You have no idea how much I was looking forward to seeing “Iron Man 2” after loving the first “Iron Man” far too much for a woman of my age when it came out almost exactly two years ago. I fell truly madly deeply in love Robert Downey Jr and found his whole approach to a damaged Superhero incredibly refreshing.
This time though I have to say I was disappointed. It simply pales compared to the first one. The jokes are not as good and it all felt a little hollow, which was a shame because there are a lot of excellent performances. The raw sexual tension between him and Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts) was electrifying in the first film, insipid in this one (and I really think Gwyneth needs a little more practice in walking in high heels before the next one in 2012). The troubled, sexy soul of the millionaire physicist that needed saving in the first film did it for me the first time round, but now he has turned into arrogant arse, even by the end of the film I didn’t feel quite the same way.
Still. It’s not about me obviously. It’s a bloody 12A kids film. What am I thinking? Mickey Rourke was fantastic. He played a brilliant role as Russian “villain” and Scarlett Johansson was given a very Cat woman Bond-esque role which should please the boys, but did nothing for me.
The three boys I went with all loved it obviously. It was like watching power rangers fighting in the sky for two hours.
Btw. If you see it, you have to stay right, right, right till the end. After the longest set of credits that I’ve ever seen. Then, once you’ve watched the last 30 seconds, please get in touch and explain to me what’s going on.