Saying it is more of the same could be perceived as a negative, but with the original one being one of the most entertaining comic book adaptations, at least until KICK ASS came along, that is far from being derisive.
The there's the rest of the cast. For a popcorn comic book adaptation it has fantastic indie credentials that you don't usually see in a Marvel movie, and I'm talking about some of the finest contemporary actors. In the first movie there was the now Oscar-winning Jeff Bridges (Flynn Lives).
In this new chapter there is Sam Rockwell, whose bravura performance in MOON made it the success it was, playing Justin Hammer, head of a rival weapons manufacturer. He gives the character just the right amount eccentricity and megalomania, along with some of the dance moves from CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND.
Don Cheadle takes over from Terrence Howard as Rhodey, and thankfully doesn't have to do a mockney accent. He also gets to put on the suit and joins Iron Man as War Machine for the climactic battle, which is far better than the one at the end of the first movie. Also in the cast is Scarlett Johansson who not only flaunts her ass but gets to kick some as well.
It's as good as the first one, different, but equally as good, and with the bar set so high I'm not complaining. It's got the humour of the first one, a stack of spectacular action and playboy lifestyle fantasy, and lots of geeky references for the fan boys to spot, including a fantastic one with Captain America's shield.
If I have one complaint, I sat through all the credits for the cut scene at the end and it wasn't on the print they showed to the press, but I have been assured that there is one involving the Mexican desert.
IRON MAN 2 is out everywhere now in glorious 2D.