I stepped into the theater with a group of 7 friends for a noon showing. We were the first ones in the theater. We sat down in front, so we could rest our legs on the handrail in front of us. We were all prepared for Iron Man 2, and more importantly, we were prepared to high five each other a ridiculous amount. We had no clue what was in store for us, but we were all ready...
Review: Tony Stark's Wacky Week AKA Iron Man 2Yes, I just called this film "Tony Stark's Wacky Week" because that's exactly what it is. This film starts off right as Iron Man 1 is ending then jumps into the future 6 months. The film offers everything you had in the first one, with a little bit more. It introduces some new characters to the mainstream audience, and it has some great Easter Eggs for all the comic book fans. The best Easter Egg, in my opinion, was Stan Lee's cameo, and yes, that beats out anything else they showed in the movie that relates to another Marvel comics character.
The GoodThis movie was hilarious. Robert Downey Jr plays an amazingly narrasistic Tony Stark which translates to so many laughs. This film was funnier than many of the comedies I've seen as of recent in the theaters. Don't let that get you down though, it still kicks booty. Don Cheadle is a much better James Rhodes than Terrance Howard. Terrance does not come off as a friend to Tony Stark in the first film, and there seems to be more of a connection with James to Tony as Cheadle takes over the role. He's a friend, but at the same time he can be the enemy, since he does answer to the military. Gweneth Paltrow, who is not my favorite actress by any means, does an amazing job once again as Pepper Potts. Aside from RDJ as Tony Stark, she is the best cast character in this film, and this time we really get to see her character shine. One last person I'd like to talk about in this film that, for me, stood high above everyone else: Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer. A lot of hardcore Iron Man fans may have a problem with him since the character is much younger in the film, and isn't as up front about his cruel intentions as the film version is, but I thought it was perfect. There is a ton of stuff going on in the film. A little spoiler on Justin Hammer's character.
I laughed a lot, and I high fived/fist bumped my friends even more. This movie was everything I thought it was going to be and a whole lot more.
The BadScarlet Johansson is downright worthless in this film. I think she's incredibly beautiful, and a great actress, but her character did not need to be in this film. She was essentially a major part of a couple of scenes, but I could have done without seeing the Black Widow on the silver screen. The story was great, but at times dragged a little. I felt like I was in the theater for 4-5 hours. Also, Iron Man gets slammed around a lot in that suit, yet he sustains no injuries. Surely, his body must take some damage when he's slammed around, unless there's some sort of anti-gravity technology in the suit that keeps him stable. The only other thing I can really complain about is the fact that this film was billed having a soundtrack done by AC/DC, one of my favorite bands, but sadly, I only heard two AC/DC songs used within the film. What? No "If You Want Blood?" I really was waiting for it.
The VerdictAs soon as I left the theater, I wanted to see it again. Many comic book sequels suffer from the "too much going on" scenario, where too many characters are spolighted, and maybe there are too many villains. At times, I did feel like that with this film, especially with Black Widow, but overall, I had a ton of fun, and that's what this really was about. This film is almost as good as the original, but not quite there. Frankly, I just don't like whiplash. I've always thought of him as the Batroc The Leaper equivilant for Iron Man. He's a C-List villain, but I think the film pulled him off well too. Anyway, see the film. You'll have so many laughs. Just don't expect too much of Tony Stark in the Iron Man suit because this film is more about Tony than Iron Man.
I'm hovering between 4-4.5/5I'll make my final decision after a second viewing.
High fives: 7
Fist Bumps: 15
Mat "InferiorEgo" Elfring high fives during action films.