Action, Don Cheadle, Drama, Garry Shandling, Gwyneth Paltrow, Iron Man 2, Mickey Rourke, Movie, Robert Downey Jr., Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Science Fiction
Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Garry Shandling
Nick Fury: Sir! I’m going to have to ask you to exit the doughnut!
Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) has used Iron Man to create peace in the world, but has also gotten caught up in the celebrity surrounding Iron Man. When a scary Russian, Ivan Vanko (Rourke), attacks Stark with some of his own technology, one of Stark’s competitors, Justin Hammer (Rockwell), sees this as a chance to get Ivan on his side to help him take down Stark.
I decided to do something a little different with this review. I actually wrote down comments while watching the movie. It’ll seem a little scattered and maybe hard to understand without the movie playing in front of you, but…well, it makes things easier for me. I tried to avoid spoilers:
Looks like we’re picking up right where we left off with the first one. Well, with the audio at least. Now we’re in Moscow.
Ahh, Mickey Rourke. Always a pleasant sight these days…
Does every superhero movie have the same soundtrack now?
Sam Rockwell’s name! I forgot he was in this.
Laying on the celebrity stuff a little thick…I get it…he’s obsessed with himself.
Stan Lee cameo!
Garry Shandling, eh? Alright…interesting choice…
Not digging Rockwell’s character…a little too cliche…
“I’ve successfully privatized world peace!”
So Tony and Pepper are a bickering couple now?
Scarlett enters the movie…
The first movie started with a bang and some good dramatic moments. This movie is crawling to a start.
Looks like we’re at our first big action set. A day at the races!
Wow…that was easy.
“I want MY bird!!”
I’m glad I’m not an Iron Man. I wouldn’t want a big metal thing in my chest.
I never wanted to see Iron Man dance.
Tired plot is tiiiirrred. Tony Stark is now Hancock.
“Sir! I’m going to have to ask you to exit the doughnut!” That’s a line that only Samuel L. can deliver and make it sound believable.
Did the movie really need Bill O’Reilly?
Time for the A-Team building sequence.
Off to the Expo. I assume there will actually be some action sequences soon.
Is Scarlett living in the Matrix??
Well that was a pretty quick ending…
Lame villain, with a vague, ambiguous agenda.
Definitely a step down from the first one. Every situation that posed some dramatic potential seemed to get pushed aside or solved very simply.
Creating a new element is easy, if you have the right editing team!
10 – 2 because it was booooorrrrring in long stretches – 1 because the Pepper/Tony relationship just didn’t work (didn’t they get together in the first movie?) – .5 because every major plot point seemed to get solved with little dramatic tension = 6.5
Mickey Rourke should have gotten an Oscar nomination for every time he said “I vant my boird.” Every time he said it differently, and every time it was incomprehensible. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard at a hammy Russian accent.
Rockwell’s character was wildly underused. I think Rockwell is such a cool dude, but Justin Hammer just isn’t as cool when he’s next to Mickey Rourke’s dirty mop hair.
hahaha! yes, i too was laughing at the “I vant my boird” line. that whole bird plot line never really went anywhere.
was it actually his bird that they got? or just one that looked like it? either way, he caved in pretty quick and accepted it as his new best-friend-bird.
i normally like Rockwell a lot, but i thought his character was way too cliche, and whatever little semi-accent he had going on wasn’t working.
Ross McG said:
‘I never wanted to see Iron Man dance’
if only my review of this had been so succinct
Mystery Man said:
nice review…even if it was just random thoughts. sometimes those make for the best ones, right?
i may be one of the few people in the world he actually likes this. Having said that, it is a step or two down from the original.
Don Cheadle just doesn’t seem like a good Rhodey to me. Terrence Howard actually looks the part.
Why go through all the trouble of bringing in Mickey Rourke as this big bad villain, including his badd-ass entrance, only to stick him a lab for most of his scenes.
There were some other things I wasn’t too crazy about. Like most people, this thing seemed to forget everuything that worked in the first in favor of becoming an advertisemtn for next years Avengers movie.
I look forward to coming back and commenting more. Swing by my site sometime!
I loved your alternative review. The random comments you thought to write down while watching the movie were really funny to read 🙂
Just stopped by your blog as the LAMB told me to do so. Your banner is sooo cute! Will definitely be popping back.
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heh, thanks for the comment, and thanks for pointing me to the LAMB facebook page. no wonder i had such a spike in visitors! 🙂
Love the line about Stark now being Hancock. Spot on.
This seemed like a good premise with the whole privatization of world peace stuff – there were some avenues they could have explored, but a weakish villain(s) and the shoehorning of all the Avengers crap really did it in..
Fun review – love doing and reading ones like this.
Nice review. You left out how clunky the action sequences were–granted, there’s probably not a lot of possible variety in watching robots shoot lasers at each other, but it didn’t even seem like they even cared about trying something new out to dazzle our eyes. But I’d bump it +1 for Gwyneth Paltrow still being smoking hot.
I agree about the action sequences AND about Gwyneth.
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