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Iron Man 2 Movie Review
Eric: Hey guys Eric and Jim here and we’re going to be talking to you today about Iron Man 2. In the film, Tony Stark is paying the price for revealing to the world t the end of the first Iron Man that he is indeed the armored clad super hero.
What we see now is, everybody is out top get him basically, the US Government is after him because they want o appropriate the Iron Man tech to use for the Military and an old enemy of the Stark family has kind of resurface and is out for revenge, so Jim we’ve got a lot of new characters in this movie?
Jim: Yeah maybe too many at times.
Eric: I agree yeah. Let’s focus though on some of the main performances before mainland really, Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Sam Rockwell and Mikey Rourke.
Jim; Yeah, I mean Downey owns the movie again like he did in the first one, he’s great. They really play up Tony’s more obnoxious side this time around, he’s got a grand standing nature, but there’s also a lot going on internally in the character literally that he keeps to himself and so there’s a nice kind of sub character.
He’s scenes, Gwyneth Paltrow has a lot more to do and there’s a lot more at stake for Pepper Potts this time around. San Rockwell’s steals the show it thought, it was just unhammery, kind of the evil Tony Stark, he’s like his doppelganger and then Mikey Rourke is fine as Whiplash, although he’s never called Whiplash in the movie and he underplays at which is good.
He could have been completely hammy and socked but he was fine. You know, one performance I was a little disappointed with is Don Cheadle, he took over for Terrence Howard in the first film as Rhodey a.k.a. War machine and I just felt like everybody in the movie had an art to their characters. So there was a beginning, middle and end.
His art was just all about getting into the War Machine Armor so that we can have that bit battle sequence at the end of the movie.
Eric: I liked Cheadle as Rhodey and I actually will like them better if they were Terrence Howard in that role but I don’t really felt Cheadle for this, I think that’s more a story problem if you put them on paper.
Jim: Then I’m trying to shoot who are in, all these sub plots using Iron Man 2 really is a setup for Avengers and Iron Man sequels. So I thought Cheadle was fine, I thought he brought kind of gravities really as Rhodey and bought him more to the Military men. But that being said, there is one sequence about part way through the film.
It’s basically where Rhodey suites up as War Machine and it’s kind of an awkward sequence, you either on bored with the movie at that point or you’re going to start having problems with it. It seems to have been kind of problematic sequence for some of the folks that have seen the movie.
Eric: Now something that’s definitely not a problematic in the film is the action level. This time around they seem to like bumped it up to eleven, right?
Jim: yup, you definitely get your bang for your buck in this movie. You get a lot more and better action than in the first film which kind of led up to that rather anemic fist fight in Long beach between Iron Monger and Iron Man.
Eric: This time you got a great sequence on a race track in Monaco where we first see Whiplash in action. You’ve got some great stuff with Scarlet Johansen as black widow and a lot of the ending is basically just a flat out action sequence.
Jim: And you see War machine and Iron Man kind of these gunslingers on the old west taking on this army of drones that’s great.
Eric: Yup great stuff. Now you mentioned earlier about kind of the film makers trying to shoot a lot of elements into the film to kind of promote other movies to better to come, I.e. Avengers, Thor, and etcetera. How do you think Iron Man 2 fits in to the grander Marvel Universe with films?
Jim: Well I mean there’s a whole sub plot involving Sam Jackson is back as Nick Fury and Scarlet Johansen as Black Widow. I do wonder that if you’re not aware of Avengers or Marvel’s playing for their movies, if you’re just a person of the street go to see this movie, you’re going to be confused like, why is Sam Jackson in this film? What is this Avenger initiative that you keep talking about? What does this mean, why an I watching this.
I know what they’re doing and I enjoy that and I think for the fan boys out there, they’re going to enjoy the way that this film kind of a successfully weaves all these kind of nods to the upcoming film together.
You know, you get to stay through the end credits and see a very nice, nice little Easter egg for fans definitely. But overall I thought it did a good job setting up for this other films. But it does kind of bug the movie down a little bit about partway through, you guys are getting caught up and all these sub plots.
Eric: Again, it didn’t really bother me nut I think other folks might have heard. Alright well let’s wrap this up. What are you going to tell the IGN viewer watching right now about the movie?
Jim: I’m giving it four stars, it’s a lot of fun and liked it as much as the first movie, a better action this time around though and grey month, and I love them.
Eric: I agree and if you’re a fan of the comic books, definitely keep your eyes open for a lot of kind a wink and nod moment’s throughout the movie. There you have it, for more on Iron Man 2, be sure to check out movies.ign.com.