If Iron Man 2 is preferred over the first movie, it’s because it’s soapier. But, as Critic After Dark Noel Vera says, when it comes to comic-book action movies, it is Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass that has the two Iron Man movies totally beat.
Prefer this sequel over the original and here’s why: it’s soapier. All that nonsense about Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) self-destructing, and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) worrying like a mother hen over him, and James Rhodes (Don Cheadle, taking over from Terence Howard) glowering from the sidelines like some forgotten authority figure – all that lingers in the head much longer than the mecha figurines flying around and shooting up the landscape.
Metal junk bashing each other? That’s so Mazinger Z. That’s old, man, and the last time I enjoyed it was when Neon Genesis Evangelion was replaying on Cartoon Network. Evangelion- now there’s an interesting mecha storyline for you. Not just mere soap, or who gets which girl or how the country (or world) will be saved, but serious psychodrama, with Freudian images and the Kabbalah thrown in for good measure.
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