I’m sure a lot of you Comic Vine maniacs who weren’t pleased with IRON MAN 2 are going to make snarky comments about the whole movie being a mistake. Me, myself, I thoroughly enjoyed it. More than the first one, even. I’m honestly baffled about the backlash, and I suppose you could consider this blurb from Splash Page a kind of backlash. See, there’s a website called Movie Mistakes wherein anal-retentive viewers can post the continuity gaffes they’ve noticed in a movie after watching it a fifth or sixth time. As of now, IRON MAN 2 has the most “mistakes” of any movie released this summer with a tally of around 45.
So they fudged some details so Mickey Rourke wouldn't be bare-ass naked? Really now? I actually do remember Iron Man calling War Machine “Don” and I’m a still surprised nobody caught that. That’s probably a result of the amount of improv that was going on in this movie.
Character mistake: During the final aerial battle at Hammer's expo, when War Machine's suit is still compromised and he is helping Iron Man evade Whiplash's drones, Iron Man accidentally once refers to War Machine as "Don," as in Don Cheadle, when War Machine's name is James Rhodes.
Deliberate "mistake": The whole Monaco race sequence is totally (but deliberately) ludicrous. First no pilot would be allowed without a fireproof mask and rest of required security measures, as Stark does. Second, the real-life security controls are very strict: When an accident occurs a safety car shows up, flags and audio advices signal the racing cars for them to lower their speed and avoid accidents. Nothing to do with the wild, uncontrolled race depicted here.
Deliberate "mistake": Whiplash's Orange jumpsuit defies physics. The scene shows Whiplash powering up his harness at the race track, which burns off the top section of the jumpsuit, however the jumpsuit then mysteriously and impossibly appears tucked under the harness's belt. If the belt was in the inside of the jumpsuit, the jumpsuit would just fall to the ground and leave Whiplash basically naked, and not be tucked under the belt. If the Harness belt was placed on the outside of the jumpsuit, then the remains of the jumpsuit would have draped over the belt covering it up. There is no way the jumpsuit can end up tucked under the belt, but its done so Mr. Rourke and the movie can remain PG.
It’s fair to point out some big errors like how ludicrous Tony just taking control a dragsters is (although, I suppose anything can be explained away by him just being filthy rich) but compiling a list of how the level of a wine glass changes from frame to frame reminds of this girl from one of my film production classes in college. At the end of every week, we’d screen our shorts for peer review. While everybody else commented ON how a gag worked or if a performance was believable, this girl just pointed out continuity errors that could only be seen for a few frames. She almost had a superhuman power for it.
Nobody else noticed that stuff and, as you can expect, nobody liked it when she commented.