Film Analysis: Iron Man 2


This is movie #4 of my marvel marathon. Tony Stark is getting a lot of publicity after unveiling that he is iron man. Since many people know of Tony’s successes and capabilities, some of them just want to take him down and get the recognition that he is getting.

Film Analysis

Film Title
Iron Man 2
Year 2010
Jon Favreau
Genre Action/Adventure/Sci-fi
If you could work on this film (change it), what would you change and why? I would have whiplash be a bigger character and would have war machine fight a little more


1. Who is the protagonist? Iron Man
2. Who is the antagonist? Whiplash
3. What is the conflict? Everyone knows who iron man is
4. What is the theme or central, unifying concept? (summarize in one or two words) With Great power comes great responsibility
5. How is the story told (linear, non-linear, with flashbacksflash-forwards, at regular intervals) Linear
6. What “happens” in the plot (Brief description)? Everyone knows who iron man is and some people who don’t like him will then go after him
7. How does the film influence particular reactions on the part of viewers (sound, editing,
characterization, camera movement, etc.)? Why does the film encourage such
Tony Stark gets caught up in his own world of being iron man and a lot of people could connect with his procrastination
8. Is the setting realistic or stylized? What atmosphere does the setting suggest? Do particular objects or settings serve symbolic functions? Realistic, I think everything in this movie could happen but is more unlikely than the first iron man
9. How are the characters costumed and made-up? What does their clothing or makeup reveal about their social standing, ethnicity, nationality, gender, or age? How do costume and makeup convey character? suits=business, uniform=military, iron man suit=tony or rose, whips=whiplash
10. How does the lighting design shape our perception of character, space, or mood? a bunch of natural lighting because most shots are outside
11. How do camera angles and camera movements shape our view of characters or spaces? What do you see cinematically? There was more cowboy shots than expected because there was a lot of dialogue
12. What is the music’s purpose in the film? How does it direct our attention within the image? How does it shape our interpretation of the image? What stands out about the music? Still rock music that fits in to tonys personality and helps us connect with the character
13. How might industrial, social, and economic factors have influenced the film? Describe how this film influences or connects to a culture? Some scenes are in russia and shows some of the difficulties of living there
14. Give an example of what a film critic had to say about this film. Use credible sources and cite sources.Example: “The Shawshank Redemption Movie Review (1994) | Roger Ebert.” All Content. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 June 2015. “It’s difficult to say whether the main problem with Iron Man 2 is that it suffers from too much plot or too little”-James Berardinelli |reelviews may 5th, 2010
15. Select one scene no longer than 5 minutes that represents well the whole film and shows relevant cinematic elements. Write a one-sentence description of the scene and record the time of the scene.Example: from 1:05:00 to 1:10:00.

Explain why you chose this scene.


Tony is becoming reckless with his suits and is using it as a toy

16. In the selected scenewrite a sentence for each of the elements below to justify why this scene best represents the film:
a. Screenwriting: The dialogue shows how rose and pepper care for tony’s reputation and try to save it
b. Sound Design: Great blasting sounds from the suits
c. Camera Movements/Angles: Closer angles because its indoors
d. Light Setup: darker lighting for the party
e. Soundtrack/Score: Music is playing when starks ego is at his max until the fight
18. What’s the socio-cultural context of this film? Wars in the middle east are still going on during this film

This worksheet was developed with ideas from many IB Film teachers, thus should remain in the Creative Commons

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