Movie Review – Iron Man 2 – Clack, Crash, Bang, Zzzzz

Iron Man 2 - 2010

The world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark is the armored Super Hero Iron Man. Under pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military, Tony is unwilling to divulge the secrets behind the Iron Man armor because he fears the information will slip into the wrong hands. With Pepper Potts, and James “Rhodey” Rhodes at his side, Tony forges new alliances and confronts powerful new forces.

For once I managed to catch a movie on the opening weekend, yay for me! And well thanks to Carol for getting the tickets 🙂 I had to watch it though as it’s quite probably my most anticipated movie of the year.

Back in 2008 I thought Iron Man was the movie of the year and I still maintain it’s one of the best Marvel films to date and one of the best films in the past few years full stop.

I had a bad feeling I was going to be somewhat disappointed by Iron Man 2 just like the disaster that was Transformers 2 – which was so bad I didn’t even blog about it. Even though it’s rating well on IMDB with a grand score of 7.7, honestly though given some time I think that score will go down – perhaps to around 6.2-6.5.

And well I was somewhat disappointing, the whole plot premise was very simple and stretched thin to cover the whole movie. There wasn’t any character development or back story on Ivan Vanko/Whiplash – he was just straight up introduced as a bad-ass tattooed Russian guy who wanted revenge for his father.

And well that’s pretty much all that happened in the movie, of course some great special effects took place, the action sequences were a little underwhelming but not bad. As usual Scarlett Johansson was looking smoking hot (more Black Widow please!) and Gwyneth Paltrow was not looking hot at all.

The bad guy was played very well by Mickey Rourke, Whiplash indeed.

Iron Man 2 - Whiplash

He’s having quite a come-back since Sin City and then totally nailing it with The Wrestler. He really put some work into this role too, he went to Russia and spent some time around the prison system and ex-convicts to get a feel for their attitude and character.

War-machine wasn’t so impressive however and the Hammer character played by Sam Rockwell was just uninteresting.

Marvel is definitely making a hardcore come-back though with Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. playing a larger role this time – I see an Avengers movie coming soon (it’s currently slated for a 2012 release) with the next movie being exposed by the scene after the credits in Iron Man 2. Gotta be a Marvel fan to understand it though, Thor’s Hammer..Anyway you can always check IMDB to see movies coming up from Marvel. I can’t wait for the Shang-Chi movie personally 😀

Anyway back to the movie, Iron Man 2 – is it worth watching….OF COURSE, it’s Iron Man 2 – even if it scores 2/10 it’s still worth watching. It’s a visual spectacle, it has some amusing moments, it has a lot of new characters from the Marvel world thrown in and it’s a decent movie – it’s just not great.

I’ll give it a reasonable 6.5/10.




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16 Responses to Movie Review – Iron Man 2 – Clack, Crash, Bang, Zzzzz

  1. Mark Leo May 5, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    Yeah I totally agree that there wasn’t enough character development but the action packed show was good enough to keep me wanting more after the show. Totally awesome show in terms of action and graphics.

  2. Huai Bin May 5, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    I liked the movie coz I was a huge fan of the first, but yeah it wasn’t as good as the first, despite clocking in at about 2.5 hours or so I didn’t get as much of it compared to the first one. I did like the appearance of SHIELD though. 🙂

  3. iamthewitch May 5, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

    The sequels are usually a letdown, aren’t they? But I’m still going to watch it tonight because I find Robert Downey Junior too cute! 😛

  4. Charlene May 5, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

    I think Robert was awesome in the character he played. I wasn’t sure at first when they chose him for the 1st movie, but I know now why they did. Overall, I did enjoy the movie, it was good. Very worth it 🙂

  5. kimberlycun May 5, 2010 at 2:40 pm #

    i still will want to tap that iron arse.

  6. KY May 5, 2010 at 2:58 pm #

    mickey did so well i didn’t even know it was him till reading imdb!

  7. eyeris May 5, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

    It IS A little underwhelming isn’t it? Told you not to have TOO high expectations. haha.

  8. Galvin Tan May 5, 2010 at 4:56 pm #

    A billionaire with cool powered exoskeleton which trying to make the world a better and safer place… nice plot. However, I must say the CGI is less than impressive this time round… especially the part in Monaco when those race cars go tumbling around like some plastic toy.

  9. JD May 6, 2010 at 8:33 am #

    I think it’s alright and even better than the 1st one. I guess, different people, different opinion?

  10. JaCJaC May 6, 2010 at 5:36 pm #

    i was disappointed too!!! 🙁
    have u watched IP Man 2? wayyyy better then expected
    i kena con cos everyone was telling me iron man2 was so good n ip man 2 was bad, but after watching both movies all at one go, i wished i watched ipman2 last.
    donnie yen so bloody yao yeng there.
    tony stark looked like crap >.< not the image i had when Ironman 2 first came out

  11. dbone May 8, 2010 at 7:28 am #

    So far I’m still pretty disappointed by this year’s flicks. I thought Up In The Air had an interesting concept, and Ip Man 2 was okay as popcorn entertainment… haven’t seen Iron Man 2, but everyone’s like saying “mehh..”

    I’m really hoping that Robin Hood breaks the trend though! Soon, soon…

  12. ShaolinTiger May 10, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

    Mark Leo: Haha yah, none stop action fest…but that was about it.

    Huai Bin: Yah it’s still good, but definitely lacking any depth.

    iamthewitch: Yah it’s still a must watch and well it’s not as bad as Transformers 2.

    Charlene: Yah he’s still a superb actor, but the film was a bit meh.

    kimberlycun: LOL?

    KY: Yah he’s really starting to rock it man.

    eyeris: Haha yah luckily I wasn’t expecting much once the reviews started coming in.

    Galvin Tan: Yah was generally just a bit disappointing.

    JD: Yah, it’s alright – I’m not saying it’s bad – just not good.

    JaCJaC: Yah, Ip Man 2 definitely better than Iron Man 2!

    dbone: If you haven’t watched it yet, watch Kickass – best movie of the year so far 🙂

  13. dogbone May 12, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    Ooh yeah… Kick-ass was great! Hit-Girl has to be the one of the most entertaining characters I’ve seen on screen in a bit, heh. Practically a pint-sized WMD… she’s sorta like a rabid, female version of Minime on steroids. Sheer awesomeness.

  14. ShaolinTiger May 12, 2010 at 4:32 pm #

    dogbone: Hahah yah, waiting to see what comes for the rest of the year. Would like to see a Hit-Girl movie tho.

  15. c May 18, 2010 at 5:44 am #

    I love Iron Man!! Robert Downey Jr. is charming and endearing and made me love this movie! Normally I’m not a comic book fan, usually I go for more dramatic stuff l, but because of Downey I’m a convert and loving it!! But Scarlette Jo has got to go I just find her annoying.

  16. ShaolinTiger May 18, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    c: Yah but she’d damn hot right 😀

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