Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Not as memorable.
Now I love Iron Man as much as the next guy, but just like everything else, it has its faults. Also, just like so many trilogies, the second film in the franchise is easily seen as the worst addition, and I agree. “Worst” doesn’t always mean bad though, it just means if all three were playing on TV right now, Iron Man 2 is probably the one you wouldn’t choose to watch. The first and the third are just that much better. It can’t be completely ignored though, as it furthers the development of the Avengers storyline.
Everyone on Earth now knows that Tony Stark is Iron Man. He said it at a press conference after all, and his confidence and ego have overrun their course. A man by the name of Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) hates Stark and his family and vowed to kill him with his own technology. He creates two whip-like weapons that are powered by Stark’s arc-reactor. After Vanko is put in prison, a weapons developer by the name of Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) helps him escapes and hires him to build Iron Man-like suits for the government in order to achieve a hefty paycheck. Vanko agrees…but only on his terms. Meanwhile, Tony fights to stay alive while his suit affects his blood toxicity levels, killing him every day.
As far as personalities go, this is the Spider-Man 3 of this franchise. What I mean is that, like Spider-Man, Tony is carefree and living it up. Getting drunk on power and not giving a care in the world that he is being retarded. The good thing here is that you believe Stark is capable of that, Peter Parker just looked stupid. So this film was more about Tony’s personality, really, than anything else. He was killing himself and he didn’t care, he was getting drunk and peeing in his suit, he wasn’t being much of a character to look up to.
It’s still a memorable film, though. I never said it was bad, I would still buy it. Here is what you’ll remember from Iron Man 2:
- Blood toxicities
- Hammer = weapons developer
- Ivan = Revenge-hungry Russian with Stark-like smarts
- Scarlett Johansson’s introduction
- Don Cheadle’s introduction
- War Machine
- Connection to Avengers:
- Nick Fury
- Scarlett Johansson
- Agent Coulson
- Special scene linking it to Thor
As far as the Avengers storyline furthering, it was more about introducing Natalie’s character than anything else. The rest doesn’t make a lot of sense. In The Incredible Hulk, there was a scene where Tony Stark met with General Ross, and told him they were putting a team together. First of all, I’m not sure why he met with General Ross and not Bruce. Second of all, that would mean he wanted to be in the Avengers…yet he said in this film he didn’t. Then at the end of this film, you sure believe Iron Man won’t be in it, thanks to a specific plot point, and yet…he is. So the plot seems to be going all over the place in regards to The Avengers, but then again, it’s been a while since I saw the big hit of a movie…maybe it’ll make sense later.
The action and comedy is still in place for this film, the main reason I say this is probably seen as the worst film in the franchise is that the story isn’t that great. It’s something we’ve seen before…a basic… “You killed my father, prepare to die” plot. Then we have Stark technology and robots against Stark again, just like the first film, so I almost feel cheated in a way. I will say that I loved Ivan Vanko’s character, even more than Jeff Bridges in the first film…so there’s that.
Iron Man 2 is a great addition to the Iron Man franchise, but just may not be the “go to” film in the series.