"I'm going to have to ask you to exit the donut."
"I'm not joining your superhero boy band."
"You look like two seals fighting over a grape."
What's a Robert Downey Jr. action/adventure without some one-liners--even if (in this case) they don't all come from him? Now, while I did see--and enjoy--the first Iron Man, I was not a big follower of the comic book. That being said, I did follow the various stories during the development of IM2, and the various debates about where to take the story. And, while they didn't strictly follow the path of Tony Stark's descent into alcoholism, I thought they did a good job of painting a portrait of a tortured, dysfunctional hero (not unlike Downey's Sherlock Holmes, ironically enough).
Gwyneth Paltrow was back as Pepper Potts, and I have to credit the writers with developing an almost Nick-and-Nora-esque banter between the two; Jon Favreau (Happy, the bodyguard) and new-to-the-franchise Don Cheadle (Rhodey) did nicely as well. Samuel L. Jackson's expanded role as Nick Fury laid a bit of additional groundwork for the upcoming Avengers movie, and Scarlett Johansson's briefly appearing Black Widow brought a rather unique, almost comic-book-like visual style to the fight scenes.
Yes, it was loud--lots of screams, lots of broken glass, and lots of fast-moving robots. But I confess the negative reviews I've seen seem to have been written by people with short attention spans, unable to follow an admittedly twisty but not overly confusing plot. So I'm looking forward to either Iron Man 3 or The Avengers--whichever comes first...