Iron Man 2 (2010) – Movie Review

7 05 2010

It has been proven time and again that movie sequels don’t really live up to the expectations of the original. Agreed, Terminator and Spider Man series were an exception as their sequels not only did well, but were also superior in story and the content they offered. But even their 3rd installments were not up to the mark and if not downright failures, they surely were a letdown for the fans.

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With Iron Man 2, there were high hopes. Not just because Iron Man was a major hit but also because of the fact that names like  Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson had been roped in for this sequel and probably that’s why I decided to take out time and watch the first day and first show at 10:15AM today.

So, did Iron Man 2 live up to the high expectations. To be honest, both Yes and No. Yes, because Iron Man 2 is definitely bigger and better in terms of Action, Stunts, CGI and blatant Glitz – it does partially meet the expectations of upping the ante from the original Iron Man. But does double the Action mean double the fun. Not really. However, it could’ve been that way, if only the director would have not sought an easy way out for the movie’s plot. Characters like ‘Natalie Rushman’ aka ‘Natasha Romanoff’ aka ‘Black Widow’ (Scarlett Johansson) and ‘Nick Fury’ (Samuel L. Jackson) are introduced in a jiffy and though they seem to be playing a very important role in the plot, there is not much meat in the characters they play. Adding to this some unrealistic fight sequences between the Iron Man and the other Robots – only adds to the misery of the viewer. Ok, we understand he’s the hero and he is the one who’s gonna kick the butt, only make it at least a tad toned down so that it makes some sense.

VillainMickey Rourke plays the Villain ‘Ivan Vanko – Whiplash’

Even the Villain – ‘Ivan Vanko – Whiplash’ (Mickey Rourke), who incidentally has an impressive introductory bout with the Iron Man in the first half of the movie (probably the best part of the whole movie) and which increases the expectations of what may be about to come, is easily put to rest in much haste at the end. Alas!, the viewer is left with a dismal expression – “Was that it!?… Was it that simple!?… Huh!?”.

The only saving grace is the performance of our good ol’ Robert Downey Jr., the original and undisputed choice for playing Iron Man. But even with his suave performance, this Iron Man doesn’t really strike a chord as much as the original did.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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2 responses

10 05 2010
Matt

Good review! I agree with the score completely… its not a good film, or a bad one… it’s just… there…

6 07 2010
Ipodman

Hmm… Empire Strikes Back also outdid the original! 🙂

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