Iron Man 2
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Robert Downey Jr. returns as billionaire Tony Stark in this thrilling sequel to the worldwide blockbuster. Now that his Super Hero secret has been revealed, Tony's life is more intense than ever. Everyone wants in on the Iron Man technology, whether for power or profit... but for Ivan Vanko ("Whiplash"), it's revenge! tony must once again suit up and face his most dangerous enemy yet, but not without a few new allies of his own. Co-starring Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Scarlett Johansson, IRON MAN 2 is "Spectacular!" (Lee Thomas, Fox 2 Detroit)
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IRON MAN 2 was as good as it gets for superhero movies. It is a well-built story using characters and situations dating back to the 1960's. (Hence the nice addition of Tony Stark's dad in filmstrip sequences). The rivalry between him and a cold war Russian inventor plays out a generation later between Tony and the inventor's son, a character known as Whiplash (but never actually called that in the movie). I have to say the writing was top-notch and the characters excellently portrayed. For any armchair psychologists out there, the child-rearing theory of nature vs. nurture surfaces in Whiplash' origin. The young boy grew up in a climate of hate, and well, this is what happens. OK, getting too deep, more on the fun stuff...
Paltrow as Virginia "Pepper" Potts, the director as "Happy" Hogan, and Rockwell as Justin Hammer all did a great job. Mickey Rourke dialed it down a notch and was superb. You will get some laughs from Favreau, functioning mostly as a chauffeur. Adding in the Black Widow (Scarlett Johanson) was a stroke of genius. Her fight sequence deserved applause! A nice touch: her decorative belt rings (first seen in Spiderman issue #86, 1970) became her weapons. Very cool!
This film is great fun, balancing character development, science (best invention - Hammer's "Ex-wife" missile), thrills, politics and laughs. Highly recommended.
I don't watch movies like this expecting an award-winning performance or story. I don't expect it, and am not let down. What I am let down by is the one-dimensional villain (Ivan) who barely talks or even twitches a facial muscle the entire movie. The other bad guy, Hammer, is just plain old annoying. There are too many forced subplots as well such as the SHIELD guys showing up, the "new element" part, etc. I understand they need to tie the Avengers together, but for how much the writers get paid, they could have come up with an idea that both integrates better with the rest of the movie while being more entertaining.
Also, LtCol Rhodes is a different actor. He tries hard but doesn't have the demeanor of the first actor. Oh well, doesn't make a big difference but it is noticeable.
I have watched this twice now. The first time I hated it, then my children wanted to see it so I watched it again. The second time it grew on me a little and I don't hate it anymore, but it's still not as good as the first one.
Downey is actually better than ever in this sequel. Iron Man 2 knows how to jump the hurdles and have you wanting more. Mickey Rourke is outrageous as a russian killing machine. Iron Man 2 isn't content with one bad guy, there's lots more. Iron Man 2 is very entertaining, But it's the talented Downey who makes Iron Man 2 something to remember.
It has a decent plot and continuation of the series, and serves the purpose of providing more information about Howard Stark (for the rest of the Marvel movies) and paving the way for The Avengers.
It's worth watching.
Admit it, when you watched the first movie and he said those words, you got chills. It was awesome. Marvel is doing some amazing movies. Some people say this one is not that great, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it...
..and I am Iron Man.