Review: Iron Man 2 (2010)

Seeing as the summer is almost here, Hollywood has already began to unleash it’s onslaught  of certified moneymakers into cinemas. At the front of the pack stands Iron Man 2. Armored with a bigger budget it manages to deliver more polished doses of its predecessor’s explosive metal mayhem. It’s special effects are truly what every fanboy’s dreams are made of and there’s no doubt it is one’s money’s worth if it’s thrill they seek.

On the  downside, these thrills are not seen frequently due to the clunky plot Iron Man 2 brings with it. Instead one is subjected to a jumbled up plot and one liners that don’t fly over most times and are sure to leave viewers fighting to stay awake till the next action scene. The  aforementioned bigger budget also allows for an all star cast this time around – bringing with it pros and cons.

On the pros’ side, Scarlett Johannson is rather impressive as the feisty Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow and Don Cheadle replaces Terrance Howard as Lt. Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes/War Machine, and puts in a far more memorable performance that easily makes you forget about Terrence Howard and his trademark mumbled line delivery. Samuel L. Jackson who is not “exactly” new to the franchise (please tell me you’ve already seen the post credits ending of the first Iron Man) returns as Agent Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. and manages to deliver most of the one liners that do land. The lead, Robert Downey Jr. comes back with his zany take on eccentric multi-millionaire, Tony Stark/Iron Man. Pretty much the same performance from the first film, but do we mind? NO! – If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, I guess. Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts is also back and the chemistry between her and Stark is one of the elements that gives the flick life.

On the cons’ side, Mickey Rourke as Whiplash makes for a rather flat and forgettable villain I appreciate the enthusiasm. THUMBS UP FOR LEARNING TO SPEAK RUSSIAN, BUDDY! and Sam Rockwell, who happens to be a great actor in my opinion seems to be channeling a televangelist rather than Iron Man’s all time rival, Justin Hammer.

All in all, Iron Man 2 is not the worst of the worst but it certainly doesn’t live up to the hype but what it lacks in a plot, it makes up for with a series of awesome gunfights and epic explosions. If you’re looking to feed your appetite for destruction, then Iron Man 2 is certainly a feast.

PHAMometer Reading: 68°C


~ by imjustsayinpham on May 24, 2010.

4 Responses to “Review: Iron Man 2 (2010)”

  1. nice review. iron man 2 was nice, better than the first one. the only problem was that the villain was defeated too easily

    • Thanks, fam.
      I don’t know why but I prefer the first ones in terms of the plot and all.
      The second one definitely has good action sequences, though.
      You’re so right, though.
      Whiplash got beat so easily.

  2. Nice blog luv!

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