Oct 29, 2010

Iron Man 2 Review

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Premise:
The government wants the Iron Man technology to use as a weapon to make sure the man in the suit doesn't turn against America (it's never said out-loud, but it's implied. They don't like the idea of Tony Stark "privatizing peace"). In the meantime, Tony Stark's glowing arc-reactor chest-piece that kept him alive in the first movie is slowly killing him with a chemical reaction, sending him into a mental meltdown. And the final piece to the puzzle, a crazy soviet Russian has Stark technology and uses it to become a super-villain named Whiplash.


Standouts:
Iron Man 2 gets a lot of criticism for how much publicity, sponsorship and shill-work it had to do to raise the budget, but man did this movie look pretty. Lots of explosions, lots of color, lots of exotic locations and fancy CGI. Secondly, top notch acting by everyone involved. Sam Rockwell was a tremendous little power-drunk twerp and I hope he gets more big roles in the future. Mickey Rourke was great as always, as was Robert Downey Jr.


My Highlights:
Tony Stark on trial with the government about handing over the Iron Man suit, Scarlett Johanson sparring with Jon Favreau, and all the of the lead-in insider references toward the upcoming Avengers film (including Captain America references).


Overall Rating:
Iron Man 1 was the first comic book movie to really revolutionize what the film genre could be rather than what it was at the time. Iron Man 1 was only bested by The Dark Knight to date as the single greatest comic book film to hit theaters, and definitely one of the best action movies in the last five years, making itself accessible to mainstream audiences rather than a nerdy niche. Those are big shoes to fill for Iron Man 2, and unfortunately it doesn't fill them. The film is not a big let down, it just falls under the category of "well, sequels are never as great as the original". I would give the first Iron Man 4 3/4 *'s out of 5, or 9 1/2 *'s out of 10, but this film I can only give 4 1/4 *'s out of 5, or 8 1/2 *'s out of 10. Sure there's a bit more fan-boy-targeting and it's not as much of a thinker-action film, but it's still an extremely fun and enjoyable movie.


When You Should See It:
This film is still better than most of the stuff I've been watching lately, so I strongly recommend everyone check it out.

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