Same old Same old Sequel Syndrome- more money, more explosions, more over the top action more of everything but the the charm and heart of the first. Yes watch it, there's no harm in it. Downey still holds the movie, Paltrow and Cheadle ghost through their parts, Johansson shows off her mighty fine booty and Mickey Rourke looks like he's having fun. Shaft just seems to turn up to read his lines. Director Favreu writes in a fight scene for himself (-_-).
It also seems to be a blatant attempt to sell more action figures - I count at least 2 new iron man armour, War Machine, the pimped out Whiplash and the drones - Navy, Air Force, Marines, Salvation Army, Postal Services and Pakatan Rakyat enforcer.
There's just too much of everything. There are more Avengers references (although I still have no idea how Cap's shield ended up in Stark's workshop).
Sometimes its' like the movie for grown men to share some secret joke - most women would not recognize Captain America's shield and were looking around why their boy friends and husbands were chortling when Stark uses it to prop up some machinery in his workshop.
OH and REALLY don't waste your time waiting for the scene after the credits role. Its nothing more than to show a close up of Thor's hammer which should lead up to the next Avenger to hit the big screen next year.
Good to see that it's looking like the Avengers will be based on the Ultimate Avengers characters - more flawed and realistic super heroes. This is going by the hint that Thor is sitting in some crater surrounded by caravans - reminiscent about the scene in the comics where Thor is some Greenpeace, tree hugging hippie instead of a pompous Norse God.
Still entertaining enough for an evening out with the missus.