What was wrong with the movie was that the pièce de résistance was introduced too early –the main gadget, the electrical whips that Tony Stark had to battle against made its appearance in the second scene. The movie could have started with minor inventions that fail, and then
bring this up after a lot of tinkering MacGyver style. But no, we saw them on the Monaco race track and then it was ho-hum when they were brought back at the end of the movie.
The Iron Man 2’s take off (for flight) was a curious exercise. He would keep his arms straight and stiff by the side with the palms horizontal and do an utterly fairy dance before the boosters whatever launched him into space. What was that about? And Natasha (Scarlett Johansson), can the name be more spy-like, is quite comical with her choreographed fight scenes. After punching out each guy she would pause to give a Charlie’s Angels kind of pose.
This movie is a lesson in you cannot have too much of a good thing. Hundreds and thousands of these Iron Men invade the screen towards the end only to die in the Unisphere Globe in Flushing, Queens NY. Built for a World Fair, the globe remains a symbol of creativity.
Why are superheroes such lonely, misunderstood people? Tony Stark was no exception. He felt his dad denied him his love and thank goodness Stark Sr. always had his video camera focused on him–we could prove junior wrong right away and in this movie without having to drag on this theme to the sequel. Anyway, at least this movie had its brilliant flashes of humor which is why I gave it 3 out of 5.
Who the heck was this Nick (Samuel Jackson) guy? Turns out, there was a scene at the end of the credits of the first movie where they introduced him? I wish someone had told me that. I was smarter this time. I sat till the end of the movie and sure enough there was this little extra scene which was clear as mud. But that is for Iron Man 3.