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Iron Man 2 (2010)

aka Iron Man 2

"It's not the armor that make the hero, but the man inside."

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Details: 124 mins · English, Russian, French · PG-13 (USA)

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Silly Rather Than Serious

Iron Man 2 is a fun film, plain and simple. If you're looking for something serious or deep, go elsewhere. It does try and tread in these waters, but it's mostly surface stuff. Rather, it gives you some fight scenes and comic fan service.

Iron Man is as we remember, cocky and unwilling to compromise with much of anyone. But, with the pressures of a government that doesn't trust him, enemies who appear out of the woodwork, and his own life at stake on a daily basis, Stark finds himself on a rather rocky precipice, on the verge of falling. Most of this, however, is dumbed down exponentially in order to appease audiences who would rather not think much. We see a number of conflicts solved in a couple of foul swoops, one coincidence standing out to me as particularly absurd.

The enemies here are pretty lame. No, not as bad as the Dark Knight Rises; these guys represented well at least. Rather, the villains just aren't interesting, even in their native format. And, while Iron Man 3 alt...(more)

Iron Man 2 is a fun film, plain and simple. If you're looking for something serious or deep, go elsewhere. It does try and tread in these waters, but it's mostly surface stuff. Rather, it gives you some fight scenes and comic fan service.

Iron Man is as we remember, cocky and unwilling to compromise with much of anyone. But, with the pressures of a government that doesn't trust him, enemies who appear out of the woodwork, and his own life at stake on a daily basis, Stark finds himself on a rather rocky precipice, on the verge of falling. Most of this, however, is dumbed down exponentially in order to appease audiences who would rather not think much. We see a number of conflicts solved in a couple of foul swoops, one coincidence standing out to me as particularly absurd.

The enemies here are pretty lame. No, not as bad as the Dark Knight Rises; these guys represented well at least. Rather, the villains just aren't interesting, even in their native format. And, while Iron Man 3 altered their villain to make him more beneficial to the plot, this film tries to capture the essences of the originals, but sacrifices some in doing so. This is particularly reflected in the fights, which are generally not that great to watch, and often much too short, especially the final showdown, which starts and ends in roughly a minute and a half, which felt unsatisfying and disappointing. There is one great fight that stands out in my mind, but, ironically, it's not between enemies, but friends. That's because the villains, for the most part, are better at the behind the scenes work then they are with actual confrontations.

Because of this, a lot of this film sees Tony questioning himself, which makes the lack of an interesting enemy more forgivable. There are multiple things Iron Man is trying to figure out for himself, often deterring help for the sake of keeping it all to himself. At times, it's pretty interesting to see what antics he'll be up to next in order to accomplish his goals, while at others it just becomes too much. Too often does this film allow Tony to do almost anything he wants, which, in a way, makes his situation late in the film that much more potent.

We see a lot more of SHIELD's involvement here, more so than any Marvel film prior, and it both benefits and hinders the narrative. While important to include it and start fleshing out the organization, it takes way from the story at hand often, distracting us with cameos and funny dialogue that sometimes doesn't really pertain to the story at hand. There are a few nods to other characters, which is nice to see, but it becomes to prevalent of a presence to be useful.

The character work here for Tony is great, but, for everyone else, it's okay at best. Black Widow is certainly a stand out character (for more than one reason), but Pepper Potts feels a bit too naggy and obnoxious, Tony's bodyguard is too goofy for his own good, Nick Fury is too Samuel Jackson-esque, and Coulson, though lovable, isn't that interesting of a character here. However, this is meant to be about fun, so this is somewhat forgivable.

Though it's a silly story, this can be enjoyable, as long as you don't go into it with expectations. It's mostly goofy and will make you laugh, but it's not anything overly special. (less)

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better than the first, still not quite there

While far superior to the first Iron Man, this movie never quite came together as well as the non-Iron Man MCU films. The good news is that, with the origin story out of the way, this movie could actually do something interesting and less hackneyed. Scarlett Johansson is a welcome (and very sexy) addition as the Black Widow, and I loved Sam Rockwell’s bumbling bad guy. And the film poses an interesting question: how would a superhero behave if they thought they had weeks to live?

My first major issue was with the science involved. Yes, I know I shouldn’t overthink this, but the idea of being able to synthesize a new element from a fancy diagram is complete absurdity. I took high school chemistry, and even we learned such things are impossible. Scientists have synthesized as many elements as possible, and all of those elements are radioactive. The newer elements decay in microseconds. And as you go down the periodic table, the half-lives get lower. So the idea that one could ...(more)

While far superior to the first Iron Man, this movie never quite came together as well as the non-Iron Man MCU films. The good news is that, with the origin story out of the way, this movie could actually do something interesting and less hackneyed. Scarlett Johansson is a welcome (and very sexy) addition as the Black Widow, and I loved Sam Rockwell’s bumbling bad guy. And the film poses an interesting question: how would a superhero behave if they thought they had weeks to live?

My first major issue was with the science involved. Yes, I know I shouldn’t overthink this, but the idea of being able to synthesize a new element from a fancy diagram is complete absurdity. I took high school chemistry, and even we learned such things are impossible. Scientists have synthesized as many elements as possible, and all of those elements are radioactive. The newer elements decay in microseconds. And as you go down the periodic table, the half-lives get lower. So the idea that one could provide directions for synthesizing an element in a diagram (when the actual method is: chuck two atoms at each other and hope they fuse) is preposterous. The idea that Tony Stark could successfully synthesize a new element that would maintain its character for longer than a second is even more preposterous. So, sorry, but my inner chem nerd rejects this movie.

My second issue is with the presence of the “Avengers Initiative” as a D-plot in the movie. The entire thing felt entirely irrelevant, forced, and artificial. The other MCU movies feel like SHIELD is there organically, doing their thing. The whole Avengers Initiative had no bearing on anything, and essentially serves as an unnecessary advertisement for The Avengers. (less)

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Excellent

The second Iron Man movie is slightly better than the first, Downey jr's Stark is excellent and Mickey Rourke is a vey convincing villan (hard to belive that he was a hearttrob once)

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Cast:

Small Tony Stark / Iron Man
Small Natalie Rushman / Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Small Pepper Potts
Small Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes / War Machine
Small Ivan Vanko / Whiplash
Small Justin Hammer
Small Nick Fury
Small Happy Hogan
Small Agent Coulson
Small Jarvis
Small Rebecca
Small Senator Stern
Small Chess Roberts
Small Christine Everhart
Small U.S. Marshal
Small Howard Stark
Small Major Allen
No_movie_poster Rebeka
No_movie_poster Ironette Dancer
No_movie_poster News Cameraman
No_movie_poster Reporter
No_movie_poster Security Guard Fighting Happy Hogan
No_movie_poster Ironette Dancer
No_movie_poster Guard
No_movie_poster Strawberry Vendor
Small Anton Vanko
No_movie_poster Detective Lemieux
No_movie_poster Party Guest

Crew:

No_movie_poster John Debney Music
No_movie_poster Matthew Libatique Director of Photography
Small Stan Lee Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Richard Pearson Editor
Small Kevin Feige Producer
No_movie_poster Dan Lebental Editor
No_movie_poster Denis L. Stewart Executive Producer
Small Justin Theroux Screenplay
Small Jon Favreau Director
No_movie_poster Susan Downey Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Louis D'Esposito Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Alan Fine Executive Producer
No_movie_poster David Maisel Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Victoria Alonso Producer
No_movie_poster Jeremy Latcham Producer
Small Heidi Brook Myers ADR & Dubbing
No_movie_poster Don Heck Story Contributor
Small Stan Lee Story Contributor
Small Jack Kirby Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Larry Lieber Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Dan Lebental Editing

Taglines:

"It's not the armor that make the hero, but the man inside."

Plot:

In Russia, the news media covers Tony Stark's disclosure of his identity as Iron Man. Ivan Vanko, whose father Anton Vanko has just died, sees this and begins building an arc reactor similar to Stark's.


Six months later, Stark has used his armor to help maintain world peace. He re-institutes the Stark Expo in Flushing Meadows to continue his father Howard's legacy. Senator Stern demands that Stark turn over the Iron Man technology to the government. Stark refuses, claiming that foreign nations and business competitors are decades away from recreating his work, and that it is his property.


The palladium core in the arc reactor that keeps Stark alive and powers the armor is slowly poisoning him, and he has failed to find a substitute. Growing increasingly despondent and reckless due to his impending death, and choosing not to tell anyone about his condition, Stark appoints his personal assistant Pepper Potts CEO of Stark Industries, and hires Stark employee Natalie Rushman to replace her as his personal assistant.


While Stark is racing at the Circuit de Monaco, he is attacked by Vanko, who uses his arc reactor to power whip-like energy weapons. Stark defeats Vanko with the aid of his portable briefcase armor, and learns that Vanko is the son of his father's old partner, Anton Vanko, who had collaborated with Howard on the first arc reactor. Anton was deported to his native Soviet Union following attempts to profit from the technology and died in poverty, explaining Vanko's desire for revenge on the Stark family. Rival defense contractor Justin Hammer fakes Vanko's death and recruits him to perfect a line of armored suits to upstage Stark. Hammer, who equals Stark on narcissism and arrogance, wishes to not only defeat his rival in military contracts, but also wishes to absolutely destroy his legacy.


At what he believes is his final birthday party, Stark gets drunk while using the Iron Man armor, forcing his friend, U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes, to intervene. Rhodes dons Stark's Mark II armor and battles Stark. The battle ends when the combatants both fire repulsor beams at each other, creating a huge explosion. After fighting with Stark, Rhodes delivers the armor to the U.S. military. Nick Fury, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s director, approaches Stark, revealing Rushman as undercover agent Natasha Romanoff and that Howard Stark was a S.H.I.E.L.D. founder whom Fury knew personally. Fury gives him some of his father's old material; a hidden message in the diorama of the 1974 Stark Expo proves to be a diagram of the structure of a new element. With the aid of his computer J.A.R.V.I.S., Stark synthesizes it. Vanko reveals to Stark that he is still alive and seeking revenge so Stark uses the untested element, ending his palladium dependency.


At the Expo, Hammer unveils Vanko's armored drones, led by Rhodes in a heavily weaponized version of the Mark II armor. Stark arrives in his new armor to warn Rhodes, but Vanko seizes control of both the drones and Rhodes' armor and attacks Iron Man. Hammer is arrested while Romanoff and Stark's bodyguard Happy Hogan attempt to capture Vanko. He escapes, but Romanoff returns control of the Mark II armor to Rhodes.


After defeating his drones Stark and Rhodes confront Vanko himself, now in a new and powerful suit of armor. Neither can match Vanko, but Vanko is ultimately defeated when they fire repulsor rays at each other, causing yet another huge explosion. With his suit too damaged to continue the fight Vanko activates his suit's self-destruct mechanism, along with that of his drones, apparently killing himself in the process. Stark saves Potts from the exploding drones' remains. Potts quits as CEO, and she and Stark kiss.


At a debriefing, while news footage of a rampaging Hulk plays, Fury informs Stark that while Iron Man is a suitable candidate for the "Avengers Initiative", he himself is not. Stark agrees to serve as a consultant if Senator Stern acts as presenter at a ceremony planned for awarding Stark and Rhodes with medals for bravery, which Stern reluctantly does.


In a post-credits scene, S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson reports the discovery of a large hammer at the bottom of a crater in a desert in New Mexico.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2010-05-07 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2010-04-30 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 2010-04-28 : France

Theatrical : 2010-04-26 : Los Angeles

Theatrical : 2010-05-07 : Canada

Theatrical : 2010-04-30 : Philippines

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Theatrical : 2010-04-28 : Chile

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DVD : 2010-09-28 : United States of America