Summary: Tony Stark is Iron Man and has solved all of the world’s problems (somehow). The Government doesn’t like that he’s not sharing his technology, other weapons manufacturers are trying to copy him, and a man from his hidden past wants him dead. Tony has problems of his own, but he finds he can depend on his friends and future allies…
Thoughts: I loved the first Iron Man. It was so much fun and totally unexpected. I went into this movie with high expectations and had been pumping myself up for a while now. However, it did not live up to my own hype. It’s not bad by any means, its just not as awesome as I would have hoped.
The plot is a bit slow at times. Things will happen, then everything will slow down for a while, then speed up. Some things that happen are a bit too unbelievable for me, but I suppose if you put a super-genius in a room for long enough, he’ll come up with something. The main villain’s motivation for revenge is explained, but not why he feels he needs lightsaber-whips instead of just using his knowledge to blow Tony up.
There didn’t really seem to be much character development. In the first movie, we watch Tony go from being an arrogant loaner who realizes that he needs to try to redeem himself for some of the things he may or may not have done. In this movie, Tony is an arrogant loaner (again) who I guess realizes that he needs his friends, but I’m inferring that on the movie. Really, he treats everyone like dirt, and if they’re his friend, they’ll get mad but forgive him. If they’re villains, they’ll get mad and try to kill him.
The effects were great, as expected. All of the new armor looked awesome. The battle scenes were great, but a bit short. I suppose real battles don’t take 10 minutes like is some movies, but it just seemed that after a few punches the fights were over. There were a few surprises that even the trailers didn’t ruin, but they look great.
I may be being too hard on this movie. I was fun, it just wasn’t as much fun at the first one. It had humor, it had action. It just kind of slowed down at points where I feel like it may not have needed too. What I really liked was the parts that are leading into the other Marvel movies. For those who don’t know, Marvel Studios is making several movies of their superheroes and then in 2012 there will be an “Avengers” movie with them all coming together. So each movie is leading into the next, almost like we’re getting all of the backstory for “Avengers” in each of these other movies. So far we have Iron Man 1 & 2 and The Incredible Hulk (the one with Ed Norton). Next comes Thor, then Captain America, then Avengers which will bring them all together.. They’re planning even more movies as well. I like that they’re planning ahead with these, instead of just trying to capitalize on the comic book movie wave.
Another things I appreciate is that while there are inside jokes and references, I like they they don’t try to force this kind of stuff directly into the plot. Sure Whiplash and Black Widow are in this movie, but they aren’t called by name. The Hulk wasn’t called “Hulk” in his movie either [EDIT: watched it again, and they do call him that in a throwaway line, and he does say “Hulk Smash!” I still feel they handled it better than the following]. I didn’t like how Fantastic Four (a Marvel movie, but the rights belong to another company) had Johnny Storm come up with their code names from the comics (“Mr Fantastic” doesn’t make any sense, seriously) and everyone used their catchphrases like they knew they were supposed to say them. Anyway, I’m glad the Marvel Studios-owned properties aren’t doing that.
On a side note: I was excited about the music in the movie since I bought the “soundtrack” which was basically an AC/DC greatest hits album. However, the movie had two AC/DC songs, which is only one more than in the last movie. There were a lot of good songs, but for AC/DC to be the entire “soundtrack”, they weren’t in it except in the beginning and the end.
Overall: Not as much fun as the first, but not bad at all.