Iron Man 2 lacks Mettle – Original whips Sequel by far (SPOILERS, BEWARE: Fanboys swarmed Olympus on debut nite)
Shrek 2, Spider-Man 2 and Superman 2 are a few examples where the return was better then the debut. Sorry to say Iron Man 2 (IM2) is just a bridge to prepare folk for both Avengers and Thor from Marvel’s line-up. This did not stop a whole slew of fanboys of all ages and colours from swarming the Olympus Theatre at Sheraton Mall last night, the place was packed by the time the trailers were over and the film began!
Stan Lee made his usual cameo in IM2 as one of the well-wishers when Tony Stark was exiting from his year-long Expo where he made a flamboyant arrival which is not only in keeping with Stark but also the playfulness that Robert brings to many of his roles. However, the real scene stealer was Scarlett Johanssen as Natasha Romanov/Natalie Rushman as the Black Widow, she kicked everyone’s butt including Director Jon Favreau as ‘Happy‘ Hogan, Stark’s bodyguard & coach (sic).
Mickey Rourke was made to appear highly intelligent as a physicist/hacker gone way wrong – Ivan Vanko, son of a Howard Stark collaborator. If you’re a comics purist, then you know that “Whiplash” (he was never called so in the picture) was an American by name of Scarlotti.
Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes/War Machine was a poor man’s Terence Howard. The interaction of not Batman and Robin so much as the interaction of Robert Downey’s excellent “Sherlock Holmes” where he sparred verbally and even physically with Jude Law as Dr Watson was blatantly absent.
Marvel, wishing to appear Politically Correct, have transformed Colonel Nick Fury (once portrayed by Caucasian David Hassellhoff, admittedly God knows why he was picked) into Afro-American Samuel L. Jackson, who’s role as Director of S*H*I*E*L*D seems now to be a sop for the fact that both Cheadle and Howard were second fiddles to Robert Downey Jr’s title role.
Some highpoints included when Tony Stark though he was dying and got blasted on booze and was treating Champagne bottles like clay skeets; the initial War Machine and Iron Man conflict in Stark’s Malibu mansion and of course, what happens after the credits at the very end of the film – Odin forbid me revealing!
The budding romance between ‘Pepper‘ Potts and Tony seems force-riped while it did happen in the comics, it was not as rapid as this although history is implied, yet in reality if you knew your boss is a womaniser would you really open yourself (no pun intended) to the possibility of being another notch on his d*ck? Plus, if ‘Happy‘ Hogan rams Whiplash repeatedly with an Audi, how is Rourke/Vanko dragged off Monaco’s racing strip as though he is crippled and is all well and good by the next scene (where we learn Stark speaks French)? If the Arc Reactor is killing Tony, does it heal Russians? Plot failure!
While an acceptable li’l pot-boiler, the reality is you’re better off watching the first Iron Man twice than glomming IM2, since the thrill in the current flick will rust out fast!