Iron Man 2 (2010)

By XeroCube | May 13, 2010

Brandy and I went to see Iron Man 2 last night.

Let’s start the story with the trailers. “Inception” (the next Christopher Nolan movie) looks to be fantastic. It looks like what would be created if Momento had a baby with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, infused with parts of Departed. Next, “Super 8”. This is one of JJ Abrams flicks, produced by Speilberg. Another monster flick, ala Cloverfield, but looks much better. Should be interesting.

On to the main event: Iron man 2. It was a solid flick, but not as good as the first, as I expected. I am glad I watched it, and will likely own it on Bluray when it comes out. I missed Terrance Howard in the role of Rhodey… Don Cheadle, while I like him as an actor, just didn’t have the same swagger. Downey, Jr continues to own the role of Tony Stark and it was a phenomenal performance. Without his charisma, the film likely would’ve fallen apart. Surprisingly enough, I truly enjoyed the casting of Sam Rockwell and Mickey Rourke. Strange choices that just seemed to click.

The plot was typical comic book fare. It was passable, but not overly groundbreaking. There wasn’t an overload of action, but the scenes that were there were pretty fantastic. I will say, i am disappointed that the final battle between Iron Man and Whiplash was just a tad short. I was expecting a bit more of a spectacle. Not to say that I wanted to watch a 30 minute battle of fisticuffs, as in the Hulk and the Abomination in “The Incredible Hulk”, but just something a bit more than what was offered.

What truly sold me on the movie, though, was the polish. There were so many little nods and details that just made this movie shine. From Jarvis (the return of Paul Bettany) to Cap’s Shield… Garry Shandling as Senator Stern… Sam Jackson’s “Nick fury” cameo… and the teaser after the credits. I don’t exactly know how to explain it, but they all just worked. I know Marvel Pictures is frantically piecing together the continuity of multiple stories to ultimately line up the Avengers movie, and I think their work is paying off. I am looking forward to Thor, Captain America, The Avengers, and ultimately Iron Man 3 (which, I hope, finally brings the Mandarin into play).

I would definitely catch this movie in the theaters and look forward to experiencing Iron Man in the comfort of my own home later this year.

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