Iron Man 2 is not exactly a worthy followup to the original. My problems with the film:
The fight between Rhodey and Tony in his mansion with DJ AM in the
background was really dumb. These two guys are supposed to be best
friends? Yeah Tony was being a douche,
but that doesn't mean you steal one of his suits and proceed to try to
beat his ass and tear up his whole damn mansion in the process. It just felt like they needed an action beat, like they said "Oh hey,
it's been x amount of pages since we've had some action to entertain the
audience, we need to stick a fight scene in here according to this
scriptwriting 101 guide." It seemed very forced and unnecessary to me.
Justin Hammer was cheesing up the joint and just acting way too goofy.
Tony and Pepper's playful banter had turned into a lot of bickering that wasn't that fun to watch.
Tony's father had hidden away his secret formula for an amazing new
element as... the overhead blueprint for his fucking Stark Expo? What
the hell, why would anybody... what? That doesn't even make any sense.
How would he know that Tony would possess a nifty holographic projector
that could strip away the details and reveal this magical wonder
element? Why not just write down the formula on a piece of paper, why
hide it as the layout for a stupid ass expo? This... this shit stinks.
How is Tony's new power source poisoning his blood? The palladium core
goes right into his arc reactor, why would this end up in his
bloodstream? His bloodstream seems completely segregated from the
reactor. Couldn't he just invent some filter between the reactor and his
body? He seems good at inventing stuff.
At the race track, when Vanko attacks... why don't the security guards
just shoot Vanko in the chest with their guns? His exoskeleton doesn't
seem to cover his chest, they could shoot him to death.
Rourke's Vanko spends most of the second half of the movie in a factory
building robots. That's kinda boring, you shouldn't have your main
villain squirrelled away that much.
The final battle with Vanko was way too short and just involved IM and
WM doing some stupid high-five with their repulsors. Vanko also opens
his helmet for no reason, making his head incredibly vulnerable.
But other then that, I thought it was an enjoyable experience.