Iron Man 2 reviews were expected to be raves at first. But after the Iron Man 2 reviews from the world premiere came out, expectations were drastically reduced. Instead of being the next great comic book movie sequel, or one that at least matched the original, it was being compared to the likes of Spider Man 3. Although review responses weren’t terrible, they weren’t that impressed with the film either as a merely good movie isn’t what they were hoping for. The rest of the Iron Man 2 reviews follow those lines as good may not be great enough for some.
For weeks and months, the hype and promos for this sequel have been everywhere. As everyone near a TV or theater in the last month knows, Tony Stark and his alter ego have new, bigger battles ahead. They involve a vengeful Russian inventor, a few new partners, and another series of battles with other Iron Men. But in this case, bigger may not mean better.
On the surface, the Iron Man 2 reviews are respectable as they are up to 71% on Rotten Tomatoes. The consensus reads, “It isn’t quite the breath of fresh air that Iron Man was, but this sequel comes close with solid performances and an action-packed plot.” Whether hard core fans will focus on the negative or positive part of that consensus is unclear.
For those looking for the positive, Iron Man 2 reviews suggest there’s still a lot of fun to be had. Despite the recent string of dark, morally troubling comic book movies, some still just want to be entertained by super heroes. Iron Man seems to fit that bill best at the moment, especially with Robert Downey Jr at the helm.
For those looking for the negative, Iron Man 2 reviews suggest that the fun is just too much. With the plot so much more overstuffed than the original, it may suffer in the same way that Spider Man 3 did. In addition, some critics regard it to be as smug and self-satisfied as Tony Stark himself while complaining that it plays more like a trailer for the upcoming Avengers film.
No matter which side Iron Man 2 reviews come down on, it won’t stop the film’s box office superpower. Conservative estimates have it doing $150 million this weekend, at the least, and the record opening weekend of The Dark Knight is in sight. However, the Dark Knight then kept going to $530 million and unanimous approval from audiences. For Iron Man 2, it may be a more uphill battle afterward.
The summer has begun in Hollywood, and may begin as big as any summer opening ever had. Yet judging by the worst Iron Man 2 review, this sequel’s legacy could be more mixed than many hoped for.
Rotten Tomatoes- “Iron Man 2”
New York Post- “Box Office: Iron Man aims to beat Dark Knight record”