Movie Review: Iron Man 1 & 2

Warning: Spoilers ahead:

This past Friday, I went to the local California Theatre to see “Iron Man 2”. Unfortunately, I had yet to see the first movie, but I had been given a brief synopsis (without spoilers) from a friend and decided ‘hey, what the hell’. Guess what? I really liked the movie. I thought Tony Stark had a very original type of character; humorous, full of himself, and definitely not the stereotypical ‘superhero type’. The creation of the villain Whiplash was a bit cliche, but “Iron Man” is, afterall, a superhero movie. There had to be something relatively unoriginal in all of that. Having not seen the first film, there were, of course, a lot of things that were brand new. I had no idea who the S.H.I.E.L.D. people were, or why Stark had the arc reactor in his chest, or why he was suddenly dying from Palladium poisoning (I assumed that he had the arc reactor in his chest most of the first movie as well). Many of these things, I assumed, would be filled in when I saw the first “Iron Man” film.

Boy, was I wrong.

I saw the first movie last night. Firstly, I was rather disappointed. While “Iron Man 2” was thoroughly kick ass and made me understand a bit why men love fast cars and sports games, the first one made me cringe. The torture scenes, Stark taking the giant medical tubing out of his nose, and terrorist activity almost made me want to stop the movie. Then there was the matter of the circumstances under which he built the original Iron Man suit, which were quite ridiculous to say the least. Also, why did the bad guy (Obadiah) have to be bald with a beard? Really, can we mix it up a bit with the villain look?

A lot of the questions I wanted filled in by the original were left unanswered. When did Stark change his arc reactor from a palladium ring to the little battery slivers? How did Pepper go from being a bit of a useless, scared-out-of-her-wits secretary in 1 to strong-willed CEO in 2? How did Stark know the black guy in S.H.I.E.L.D. and seem to have a rapport with him in 2, when we never even met the guy in the first one? After finishing “Iron Man”, I felt like I had somehow missed an entire movie between that and the second one. Another movie where Stark somehow develops world peace, builds another suit (notice there were three in the case, we only saw 2 built in the original), works more with S.H.I.E.L.D., and Pepper has some life-changing experience that makes her a rather admirable woman.

Interested in what others have to say? I rather liked this article on “Asylum”.

The 12 Biggest Plot Holes in ‘Iron Man 2’.

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3 Responses

  1. Okay, so I’mma attempt to fill in the plot holes.

    The change in the Palladium’s form came when he upgraded the ARC Reactor in the first movie. The Mark I reactor was only designed to power his first suit for about 15 mins, where as he designed the second version of the reactor to be able to power a much more advanced tech that he was planning to build. (The Mark II/III suits). Ergo, The Mark I only needed that small amount of Palladium, and it could be used in the ring form. The Mark II reactor needed more Palladium to power it, so he changed it to be powered by the slivers.

    There’s a six month gap between IM1 and IM2. In that time frame, Pepper had the chance to essentially become more aware and more accepting of everything that was going on. What with Tony being gone all the time and constantly putting himself in danger. Not to mention that Pepper is Tony’s closest companion and essentially runs his life, so she already has a firm grasp on how the company works.

    The black guy is Agent Nick Fury, the director of S.H.E.I.L.D. (Played by Samuel L. muthafuckin Jackson). He wasn’t in the main part of the first film, but he did make a small cameo in a post credits scene. He appeared in Tony’s mansion after Tony had revealed himself to the world as Iron Man. After chastising him essentially, he told tony who he was and told him that he would like to talk to him about the “Avenger Initiative”. (Wiki this one if you want to learn more.)

    Hope I could help answer some of the questions you may have been left with. 🙂

    • Ah, thanks. I definitely missed the post-credits scene in the first film, and the 6 month gap between movies really threw a lot of things off. I guess it means the producers didn’t have to worry too much about character development?

      • Nope, not at all. XD

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