Iron Man 2.
BAD?!Roberty Downey Jr.'s next job interview.
I know I know, who da thunk it? A sequel that isn't as good as the original. I mean ALL sequels suck, right? There was Dark Knight
and Empire Strikes Back
and Back to the Future II
and Terminator 2
and Dawn of the Dead
and Star Trek II
and Before Sunset
and ... well, alright, to be fare we also have The Matrix
sequels and Hellboy II
and Transformers: Revenge of the Box Office
But surely not Iron Man 2
According to early review, yes:
"Well, that didn't take long. Everything fun and terrific about 'Iron Man,' a mere two years ago, has vanished with its sequel." - The Hollywood Reporter
"Iron Man 2 suffers the same fate as many a sequel. Where the first film felt buoyant and occasionally inspired [EDIT] the new pic feels more duty-bound and industrial." - VarietyDon't jump, you've still got Sherlock Holmes!
Even the more positive reviews have negative amendments or make huge excuses for it:
"Rourke and Rockwell make satisfying, complementary villains, while Downey Jr. delivers again. Shame this sequel feels inessential." - Empire Magazine
"Iron Man 2 isn't as much fun as its predecessor, but by the time the smoke clears, it'll do. - Variety (again)Watching the dailies.
While the score on Rotten Tomatoes is still high (82% at the time I write this), most of the reviews seem to praise the movie for not being worse, a sad endorsement for a film whose first chapter reinvigorated the Comic Book movie market and paved the way for The Incredible Hulk
(a great and very underrated movie) and the upcoming slate of Marvel hero cinema romps.
Of course, when we all saw Samuel L. Jackson's post-credits cameo, we all knew it was coming, didn't we?
Source: The LA Times