The first film had bite, good character, a nice pace and perfect characterization. The second film seems to have abandoned all that for 1 dimensional characters and a story that simply gets in the way of everything. Yes its nice Marvel think they can introduce the same cross system from the comics into there film productions, but it doesn't work in film. In fact all the SHIELD sections do is interupt pace and clog up the film. Robert (through no fault of his own) seems to have lost his touch because the scripting and writers seems to have lost track of what it was that worked in the first film. Instead we have a behemoth of dullsville and a character played by Sam Rockwell who is as nothing more than annoying and likely to induce sleep. Avoid.
While I certainly liked the frist movie, I felt it was a bit lacking in some areas - especially towards the end - the end fight was a bit too cartoony. The sequel however makes up for this in almost everyway. Firstly you have Mickey Rourke as the main villain = win, then you actually have another person challenging Starke's empire with his own = win, thirdly you get to see warmachine in action = win and fourthly seeing more of Samuel L Jackson and the new Black Widow = win. Plus the effects are much better.
Picture and sound on this blu-ray is one of the best I've seen too.
I now love the Iron Man franchise. Robert Downey has given iron man the cool reboot it needed. Opposite other favourites such as Superman, Spiderman and Batman movies his popularity in the cartoon series wasnt huge. I personally beleive that Robert Downey brings what Christopher Reeves bought to Superman. He has his own stamp on it, hes made the characther his own. It has great special affects, amazing action scenes and continues the humour of the first one. Also nice little surprises and hints about future superheroes flcks to come. Definately one for the blu-ray though. Why i have i given it four stars and not five? Well nothing is ever as good as the first when it comes to sequels. However they are still enjoyable.