Srsly. It was the bomb.
It took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out what you'd written. ;-)
So when are we going to get an over-opinionated and ridiculous review of this movie from a certain fedora-wearing-windbag that we all know and love?
I'll suggest it to him. He really enjoyed it. So I'm not sure he'll have much to say.
Couldn't agree more!! I got to go to a midnight showing (at the biggest screen west of the Mississippi, haha!) and the entire audience was enjoying the film the entire time. A very worthy sequel.
Also, Tony Stark in the Senate hearing: HOT.
Just sayin'. :D
It's really hard to be fresh and exciting twice in a row. I think they may have come close to pulling it off, though.
I liked this one even better than the first.
I didn't think it was quite as good as the first. That might be because of inflated expectations and the fact that the first vastly exceeded my modest expectations for it.
Expectations make a huge difference. I didn't have any for either film. I enjoyed the first one, but the second one was more particularly about things I like.
Please, elucidate. :) What are those sorts of things? (I can make some guesses--Tony's personality change vis a vis the fairer gender, for example)
1) My absolutely favorite scene -- I could watch it over and over -- was Tony in front of the Senate making his "I just privatized World Peace speach. I loved that.
2) I am a sucker for the "I'm dying but I haven't told you, so you don't know why I'm acting this way" plot line.
3) I really liked the thing with his father.
4) Less fighting more banter. (I love banter.)
5) The fact that he figured out he loved Pepper.
6) Nick Fury!!!
7) I particularly liked the Liberal Agenda line.'
8) I actually rather liked Ivan Vanko...he was evil, but I had a kind of affection for him. I sympatized with his goals even if I didn't want him to succeed. I didn't much care for the villain last time.
9) I could have done without Hammer. He was a jerk.
I think Hammer was a wannabe weenie that really only was dangerous when he teamed up with Vanko. He talked tough but really didn't have what it took.
After all...consider "The Ex-wife" versus what Vanko was able to do with Hammer's resources.
I loved the Ex-wife plot line. When Rhodes pulled it out, I thought...they can't use that now. They haven't shown how impressive it is yet. If it fails that kind of ruins the whole point.
The outcome that it was a dud was perfect!
I was so amazed by the first that it was probably never going to be possible to top it in my mind. I was blown away by the first because it took a character I cared NOTHING about in comics and made him extremely interesting. That said, I really liked this one.
I do agree with your assessment of the first one. I just felt this particular story line had a wonderful mix of elements that appealed to me personally.
Ping-Ping, on the other hand, was lost because the banter was too quick for her too follow. She also doesn't know who Thor is. ;-)
Thoroughly enjoyed it. The development of the characters (Oh, we'll see Hammer again, of course - and Rhodes!), they way they'd worked in various armor changes that only long-time Iron Man fans would get, to say nothing of the action - I had a lot of fun. I especially liked the nod part-way through to another upcoming Avenger, and the post-credits teaser... :)
The trailers were a pleasant surprise, though. Super 8 (JJ Abrams and Spielberg monster movie?) might be neat, and Inception (DiCaprio as an industril spy/thief in a setting where dream 'invasion' is possible; very Matrix/Dark City) is very intriguing.
We're quite looking forward to a lot of the movies coming up.
#1 without question is The Last Airbender...which looks like it might be that amazing phenomena, a movie actually true to the source material.
But Robinhood, Prince of Persia, The A-Team, Karate Kid, and Spy Next Door all look promising, too. (My daughter loves Chung Long (Jackie Chan), so she's really looking forward to those last two.)