IMDb Rating: 7,0/10
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Director: Jon Favreau
Writers: Justin Theroux, Stan Lee
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow
I’m still pleased about how “Iron Man 2” is still held by the director who also directs the original version, John Favreau. In fact, the second movie is more specifically into the special effect which is twice as good as the original. However, it didn’t change the fact that a long-waited after its success two years ago was quite welcoming. Lt. Col. James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes, previously played by Terrence Howard, was replaced by Don Cheadle which isn’t the problem. In addition, other famous actors such as Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson as an easter egg, Scarlett Johannson as Natalie Rushman, and Sam Rockwell are quickened. Bottom line, this is a great movie if you are curious but not too show something from the story which seems so boring and open winded. Regardless of that, the action is represented from all points of view and could be said to be strong.
With the world now aware of his dual life as the armored superhero Iron Man, billionaire inventor Tony Stark faces pressure from the government, the press, and the public to share his technology with the military. Unwilling to let go of his invention, Stark, along with Pepper Potts, and James “Rhodey” Rhodes at his side, must forge new alliances – and confront powerful enemies.
The story revolves after six months from the previous story, Tony Stark has been regarded as a symbolism of the unifying nation in order to maintain peace in the world. But, with his new competitor, Justin Hammer played by Sam Rockwell, in addition, the government considers that Iron Man can be one of the most dangerous weapons. On the other hand, the arc reactor which became a “life” for Tony Stark turned out having a side effect of being able to kill himself little by little. Tony Stark, who knew it was starting to get frustrated about himself, made himself worried by his friends. On the other hand, Ivan Vanko, the son of a former colleague of Stark’s father tried to get revenge by making a replica of Stark’s arc reactor in order to kill Stark in the face of thousands of people in the middle of the circuit race.
As the story progresses, this film indeed offers a storyline which is well-told but unique to the story level, which is at least quite rare in other superhero movies. However, “Iron Man 2” was executed in mess and boring ways. The movie seems to focus on the main plot and the sub-plot, making everything mess up. The conflicts are even made in an inappropriate way. Tony Stark as a billionaire with his Iron Man costume, full of confidence as if he had an acute depression. It’s like watching “The Dark Knight” where Bruce Wayne is faced with two decision that will test his humanity and himself as a superhero. Too many sub-plots between the main story make this movie forgettable in the main story. In fact, Whiplash as the main antagonist in this film feels forgotten thanks to the sub-plots themselves. Because of the those, everything was messed up. It’s a simple conflict yet was made as complex as possible so that the duration of the movie was more than two hours.
In terms of action, I love how the circuit scene between Tony Stark and Ivan Vanko in this sequence. In fact, Iron Man’s costume itself is more advanced than usual. For the antagonist, there is nothing interesting. Using a whip as his weapon? Comfortable? Less ambitious? You got that. This part feels the best of all compared to the inner conflict of Rhodes at the final battle which ends in a collaboration to defeat all enemies. In terms of plot, the movie is so boring. It’s hard to keep up what’s the point that this film wants to come apart from various easter eggs like Peter Parker as a kid saved by Tony Stark, several locates especially map showing Bruce Banner’s place, and Thor’s hammer at the post-credit.
Scarlett Johansson appeared with her sexy role model as the fanservice despite just a few actions were so pointless but, why not? From here too, Black Widow was introduced for the first time which will later participate in “The Avengers.” The GGI, as I said, is one of the best compared to the original film. In addition, Mickey Rourke gave his best performance wherever possible regardless of his character was quickly overlooked. Sam Rockwell as Hammer is such a whiner, a pretty stubborn guy. Bottom line, “Iron Man 2” is a great movie yet is like watching shounen anime, just in the form of eye candy and the rest is only a filler and fanservice.
“Iron Man 2” is one movie with a huge budget but doesn’t give it what was best. Too many sub-plots are told, the story is too forgettable. The antagonist isn’t too memorable and the same, it’s so forgettable. Various kinds of some easter eggs have become one of the most interesting elements but it’s just emblazoned as it delicious foods. The CGI is better than the original, although this movie is a bit boring in certain parts. It’s pretty great but people who are more expecting this film might come out regretfully either the Marvel fans or Iron Man.