Iron Man 2

Film, Action and adventure
3 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(30user reviews)
The ‘X-Men’, ‘Spider-Man’ and ‘Batman’ movies have proven that the second instalment is where a comic-book blockbuster series finds its feet: with all those pesky origin details out of the way, the filmmakers can focus on raising the stakes, deepening the characters and ramping up the action.

And for the first 45 minutes or so, this is where ‘Iron Man 2’ looks to be heading. Director Jon Favreau sets the stage for a titanic three-way conflagration as Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) is under investigation by the US government following the public revelation of his superhero persona, while his arch rival Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) is scrambling after his technology and mysterious, musclebound Russian physicist Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) is up to unspecified no-good.

The dialogue crackles, the special effects pop and the onscreen action never flags, climaxing with an astonishing multi-car pileup at the Monaco Grand Prix, where Iron Man meets his nemesis Vanko, aka Whiplash, for the first time. So far, so excellent: Favreau builds on the solid foundations of the first movie, and success looks guaranteed. But slowly, imperceptibly, it all starts to fall apart during the remaining hour or so.

A major problem is the number of characters: Downey, Rockwell and Rourke are obviously all enjoying themselves enormously, but the same can’t be said for Don Cheadle as Stark’s redundant buddy-cum-sidekick Rhodes. Nor do the others seem to be having much fun: Gwyneth Paltrow is underused as Stark's assistant-cum-love interest Pepper Potts, while Scarlett Johanssen’s Natalie is slinky but pointless. The less said about a perfunctory appearance from Samuel L Jackson as some sort of shady inter-agency bigwig the better.

As the film plays out, it starts to look likely that all the rumours of reshoots and recuts weren’t just online rabble-rousing. Characters appear and vanish. Seemingly important plot details surface and are swept away. And this feels increasingly like a film which got lost in the edit. Whereas in the first act we jetted from Siberia to Washington to Monaco, the second half is mostly confined to a series of boardrooms, army bases and laboratories. A flat, studio-bound final showdown takes an age to arrive and is over in minutes.

‘Iron Man 2’ is a lot of fun: it’s shiny, likeable and never boring. But it’s also wildly uneven and unnecessarily convoluted, leaving the viewer unsatisfied and hungry for something more substantial. Let’s hope a promised third instalment can fulfil the series’ undeniable potential.


Release details

Release date:
Friday April 30 2010
125 mins

Cast and crew

Jon Favreau
Gwyneth Paltrow
Robert Downey Jr
Sam Rockwell
Paul Bettany
Garry Shandling
Clark Gregg
Samuel L Jackson
Mickey Rourke
Don Cheadle
Scarlett Johansson

Average User Rating

3.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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the movie was good but the thing is \I LIKE HUGE BUTTS!!!!! naa just kiidn the movie was awesome one of the best :O ^^

the movie was good but the thing is \I LIKE HUGE BUTTS!!!!! naa just kiidn the movie was awesome one of the best :O ^^

I'm late to the party, having just seen it for the first time on Blu-ray, and I thought the film was great. The reviewer might not have realized this is part of a multi-film storyline involving the Hulk, Capt. America and Thor films (hence Jackson's appearance) since at the time of release that wasn't overly clear, but I thought everything worked quite well. My only complaint was they cut out the original "You complete me!" version of the skydive opening and there wasn't enough Scarlet Johannson.

I enjoyed it. Entertaining and fun though not as tight as IM1.

Overwritten, overly focussed on cyphers and poorly directed SFX by I assume, 2nd unit directors. The balance was way off with too much talk, a bland Don Cheadle shoe horned in to replace a superior Terrance Howard and blink and you'll miss it Iron Man set pieces. Disappointing.

Did anyone else think that this film lacked ironman? In my opinion, it should have been called Everything But IRONMAN, or Tony Stark talks to some foreign people. I think the whole franchise would have been a lot better if they didnt make a sequel. Or just made this one live up to the name.... of Ironman 2

I got the overwhelming feeling that the target audience of this film was 5-25 year-old lads. Good cast, fairly well acted, but they've all appeared in much better films than this. It's comic book stuff, with good effects, thin storyline, and poor characterisation. I was bored after about 15 mins. An audacious attempt at Audi advertising. (How's that for alliteration? And it is one glorified advert for Audi. Product placement gone mad.) Reconsider going if you possess more than one brain cell.

if u must go to cinema these days -im2 is the best of a bad lot -ROBIN HOOD -is a riddled loss and should be re-named the fat slob crook - it is boring but not half as boring as ROBIN HOOD

Didn't have quite the impact of the original but a good blockbuster night out with some surprisingly touching moments and clever dialogue.

Boring, boring, boring! As one other person said - save you money and buy Iron Man 1. Iran Man 2 is such a waste of money - it really is not worth going to see.

The movie is very boring. First one had a lot of action and seeing iron man for the first time on film, but the second one is total disappointment. They have so much characters and they literally don't do anything but prepare for ending scene. In whole movie there are 2 action scenes and one exhibition in his house. First action scene is practically whole shown on TV trailers and the second one is at the very end. And I really don't get it - they decide to make a movie about comic hero and they concentrate on his inner struggles instead of action. And what struggles are those: is he going to be a happy rich spoil brat or sad rich spoil brat and you can guess which ultimately wins. Not to mention that the bad guys are made pretty much like in 1st movie where they again try to make new iron man for themselves. So these movies should really be called "My iron man is better than yours".

Use the ticket money to buy the Ironman 1 DVD and watch that instead. That way you won't have to take out a loan to buy a drink and popcorn.

Utter waste of time, really enjoyed the first film, but this one, oh dear, dont waste your money or time going to see this.

Once again a reviewer that takes comic book films too seriously. Lighten up people. Of course it's silly and the science is guff, but it was amusing, and Scarlet Johansson kicks ass in a catsuit! What more does a guy need from a popcorn movie?

a little too much sassy talk and a rushed end are minor quibbles. it's rare a blockbuster could do with being longer, so a satisfying 7/10. no real complaints

the film is great and anyone who says it isn't great is a pooface!!!

the film is great and anyone who says it isn't great is a pooface!!!

A confused mish-mash of CGI and explosions, with wooden characters and dialogue bordering on gibberish. Total waste of time and money.

Great fun - especially Robert Downey Jr's magnificent turn as Stark. He's funny, spontaneous and charismatic, and Gwyneth Paltrow plays off him very effectively and quietly. This film is highly entertaining and Downey had the audiences laughing all the way through; why always demand something 'more substantial; this is just sheer entertainment!

Iron Man 2 does what it says on the tin and is about men wearing metal having fights and shooting at eachother. A little more grown-up than Transformers but netts down to cgi finales and lots of noise, A good night's entertainment for the guys to leer at Scarlett's skin tight outfit doing a girlie Matrix movie.Overall a genre that is getting tired, but lots of noise and cgi for those who like it simple.

Silly but good fun.The first half is the best whilst the second half falls away a bit.Not as strong asa first film in this series.

It is interesting that the reviewer thought that the first half of the film was the best bit. Thats was about when I walked out. I really liked the first Iron Man and was looking forward to this one, I love a movie with humour, but as so often happens with a sequel they play it for slapstick laughs. If the film doesnt take itself seriously then it cant create a world that "sucks you in". They should make sure that the director, writer and producers are really into sci-fi. They'll get a better result.