Iron Man 2 ★★★

Of course this isn't as good as the first but it's not without an abundance of redeemable qualities. The performances are solid with Rourke and Rockwell both really underrated members of the MCU. Libatique's cinematography is also much better than some of the later stuff, it feels both polished and gritty.

Overall I think the filmmaking on display is very impressive and the suits look a lot more real than the recent Russo iterations, there's a lot to like here, if only the story and especially structure could have been improved.