Iron Man 2: What I ThoughtPosted: May 10, 2010
So, Paramount and Marvel have come at us with a sequel to their original ‘Iron Man’ film. Was it any good?
Tony Stark is definitely back, which is great, as he quite literally makes the Iron Man series. He’s still unable to keep his mouth shut, and suppress his own suave brand of arrogance, but it all adds to the endearment of his character. He’s still a relative jackanape, but it’ll certainly appeal to you. He swaggers his way throughout the film, really without any regard for anyone around him, which makes for some fantastic destructive set-pieces, in some cases.
This time around, he’s up against Sam Rockwell, who plays Justin Hammer, head of a munitions company hoping to steal Iron Man’s secrets and exploit them for monetary gain. There are also a couple of Russian fellows involved, who happen to be gifted physicists, and are also determined to see Iron Man obliterated. A strong word, but it’s quite apt. There are a lot of explosions in this film, and a great deal of special effects, and it’s quite fantastic. The merry bunch also are joined by Don Cheadle, who assumes the role of Rhody, to those who were paying close attention during the first film. Without spoiling too much, there are some quite spectacular mech fights, which are all very shiny, and on occasion make you want to punch the air with childish glee. I did feel that the final battle was over too soon, but I guess that’s what you get for going up against a superhero.
The film explores Stark’s relationship with Pepper in more detail, and also delves right into his history. The character of Howard Stark (Tony’s father) is fleshed out to a far greater degree than in the first film, as the plot is mostly driven by his history. I’ll leave it with that ambiguous nugget. Suffice to say, by the end of the film, you’ll have a greater appreciation for Stark, and the lore of the Iron Man series, if that appeals.
So, as we’ve discussed, there’s lots of history, much conspiracy, some amazing fights (mech fights especially, I cannot stress this enough) and an ass-kicking Scarlett Johansson, who I need not comment on. That’s pretty self-explanatory, and speaks for itself. Need I say more?
What’s the score on the Epic ‘Would You Watch It Again’ meter? I’d definitely watch it again in cinemas, given the chance. This is the type of film that you could very easily satisfy yourself in killing a couple of hours with. I’m not sure it’d warrant a DVD purchase, however, but the film is definitely awesome. Shiny, too.