Iron Man 2

Published December 24, 2011

Iron Man 2

Film info

  • Title Iron Man 2
  • Director Jon Favreau
  • Year 2010
  • Run time 2hrs 4m
  • Genres Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
  • Tagline It's not the armour that makes the hero, but the man inside

In IRON MAN 2, the world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark is the armored Super Hero Iron Man. Under pressure from the g overnment, the press and the public to share his technology with the military, Tony is unwilling to divulge the secrets behind the Iron Man armor because he fears the information will slip into the wrong hands. With Pepper Potts and James 'Rhodey' Rhodes at his side, Tony forges new alliances and confronts powerful new forces.

Live Blog

Time Comment
1:07 Hey, we saw that bit at the end of the last film. I do like some continuity.
6:06 I’d love to have an Expo all about me, but I wouldn’t know what it would be about.
7:45 It’s amazing how such an arrogant and quite hideous character can be such a good hero and quite captivating.
9:46 Olivia Munn! That’s two movies we’ve seen her in now.
13:33 He’s a weapons expert and his name is Hammer!
16:49 “I have successfully privatised world peace.”
19:24 That’s like Siri on steroids.
22:12 “Don’t think, drink.” If ever there was a motto for life.
26:02 Monaco! They sure do know how to tailor a film to me.
30:39 Are these actual cars or have they made up a racing series?
33:10 The fireball is all a bit Hollywood. Also, why is no one waving a red flag?
35:38 Woooooow, it’s like Transformers but a human.
45:12 If I let Mr C have his way, he’d always have his dessert first.
50:54 If he’s hoping to employ the bad guy, he doesn’t have very much control over him.
53:04 Ugh, I dislike the Natalie character.
54:02 Drunk Iron Man!
59:57 He’s just stolen one of his suits.
1:09:11 What is this Shield about?
1:10:52 The weapons expert sucks a lollipop? Rrrubbish.
1:15:43 “I’m limited by the technology of my time.”
1:25:51 Has he made his own personal hadron collider? Amazingness.
1:32:45 Now Hammer has an Expo. Surely I can have one?
1:34:39 Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines? What’s a Marine? We don’t have them.
1:42:16 She has good fighting moves but I still don’t like her and we still don’t know who they really are.
1:46:11 “It’s your fault, I just wanted to say I’m sorry.”
1:48:28 Excellent fight sequence.
1:53:56 Get a roof is genius.
1:56:34 Hehehehe!


Love the first one, of course, and always wary about a sequel - especially one that seems to shoehorn in Scarlett Johansson for no apparent reason. We’ve had this one on our to-watch list for a while, but as it clocks in at just over two hours, we’ve had to wait for the opportune moment, finding some free time.

A great sequel, I reckon. Almost instantly we were reminded of how fabulous the Tony Stark character is and I remembered how much I wanted to just watch a film of him going about his day to day business. Having said that, I did think that there was more time to revel in the character in the first movie, whereas this second one had more of a story - or more characters, at least - to pack in.

I thought the plot for this was really well done. Many sequels will just be a different bad guy, or more of the same in different situations, but this had two whole sub-plots. The first was how the world reacts to someone owning up to being a super-hero, which doesn’t happen very often. How does that affect the real life human underneath? The second was the whole Avengers thing.

I don’t know an enormous amount about comics and when I read about it afterwards and found that these films were actually created to introduce the characters so that an Avengers film could be made, I felt a bit cheated. Then I felt excited and instantly downloaded Thor and Captain America. If we’re going to do it, we’re going to do it properly!

Revisited Feb 21

It’s so painfully obvious how little I knew about what was coming up here. This is the first time we realised that Marvel had a big over-arching plot, and that we’d missed out on a couple of the early installments. There’s no way I could have predicted what it was all leading towards, but I was so judgemental about Scarlett just popping up for no apparent reason, when clearly she’s a super important cog in the whole Avengers machine.

I feel like you can tell there’s suddenly a lot more investment in this movie, more locations, and lots of threads of future things being planted, including War Machine and more. Entertaining within itself but also paving the way for more.

Also, I do still want a MrsChristine Expo. Let’s get on that.

Rating: 4 / 5

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