I forget why I wanted to watch Iron Man 2, and now that I’ve seen it, I’m pretty sure it’s not because it got good reviews. The movie’s not very good and it feels like you’re locked in a track and have to wait as it reaches its destination. It didn’t seem like a movie from this generation in that there were several scenes where the characters seem to just sit around and shoot the breeze (maybe I’m too familiar with the Iron Man/Marvel backstory). I suppose it’s character development, but I personally found it boring. The fights weren’t impressive at all – although Iron Man doesn’t have a lot of special powers, he can’t Kung Fu or anything; he can only be impervious and shoot some repulsor beams.
There were a couple of enjoyable things. The snippy dialog between Tony Stark and Pepper Potts was fun, although maybe a bit too fast. And I finally got interested in the movie when Nick Fury showed up. I also liked the cameo of a half-constructed Captain America shield.
I’ll think Iron Man 2 is 2 out of 5 stars. It just doesn’t feel very well put together. The plot has too many holes – for example, what happens now that the US military have Arc Reactors? Iron Man is no longer 20 years ahead of the game.