Iron Man 2 (2010)
With the world now aware of his dual life as the armored superhero Iron Man, billionaire inventor Tony Stark faces pressure from the government, the press, and the public to share his technology with the military. Unwilling to let go of his invention, Stark, along with Pepper Potts, and James "Rhodey" Rhodes at his side, must forge new alliances - and confront powerful enemies.
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Okay, I may be biased because I'm a huge Iron Man film but I liked this movie a lot. It was different than the first Iron Man and really got me into the story. I liked the relationship that Tony Stark and Jarvis had in this film better than the first one. Not my favorite Iron Man film but I think they did great to help tell his stories.
At first sigh, it is not exactly the expected part of series. because something missing. but the lead sin - a not realistic accent to the vulnerability of Tony Stark is saved by the genius of Robert Downey Jr., giving one of the most credible and nice character from Marvel universe. another good points - Don Cheadle as Lt. Rhodes, Scarlett Johansson as Romanoff and, sure, Mickey Rourke as a vilain who impresse more for its past story and for a sort of old fashion ambiguity. short, a nice film for not the fans of Marvel industry.
Iron Man 2 follows the events of the first Iron Man and takes a turn to change the series into what we know now as the MCU. With many cast members coming back for the sequel we are introduced to a lot of new and fun faces to the series as well. With the introduction to many new beloved characters many fans have fell in love with with every installment added to the Marvel series. Story wise with Iron Man 2 has dropped slightly since the first, feeling more like a bridging movie to set up other movies and the future Avengers movie that came out two years after Iron Man 2. With the introduction of many now beloved faces including Black Widow, War Machine, and the Iconic Nick Fury with Agent Phil Coulson too. This film though did give us a more of an understanding with the arc reactor in Tony's chest and the overall negative aspects of him using it and the Iron Man suit too. Alongside with giving us a darker side of Tony's father, Howard Stark and the more darker stuff he did before his mysterious death 1991. Jon Favreau once again directs the hell out of this film. Feeling more updated and bigger than the fantastic first film. With the use of long uncut takes in many beautiful scenes and action packed ones as well. And with Favreau acting in the film with a much bigger part than the first film, he made himself serve very much as the comic relief in some very action packed scenes and very serious scenes as well. That was the one thing with this film is that it felt much more comical than the first film, which had splashes of comedy put throughout mainly done by Tony Stark himself in very awkward scenes to write them off a lot better. Iron Man 2 though, Many characters just come off as comedians like Sam Rockwell's Justin Hammer is just all around comical and is suppose to serve as a driving force for the main antagonist but comes off as mainly a little prod that keeps poking the antagonist until he breaks out yelling. And that is where I come to the script, a hand full of the lines in this film feel very forced and rushed to either rapidly pass the story forward or to get off some supposedly funny joke that will sometimes come off as just awful and unfunny all around. But the other majority of lines and scenes in this film do have a lot of power to them like the interrogation scene between Tony and Ivan and the phone call too later in the film. Very powerful and gives an almost 'cat and mouse' feel to the film on who will outsmart the other in this race to kill one another. And of course the writing for Black Widow was amazing with the different dialogue and tones she has to do for the different personalities she had to pull off in this film to be that 'agent' status throughout. Action and special effects wise definitely grew a lot more since the first film with many more action scenes and drastically improvement on the CGI work and fight choreographing too to it. Feels a lot more natural during the whole film, thanks to Favreau and his brilliant directing too with it. Iron Man 2 is definitely a let down to the near perfect first film but it definitely is a fun one to watch with its unique characters and bigger and badder fights. Iron Man 2 gets a 7.5/10
Sound: Well mixed, sound effects well done. Great use of pop tunes in sound track as orchestral and environmental music. 90/100 Technical: Excellent special effects and well shot. 100/100 Narrative: A little light on the action for this genre. It does not move as fast as it should and does not arc as much as it should. 70/100 Character/Acting: Acting mostly middle of the road. The characters are not as strong this time. The villains not menacing or treacherous. 60/100 Did I like it: Yes, a fun film and very enjoyable. 70/100 Artistic merit: A well crafted film but lacks the notoriety, upper crust performances, or narrative to be considered seriously here. There are better examples of super hero movies to fill that role (The Dark Knight). 60/100 Total score 75/100