As they say, this movie, Iron Man 2 really feels unfinished, in that I almost fell as if there could be more. That might be that because the first one did so well we ll believe or at least myself that the next one would be so good that I would cry. Sadly that did not happen.
Now don’t get me wrong, I loved Iron Man 2. I would see it again, and I will buy it on DVD latter this year when it comes out. However, most of what I find wrong with the film are mostly cutting issues. The first half of he film is full of information that is throw at you so fast leaving little to no room to really allow you to understand it.
The start of the movie gave me an epic feeling, the music (which I’ll get into later) reminded me of the intro to Spider-Man 2. Showing us Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) creating his very own miniaturized arc reactor, which we do discover later how he was able to do this. The problem with this is not only did it mirror what we saw in the first film, it really leaves us with a blah feeling. I feel nothing for the death of Ivan’s father, even know the film later shows him as a bad guy or simply a man trying to make some money (who doesn’t) so when he dies so quickly, really the first scene of the movie is his quick death from what we never do learn about.
After that point the film jumps around, giving us this really nice flight scene of Iron Man coming in to the Stark Expo, being it’s 6 months later, the world knows he’s Iron Man and supposedly has maintain world peace. We meet the other villain of the film, Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) as well as Natalie Rushman (Scarlett Johansson) and old. You really never get a chance to really understand where the film is trying to go, which really makes the movie seem weak in the first half and when the movie seem to become more stable near the middle to the final act, it does give you a sort of drag out feeling.
Never once did I feel I was pulled out of the movie, the action was perfect, I was shocked that there was very little in the movie. Most of the time, they give us more, I would almost say we got less. We get a very quick fight between Ivan and Tony (in the briefcase armor). The whole set up to this fight is very plain and makes no real sense to the rest of the film. Again this is from the movie jumping around showing us bits and parts.
I know it seems I’m really downing the movie, overall I would have to say this was about half as good as the first one was, but never really left you with that raw disappointment in your mouth like other comic book movies almost always seem to do. I never really felt that Ivan was the main villain, this comes from him just showing up, not really giving us much time to understand his madness in wanting to kill Iron Man. Just as quickly he disappears only to be enlisted by Hammer who as the film moves into the middle and into the final act, I got a deep feeling he was the real threat, I say that because of how it play out in the end.
I really liked War Machine, even know it was odd with a new actor (Don Cheadle). But he really did fill the role, so I was fine with the change. I felt the effects worked, for the most part, there was one shot with Rhodes taking the Mark II for the military to use. When I later saw War Machine I couldn’t help but wonder.. if the Mark II still had the same issue we saw in the first film. Also a question of how it was powered, and lastly I did feel it looked too fake in the sunlight.
The briefcase armor was epic, even know it wasn’t as epic as it should have been (Please stop showing hot scenes like this..), they really could have had people pissing in their seats if they had worked hard to hide this shot form people, not show a clip of it.. and not had it in the trailers, it would have really had people going “Oh shit!” when we see the briefcase being carried by bodyguard Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau).
The music, I would like to touch on it, nothing really stood out, I never felt anything as epic form it as I did the first film, which most movies like that, the music is what draws you into the shots, this time around nothing like that, even when they use music form the first time (that I could hear) it seem to be over shadowed by the action, which is generally odd. And really I feel almost flat with the whole movie, even know I did like it, it’s Iron Man, we got War Machine and he was done right, quickly done but I suppose the build up that we got in the first one for me was lost when they changed actors.
Would I recommend Iron Man 2? If you loved the first one, if you’re a fan of Marvel making their own movies, go see the movie. It’s totally worth it. If you want to see something more cutting edge, taking risk, much as the first movie was, you wont find it here. The suit, was great but the end, we get the hint that he builds a new suit around the new power source he builds, but the suit itself looked mostly the same, other than the chest, I really wish they had used one of the other designs and not just the same one. The ending was even more one of those, really.. kind of endings, which leaves me more to believe that it was simply more of a middle of a larger film, which for those of you who wonder about an Iron Man 3, that will be likely be the Avengers movie.
I really hope that Jon Favreau learns what he did wrong in this film and moves to taking risks again. I missed the film of the first film in this one, and really if you’re not into Iron Man’s history, most of the little things they did would leave you lost. I do and will say there is a post-credits scene. My problem with this is, you really have to know it was going to be there because 90% of the people will just walk out, unless they are comic book fans who know about it. Such a scene should be done the way they did it in Hulk, where you get it right after the movie ends. For those wondering if it was worth it, not really, it wasn’t as epic as Samuel L. Jackson, but I suppose seeing the hammer of Thor is a good little preview.
There is a lot of little things, that set up the whole universe that Marvel is making here, there was some flaws in the film, that for some might pull them out of the movie. There was no real risk taking here, the ending is really over the top, leaving you wanting more. There is only three action scenes, leaving you wanting more, but the rest was just on the dot. I suppose simply just go see it and make your own opinion on it.