You know, it seems it was unhip to say you liked Gwyneth Paltrow, and I found her marrying anyone in Coldplay annoying, but I like her a lot in both Iron Man movies. The 00's will be remembered as the era in which Marvel made superhero movies legitimate, something even the success of Tim Burton's Batman film couldn't do (see: the sequels).
Unfortunately, despite a huge budget, some great set pieces, a decent set-up and good ideas... Iron Man 2 is just a mess. It feels like 3 movies' worth of stuff piled in, and only some of it jives. Only not really, because the basics of the plot all DO tie together, they just feel slapped together, and it feels a bit like RDjr needed to, and I hate to say it, tone it down a little bit. I like the Senate panel scene, too, but... its a wee bit silly and ventures into that area that makes me uncomfortable when they talk about Batman being smarter and better than everybody else. "So, you're arguing that he's just a guy, just... smarter, more athletic, deadlier, handsomer and more technically savvy... oh, and RICHER than everyone else. And this relatable how?".
I mean, I know the scene is there to show Tony spiraling but... anyway.
Its not as pristine and entertaining as the first movie, nor is the weight of Stark's legacy writ large as a challenge. That's been resolved to as astronomic degree (if its been a while - in this movie, Iron Man has ended the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on his own). And the fight between Rhody and Tony at the half-way point is sort or rubbish.
But its better than most of what we got in the 90's for superhero fare, so, whatever.
Oh, right. ScarJo. Well, she certainly adds production value. And her character is certainly lucky nobody back sup ten feet and pulls out a gun. Anyway...
On to Thor.