We went to see Iron Man 2 today…mostly because it had finally made it to the dollar theater (which is actually 2 dollars…don’t ask me why it’s called the dollar theater).
I adored the first Iron Man movie, mostly for the character that Robert Downey Jr. created. I want a t-shirt that has a picture of Tony Stark and says, “I am a smarmy ass.” Plus, the man is awfully pretty, in a cocky sort of way.
The pacing of the second movie was a little slower than the first, and it really had two major storylines rather than one. That led to a little slow-down in the middle for me, but the ending brought the pace up again nicely.
I also really liked Mickey Rourke’s character, and thought that he was really sympathetic in the role of villain. The actual villain of the piece was obviously Mr. Hammer, who acts so much like my old boss that it was uncomfortable to see him on the screen for extended amounts of time. I kept waiting for him to ask me to copy something.
Going into the movie, I thought I was going to dislike Scarlett Johanssen’s character (she’s not really on my favorite list of actresses) but I came out a huge fan. I really like that women are actually able to kick some ass in movies now, rather than spending all their time screaming, waiting to be saved, and mooning after the superheroes.
All in all, it was a great movie, and definitely 3 out of 5 stars. However, if your child is going to become so traumatized that she starts screaming in the middle of the movie when things blow up, I would suggest that you might want to leave them at home, or go see Toy Story 3.