Posted by: Michelle Knoll | May 12, 2010

Iron Man 2 — A Movie Review

I went to see “Iron Man 2” on opening night. It was an incredible movie.

The action was top-notch; the intro quickly drew me in, and I was fully engaged until the very end.  As far as I’m concerned, there wasn’t a slow moment in the entire movie.

Once again, there was a theme that I didn’t see coming, that hit me right between the eyes.

Can you trust those you love, to love you, even during the hard times?

Tony Stark has a tendency to go it alone, to be self-sufficient, even with the help of lovely Pepper Potts.  He smirks and makes remarks that give the appearance of never taking things seriously. 

But deep down inside… what’s really going on?  A deeper glimpse is given into the torment of Tony’s soul.  Throughout the entire movie, the struggle is there: does he believe that his friends will stick by him, even through the hard times?  Or should he leave the walls up, not letting them know what is really going on?  After all, he was hurt once before… by someone he trusted… and also betrayed once before… by someone he thought he really knew…

However, in this world no man is an island.  No one can “go it alone” and never need help.

Not even Iron Man.

Deciding not to confide in his friends almost cost him those friendships.  True, there are some things no one can do for you.  But just because something is your own personal battle, doesn’t mean you can’t let people in on it.  Besides, they just might have some wisdom you need.

Moses had to learn the same lesson, you know.  He was getting weary trying to lead the children of Israel to the Promised Land on his own.  He wanted to handle everything by himself because, after all, God had called him to lead, right?  But he was getting frustrated.  So his father-in-law came to him and basically said, “let people help you.”

Another thing that crept into the movie that I thought was a nice touch:  Tony Stark gets to know a little bit more about his past, in a good way.

Am I going to tell you what he discovered?  And spoil the movie?  No way!  *grins*

Just remember: putting on the suit didn’t make Tony Stark any stronger against his real enemy — the fear of being rejected or betrayed or… left… to fend for himself.  Putting up facades or walls or a “happy face” doesn’t make you any stronger against fear of any sort, whether it be fear of the unknown or fear of a known enemy.  It might make you look like you’re okay, for a little while, but that’s about all.

You still need your friends.

So grab your family, your spouse, your… friends… and go see a great movie, “Iron Man 2.”  It’s worth the ticket price.

Even the donut scene is worth the ticket price! (and I’m not going to tell you what that’s about either!)



  1. Michelle, I never saw the movie, but remember the comic books growing up, so this was an engaging piece to read.

    • Thanks, Cathy! If you get to see the two movies, I would encourage you to do so. I love movies that involve technology, especially when the technology appears to be realistic or feasible. I also really love movies that touch the heart. So I can’t wait to see what happens in the third Iron Man movie! He’s got the suit, he’s got the girl, what else could he want, right? Well, obviously something! And I can’t wait to see what the “something” is! 🙂

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