At its heart is the story of a guy trying to get his best friend back, it just happens to precipitate an almighty Avengers smack down.
Directed by the same duo who brought us Winter Soldier, the action is all pretty intense, well choreographed and focused.
Cast are all great, and by now all belong in their roles. Additionally there are also a couple of surprises which deliver most of the lols.
I’d have to see it again to deliver a more in depth critique, but my first impression is one of, well, being impressed; and of enjoyment.
I’ve not been aware of anything else that the Russo brothers have done, and, apart from the sequence on the ship at the start of the film which gave me a headache because the camera was all over the place, the direction was fine. Nothing particularly fancy or inventive, but not ham fisted either. Just fine. However, the direction was probably helped by a great story.
These were my thoughts when I first saw Iron Man 2:
While watching the beginning of the second film, actually I might say up to about 45 min or something, I thought it was a bit flat. I thought that this could be because for a lot of these hero-style films, the first film is usually more interesting as the main character discovers their super-powers. Mmmm. I was about to back up that statement with examples, but could only come up with Spider-man really. X-2 better than X-men, Superman 2, Hellboy II!
Anyway, I thought the first 45 min were a bit aimless, until Sam L Jackson showed up and told Tony to stop arse-ing about. At that point the film developed some plot and became a whole lot more enjoyable, though I was confused with why they replaced Terrence Howard with Don Cheadle as Rhodey. Jon Favreau has done a great job with these two films, including a massive cameo for himself (actually I think it goes beyond a cameo).
Though it is undoubtedly the weakest Iron Man film, seeing it again over four years later with far more MCU movie experience under my utility belt, I found more to interest me. Perhaps, initially I had been a little bit dismissive of it.