***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!
Iron Man 2 - 5 out of 5
In my opinion, most comic book adaptations are either hit or miss. They are either really well made like The Incredible Hulk (with Ed Norton, and I'm still upset he's not revisiting the character in The Avengers), the first Iron Man, X2, The Dark Knight and 300. And sometimes they are incredibly poorly done like Ang Lee's The Hulk and The Punisher with Thomas Jane. Usually when the adaptation goes wrong it stems from a failure to honor the source material by messing up the story and conveying the characters COMPLETELY unlike their comic book counterparts. However, when a comic adaptation is done right, it is usually done by those who love the source material and this can easily be seen in the finish product.
And it is seen in spades in Iron Man 2.
Jon Favreau proves once again he was the perfect man to bring Iron Man to the screen and Robert Downey Jr. was the perfect man to portray Tony Stark. The camera work is perfect and the editing is spot on! All the technical elements come together to work in unison with the cast. Mickey Rouke is extremely entertaining as Whiplash and a big, BIG thank you to Jon Favreau for putting Scarlett Johansson in a skin-tight jumpsuit. One of the biggest selling points that brought me to this movie was casting Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer. I am a HUGE fan of Rockwell and, although the character of Hammer was changed from the comic, his delivery of a younger, hipper Justin Hammer was very entertaining. Let's also not forget the sweet cameo by Garry Shandling! He only has a few scenes but they are very memorable.
Gwyneth Paltrow returns as Pepper Potts and, although I've never been a fan of Paltrow, she really did fit the part and I was happy to see her return. Paul Bettany, another man I am a big fan of, returns as the voice of Jarvis, Tony Stark's computer program. The man has a great voice for the part and even though it is a small part, his voice is perfect for it. We also get to see a larger part than just a teasing cameo of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Jackson (do I have to say it) is an actor I am ANOTHER big fan of. How big? Let's just say that I have a wallet that says "Bad Mother Fucker" on it.
One disappointment that came in the cast for this sequel was that Terrence Howard did not return to play Col. James "Rhodey" Rhodes. This was a shame because Howard openly admitted he is a big fan of War Machine and he didn't get to suit up for this movie. Taking his place was Don Cheadle and, when I first viewed this movie at the theaters, I was skeptical whether he could filled the void of Howard. And I was pleasantly surprised. Although not better than Howard, Cheadle does a great job as War Machine.
And let's not forget how awesome it is that War Machine was in this one.
The action is great filled with fantastic gags that keep the story from getting too serious and keeps the movie fun. Fast pace, sleek and sexy, this movie had all the ingredients for a epic summer blockbuster that is perfect to just sit back and have a absolutely GREAT time for two hours!
And then there is the great tease for the next Marvel movie after the credits!