Iron Man 2: A Review (Spoiler Free) and Movie Theater Experience

by on May 7, 2010

in Entertainment, movie reviews

Iron Man 2 movie review and theater experience

Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark in Iron Man 2

This Iron Man 2 movie review will be talking about my experience with the theater and seeing the movie. I will give nothing away… I hope. In a nutshell, Iron Man 2 is awesome fun and Iron Man fans will not be disappointed.

Theater Experience:

Today I hit up the Century 20 Redwood City movie complex for the 12:00 (noon) airing of Iron Man 2, in full anticipation of long lines and crowded movie-goers. We arrived 75 minutes early so if there was a big line, well, I didn’t want to be at the back of it. It turned out that we were the only 2 movie-goers there that early. At the 30 minutes to air mark, 2 more folks came in, making it 4!

At 11:40 the screen lit up and we started to get the usual presentation of cute movie tidbits and what not. Interspersed within all the movie trivia were previews. But sadly, not the previews I expected. The first preview was Sex in the City 2. Cute… and a few funny spots. We then were given more ads, but for several TV series, both existent, and upcoming. In fact the teaser for Castle with Nathan Fillion was very misleading and I had to do a good word dance to convince my buddy that the show was different than the preview! Whew!

So what did I think of the J.J. Abrams Super 8 preview that everyone is reporting will be accompanying the movie as a trailer? Couldn’t tell ya! Never saw it. Sex in the City 2 and television show ads. That was it. Thanks Century. Luv ya!

As far as audience numbers, my row in the theater was about 20% full, and the theater itself was about 30-35% full. That’s it. It’s noon on a Friday, so my guess is that the world didn’t take off from work for a few extra hours to catch the movie. When I sent out an invite to my fellow movie club members last week and no one responded with even a peep, maybe that was a subtle clue.

But don’t fret. Box Office Spy is reporting that Fandango Iron Man 2 ticket sales was outpacing the Wolverine movie by 2-1 by last Wednesday and that MovieTickets sales pace for Iron Man 2 was just over 80% of it’s ticket sales. But then again, what else is coming out against IM2? Exactly. Still, I do suspect that the movie will do well enough, regardless.

Iron Man 2 Review

The movie itself did not disappoint. It took the Iron Man franchise and continued to tell the tale of Tony Stark as the man, the company owner and the hero.

Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow in Iron Man 2

Tony Stark faces numerous obstacles in the form of… oh yea, I wasn’t going to spoil it. It was done well.

Robert Downey Jr. continued his perfect portrayal of Tony Stark as did Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts ), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan ) of their own characters. Don Cheadle was fine as Lt. Col. James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes & Scarlett Johansson pulled off Natalie Rushman/Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow quite wonderfully. She flowed with an eye capturing grace that was almost distracting… almost. As far as Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer, Hammer annoyed the living crap out of me. Hence, kudos to Rockwell, and Clark Gregg again was the ever watchful Agent Coulson. Of course, the ever witful Paul Bettany returned as the voice of Jarvis, the house & armor on board computer. Alas, Mickey Rourke was an ever stoic Ivan Vanko/ Whiplash.

IRON MAN art from Marvel

The Tony / Pepper banter was wonderful. Tony dealing with certain jeopardy, well done. The middle too slow? Not for me. Black Widow fight choreography.. eh. The funniest line in the movie, I think was Happy Hogan, when he said “I got him!” (That may be paraphrased) But when you see the moment, you’ll get it.

For those of you who have read reviews saying it was too busy or fell short in different spots or other critical observations about the movie… sure, I can see that coming from someone who either has no experience with the Iron Man franchise or doesn’t get it. If you’re a fan of ‘ol Shellhead, don’t worry. There aren’t too many bad guys, it’s not disjointed or confusing. What it does is bring you up to speed on the various plots in the movie, and does it seamlessly. In fact my movie going buddy who came with me was incredulous at the fact that anyone would have even suggested that it was too busy with too many characters tossed at our hero and his team.

When I came into this movie, I was worried that all the preview scenes and movie trailers and teaser posters that had been released gave too much away. To be honest, they don’t. Trust me! Some videos and scenes that have been released are either not in the movie, have been edited specifically for television or changed up a bit. You’ll be fine because they leave out the integral pieces that make this movie, and developing story of Tony Stark as wonderful as the first.

My Emotional Take on Iron Man 2?

Ironette dancers perform at the world wide premiere of

If you’re wondering about how some folks are saying this 2nd movie is not as good as the first, I’d like to suggest this premise on that: Iron Man brought to life a much coveted silver screen version of the Marvel franchise of Iron Man, with Tony Stark. Unlike some movie projects that bring heroes to the screen and leave you wishing for more, the first movie did not. It fulfilled this fan’s hopes and I came away very satisfied. Iron Man 2 The Movie can’t break that same emotional ice that the first movie did. But as a sequel, it carried the franchise one more set of chapters down the road.

Chapters? Yes, I said chapters. Both movies cover a lot of ground from the franchise, and did it cohesively. It’s as simple as that.

Bottom line? No fan will be disappointed. If you can separate yourself just a bit from the emotional high you experienced from seeing your favorite comic book hero come to life in the first movie, I am betting that Iron Man 2 will be almost, or just as good as the first one. Go see it and enjoy!

And that is my spoiler free movie review of Iron Man 2!


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

GK333 May 8, 2010 at 10:44 pm

52 million opening day..not too shabby at all

Bruce Simmons May 7, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Yep, and I was amazed how many people were leaving during the credits.

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