coming up.

      • The only time I thought shoe-horning it into the Avengers worked was when Stark finds Cap’s shield and uses it just to deflect the energy beam.

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