I don’t think I even reviewed the first Iron Man film, but let me say that I dug it. A lot of you know that Iron Man and the Hulk are my two favorite comic book characters and that I was overjoyed that they were among the first to transition to the big screen. While the first Iron Man took some liberties with the storyline, I didn’t mind because they simply modernized the tale a bit. I was also taken aback when they originally cast Robert Downey Jr. as “Ol Shell Head,” but that too passed as his version of the billionaire playboy was spot on and entertaining.
Okay, now that I am totally bought into this incarnation of Tony Stark, I was able to just relax and enjoy Iron Man 2 – what a show it was! The entrance that Iron Man made to the Stark Expo was seriously cool – it made Steve Jobs look like an amateur.
Yes, it still bugs me that the characters spend so much time in the armor with their faceplates down, but I get it – Downey and Cheadle are “stars” and need their face time, it just takes me out of the story each time I see it and they cease to be the characters they are playing and seem like spoiled actors – very weak juju.
Sure, there are still some flaws – Rhodes (War Machine) was too cardboard and a bit too simplified and Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff was totally unneeded and distracting. You can’t argue with Mickey Rourke as the bad guy, Ivan Vanko – serious creep factor. The unexpected surprise of Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer was a blast as well.
If you are a fan of Iron Man -you will love it. If you are a fan of Robert Downey Jr. – you will love it. If you a fan of action flicks – you will love it. Heck, you will love it anyway! Fun stuff!
RATING 8 out of 10