RvReview: Iron Man 2
Iron Man is back. And this time he’s got one extra yellow stripe on his suit! Ross McG has been to check out the brilliantly named Iron Man 2. But what did he think? Find out in his spoiler-free review after the jump.
Let’s not mess around – Iron Man 2 is a bit of a mess. On paper it should be an iron-clad success. It retains most of the first movie’s cast and surrounds them with more talent. It also has the opportunity to iron out the original’s weaknesses – watching two CGI metal thingys whack each other wasn’t very exciting. Unless you’re 12. It’s a real shame then that when we get to the finale of Iron Man 2 we get lots of CGI metal thingys whacking each other. Is there anything more boring than playing a crap video game than watching someone else play a crap video game?
Don’t worry though, Iron Man 2 has plenty of faults before it gets to its pretty stock ending. Remember when the characters in your favourite sitcom started reverting to type in every episode and you cringed along? Well, the Iron Man series has got to that stage in just two movies. The major problem with this film is that despite Robert Downey Jr’s best efforts, Tony Stark is still just a complete dick. He makes Bruce Wayne look like a BFF. It’s hard to root for the guy who you don’t really like and who is buried inside a red and yellow special effect.
Like Iron Man’s new suit, the sequel is carrying too much beef. I have little problem, unlike some, with the large number of extra characters that have been pumped into proceedings. My complaint is that they are given nothing to do. Needless scene follows needless scene. Some bright spark had the idea to put a senators’ hearing (‘YAY!!’ the 16 to 24 demographic must be screaming) into a superhero movie. And it isn’t even the worst scene. That honour belongs to a lame, booze-fuelled fight involving Stark at his birthday party. Come back Emo Peter Parker, all is forgiven…
And please, please Marvel… I know I may be in the minority here, but stop putting obvious references to upcoming projects in your movies. I went to see Iron Man. I really couldn’t give a shit about Thor or Captain Planet or any of The Avengers.
Iron Man 2 may be pretty crap, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few great moments. The introduction of Whiplash (Mickey Rourke, playing Mickey Rourke, except he’s Russian Mickey Rourke) at the Monaco GP is terrific, although it’s rendered pretty null by the fact that for the rest of the movie Rourke gets to do nothing at all. Sam Rockwell is also great fun as Justin Hammer, but then Sam Rockwell should just be in every film. Who knows, if he’s in Iron Man 3 I might go to see it…