Better late then never, right guys?
There is only one thing that left me fearful in the Iron Man 2 movie, Scarlett Johannson. She was obviously chosen for her looks and not for her acting skills because Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts left Scarlett in the dust. I can only hope that she either ups her acting for the Avengers movie, or she just doesn’t talk at all during the movie. She does well as a pretty face and kind of a back character but she’s just such a flat actress. When she’s bantering with Tony Stark or Pepper Potts you just don’t FEEL anything. I wanted a witty, cocky, smart aleck chick, it’s just NOT there. There is no WAY she could be worried about upstaging the Pepper Potts character because . . . that just wouldn’t happen.
If you are hoping for major action scenes in this second installment you will be disappointed, as with all sequels it is mostly plot and relationship development. You get more of a back story on Tony Stark and his father, which is nice. I teared up a bit, not going to lie. But DON’T worry it’s NOT a chick movie! However, it does have less action. In a way you can understand it though because the entire first installment was about perfecting the suit, which of course meant we all got more of a visual dose of what it was capable of. In this part you get to know more about all of the individual characters. That made it a perfect time to bring in the replacement actor for the original guy who played Tony Stark’s best friend.
I have to say I was extremely happy with the replacement actor. The play off and banter seemed much more natural then it was in the first one. The two actually seemed like they had been friends for a very long time, and less like they just served as an annoyance to each other. You could actually see the bond there. So major props to the casting people.
I was extremely impressed with the villain, Mickey Rourke was an excellent choice to go up against the acting of Robert Downey Jr. His calm and collected mockery went great with the witty one liners that Tony Stark delivers constantly. The back story of this villain was equally as fascinating. They are definitely sticking with a villain type though, seeing as the villain in the second one is a bit similar to the one in the first.
Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts didn’t come off as annoying or ultra macho feminist (which I greatly appreciated), all in all she still remained a nice feminine balance to Tony Stark’s machisimo attitude.
The plot was very difficult to predict, and I must say I was surprised a few times. However I was very disappointed that they cut out the line they constantly showed in the trailers, where he says “You complete me” to Pepper Potts as he jumps out of a plane. I mean WHY? I loved that line specifically because it truly showed the relationship he had with her as well as his personality. I felt they removed a way to understand Tony Stark’s character when that was taken out.
The movie does get a bit emo at one point, not Spiderman 3 emo (thank God), but kind of that tug at your heart emo. Where you actually feel sorry for the character instead of wishing you could gouge your own eyes out because you can’t handle the utter stupidity.
All in all, I will beg Brad to buy this movie when it is out on Blu-Ray and I highly recommend watching it. They didn’t ruin the franchise. I swear if they lose Robert Downey Jr. the whole thing will go down the drain though . . .
btw Sherlock Holmes was pretty cool too.
oh and Scarlet Johannson better start getting by on more then her looks if she wants to really pull off the Black Widow. She’s going to be up there with Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, and (fingers crossed) Edward Norton. DON’T SCREW THIS UP FOR ME BLONDIE!!!!!!