Excerpt: With the unprecedented success of the first “Iron Man”, the question wasn’t “should we make a sequel” it was more like “when do we start shooting the sequel?” Hollywood is all about money and “Iron Man” made tons of it, raking in over half a billion dollars in worldwide box office gross.
Excerpt: In "Iron Man 2", the world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark is the armored Super Hero Iron Man. Under pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military, Tony is unwilling to divulge the secrets behind the Iron Man armor because he fears the...
Excerpt: It’s bad enough when you are forced to sit through multiple trailers, a few commercials, still ads, and additional in-movie advertising at the theater. At home, unskippable trailers, various FBI warnings believing you are a pirate, and menu ads push merchandise in your face too.
Conclusion: 'Iron Man 2' is wonky kind of sequel: at times slavishly indebted to his predecessor and yet devianting wildly in some very weird ways. Overall, it's fun and entertaining and diverting enough, but it doesn't build in the ways you'd expect it to, besides laying the groundwork for future Marvel films.
Summary: This is about as complete a package as one could ask for. The extras are abundant, and the picture and sound are so beautiful, they would be distracting if the movie itself weren’t as good as it is. A very strong second entry in the franchise.
Excerpt: The Movie The sequel to the surprise mega-hit Iron Man was rightfully much anticipated. No one predicted the impact that ol' Shellhead would have in 2008, a year that could have been all about a certain Caped Crusader, so what new excitements would Iron Man 2 have in store?
Conclusion: Iron Man 2 delivers pretty much everything anyone could want out of both a sequel and a Summer blockbuster. It's loud, fast-paced, exciting, and crammed with seamless special effects, but it's also structurally sound and backed by a fairly generic but nevertheless workable plot that manages to exist...
Excerpt: The traditional approach to the comic book movie adaptation has evolved considerably in the last decade, mirroring to some extent the evolution that has taken place within the comic book medium itself.
Excerpt: In its best moments, and pretty much all of them were best moments, the original Iron Man felt like a direct extension of its main character, snazzy and charming and way smarter than it lets on.