Excerpt: Most sequels offer you one of two choices in their approach: either bigger, louder and faster (the most popular choice), or smaller with a focus on characters over plot. Both of these choices offer certain costs and benefits. One gives you more bang for your buck but tends to be empty and heartless. The other will offer a surfeit of heart but with so little actually happening that you can't help but feel unsatisfied.
Excerpt: Six months after he's revealed his identity to the world, Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man (a.k.a Robert Downey Jr.) is more of a rock star than ever before, but he also finds himself the target of a number of different factions: the government wants to take away his armor, deeming it to be a dangerous weapon; Stark's main competitor Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) is trying to get his hands on Stark's Iron Man designs as well; a Russian physicist known as Ivan Vanko (Mickey...
Conclusion: Extras This being the stripped-down single-disc version, this didn’t include anything extra to speak of; some commentary by Favreau and some interactive features – I was hoping for a comic background analysis like the first film’s Disc One carried, but that wasn’t here. Summary & Recommendations Definitely a buy, and I can’t wait for part three!
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. With the myriad list of comic book/superhero movies coming out annually, “Iron Man” rose above the rest to become one of the highest-grossing films of 2008. Robert Downey Jr.
Excerpt: S.H.I.E.L.D. Data Vault (HD) - Extend your knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with high-level clearance into S.H.I.E.L.D.'s digital data vault. Interact with select scenes from the movie that include new layers of graphics and insider information. View case files, dossiers, S.H.I.E.L.D. training films, tech details and more.
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 information will slip into the wrong hands. With Pepper Potts, and James "Rhodey" Rhodes at his side, Tony forges new alliances and confronts powerful new forces.
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. Now, Iron Man 2 brings us the next level of movie marketing, where the plot of the film now becomes an advertisement. See, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.
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.