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Iron Man's 2nd Best Movie
on May 24, 2011
This film suffers unfairly in comparison to its predecessor. Iron Man's second outing is certainly not as good as his first but the action scenes are still first rate and Tony's desire to go out in a blaze of self-destructive glory is an interesting starting point for the character. It's his journey back that leaves a bit to be desired. Efforts to tie Vanko's hatred of the Stark family into Tony's arc never really succeed and Mickey Rourke feels wasted in the role. Justin Hammer is also a big misstep as the secondary villain as he's just too ineffectual to seem threatening.
Given the shortcomings of the story, Downey's performance is forced to carry a lot more of the weight this time around, but it's up to the challenge. The bigger and better effects and action sequences also help and Marvel fans get plenty of nods to the wider universe to enjoy. It's all enough to make me forgive, but not ignore, the film's problems.
The feature length 'making of' is good but (as with most things) not as good as the one for the first movie. There's also very little here for those looking to learn more about the comics, which is a disappointment. Still, the set is jam-packed with extras and looks at the stunt work and digital/practical effects integration are a highlight. There's also a commentary by Favreau and a rather useless "SHIELD data vault" full of tidbits for the uber-fans.
As expected, the transfer on 'Iron Man 2' is first rate. This is the perfect shiny showcase for your home theatre. The first film's attention to detail is in full force here and it definitely makes the blu-ray purchase worthwhile.
The film suffers in comparison to its predecessor, but that doesn't change the fact that it's still a good movie. Those looking to have another fun adventure with Iron Man will find it well worth their time.