Movie Review: Iron Man 1 & 2
May 31, 2010

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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