Ironman 2 is out and in full swing. I got to watch it on opening day at the Regal and it didn't disappoint, unless you count when the screen went black halfway in and kids started crying and then you find out from management that the projector bulb went out and you will get your money back to watch it again another time because restarting it is out of the question. So I just jumped screens to a showing that had started after mine and re-watched the first half again.
The film did very well for a sequel to an already very good movie. The action was well animated to look as real as possible (men don't fly in metal suits, yet) and it was well implemented throughout the movie to keep you awake. The Actors were as good as you can get for the parts. I wouldn't change out a single one of them. Don Cheadle slipped into the roll of 'War Machine' perfectly after Terrence Howard dropped out. Scarlett Johansson definitely will grab your attention every single time she shows up on screen, which is a lot. She plays a cool sort of duo with Gwyneth Paltrow as the women in charge, Ironman just has the firepower. Mickey Rourke's comeback is looking good! He plays a very good pissed off son.
(CAUTION! SPOILERS IN THIS PARAGRAPH!) My favorite thing in Ironman 2 is most definitely S.H.I.E.L.D. Jon Favreau is working with Marvel and other directors to create the ultimate movie tie-together to the Avengers movie. It all started with the original Ironman where Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) is covering up Stark's tracks through S.H.I.E.L.D. The movie also ends after the credits with Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson) asking Stark to listen to a proposition about the Avenger Initiative. A month later in The Incredible Hulk, Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) shows up after the credits to talk about the Avengers to General Ross (William Hurt). Ironman 2 continues with showing Captain America's shield in the movie as well as another tip after the film of Agent Coulson finding Thor's hammer in New Mexico in a crater. Thor is set to be in theaters next year in May followed by Captain America in July. Nick Fury will then become a full movie in 2012 to introduce...drumroll please! The Avengers! So there is your lesson for today on superheros and the awesome lineup that Hollywood has planned for Marvel movies. Sometime later I will talk about DC movies and where they're going.
All in all, I give the sequel to Ironman a 9 out of 10. It has the actors, action, budget, comedy, and story but the one thing I want to see is Ironman take on someone other than another dude in a robotic outfit.
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