I didn’t like Iron Man 2, but it brought in $312 million, only $6 million less than the first one, so someone liked it.
In Iron Man 2, Tony Stark is under pressure from the government to divulge the secrets to his flying suit of armor. He is resistant, because he fears the information will fall into the wrong hands. Meanwhile, a Russian scientist, Ivan Vanko, wants revenge on Stark for sins of Tony’s father against his own father. Vanko builds a suit that has electrified whips on both hands, which earns him the name Whiplash. Pepper Potts and James “Rhodey” Rhodes stand by Tony. Plus, we lay eyes on Black Widow for the first time; she was sent by Nick Fury to watch over Tony.
Iron Man 2 was good, but it suffered from too many villains, too many storylines. One of the main villains, Whiplash, was too cartoonish to be taken seriously. The final showdown came off as ridiculous, because not enough time was spent building up to it. The focus was split and so neither storyline received the attention it needed.
Here’s what critics had to say.
Lisa Schwarzbaum: “Downey’s head and heart are in the right place, but the movie is more in pieces than whole, and more about iron than about men.”
Roger Ebert: “Iron Man 2 is a polished, high-ozone sequel, not as good as the original but building once again on a quirky performance by Robert Downey Jr.”
A.O. Scott: “You’re left wanting more, but not quite the “more” Iron Man 2 works so hard to supply.”
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