Iron Man 2 Movie Review

Not twice as good, but not half as good either.

Not twice as good, but not half as good either.

I saw Iron Man 2 opening day with my brother.  I know that it has been a couple of weeks since then and this is a little stale, but I briefly lost my blogging mojo due to external circumstances.  Iron Man returns Sherlock Holmes as the lead and the big girl from Shallow Hal as Pepper Potts.  Introducing that really famous girl that really hasn’t done much but still manages to be famous as Natalie, that famous actor from the 80’s who revitalized his career by being crazy as the bad guy Ivan, and Wild Bill from Green Mile as Tony Stark’s rival.  Also, inexplicably replacing that dude from Crash as Rhodey is Basher from Ocean’s 11.

Expectations:  I initially had very high expectations for Iron Man 2 because I loved the first one so much.  As I was driving to the theater, I was thinking, “Dude, there is no way this is going to be Dark Knight.  So settle down.”  On the other hand, didn’t it have to be better than Batman Returns and Fantastic Four: Silver Surfer?  By the time I got there, I was thinking Spiderman II, good not great.

Reality: It was much, much better than Spiderman II but of course, no Dark Knight.  Robert Downey was incredible again. Mickey Rourke, who I suspect might not have been acting, was great as a crazy villain.  Scarlett Johannsen (not going to check spelling so leave it alone) and Gwenyth Paltrow (again) were not as wet-blankety as sometimes the female leads can be in hero movies.  There was great action and a plot that was not as convoluted as most superhero sequels can be.  Great blend of humor and action.  Did I mention that I saw it on the Imax?  Everything is cooler on Imax.  (Sidenote: now that my wife is hooked on the sparkly vampire books, do you think that they could please make one of these movies for Imax and/or 3D? That would really help me out.  Thx.)

Appropriateness:  Superhero violence that never is too bad.  It’s mostly beating up robots, but there is some blodd ‘n stuff.  Tony Stark’s character is still a cad, and so there is much innuendo, bikini ladies, etc.  My nine year old who loves superhero movies will not be allowed to see it yet.  She is still mad at me that I haven’t let her see the first one.  Of all the superhero franchises, this is the least kid friendly, IMNSHO (In my not so humble opinion)

Rating: (Here is the system)

See it in the theater and will definitely own

See it in the theater and might own

See it in the theater and will likely rent it

See it in the theater and be done

See it at the dollar theater

Rent it

Avoid it.

I rate it a see it in the theater and definitely own it.


5 Responses to “Iron Man 2 Movie Review”
  1. Steve Manatt says:

    Agreed, but I felt like the cheese factor with Stark’s rival was a little over the top. I gotta say, I want a computer setup like he has in his basement.

    Rating: see it in the theater and definitely own it

  2. Brado says:

    I think “Wolverine” is the least kid friendly super-hero flick.

  3. Heidi M says:

    Love your rating system. Steve and I have used the 1-10 system and it really becomes meaningless because one of us always rates the movie as a 6 1/2 (TERRIBLE MOVIE) or an 8+ (Really loved it)

    Loved Iron Man but the plot was weak in Iron Man 2. I’ve seen it in the theater. Don’t care if I ever see it again, but apparently we are oging to own it.

    Dark Knight is the least kid friendly individual film of the bunch.

  4. Jason McCool says:

    Definitely the most unusual movie review I’ve read, and yet somehow more informative that Siskel & Ebert ever were. Love the rating system. I guess I’ll have to get it on DVD so I can see it and own it in 1 fell swoop.

    I think The Watchmen was the darkest, most family-unfriendly “superhero” movie made so far. That was a couple hours I’ll never get back.

  5. cloften says:

    As a franchise, Iron Man is the least kid-friendly. I would not let my girls see either of the movies. I have let my girls see Batman Begins and the 3 original X-men movies.

    If I’m going to pick an individual movie, I will go with Batman Returns with Danny DeVito and Michelle Pfieffer over Dark Knight or Wolverine.

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