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Iron Man 2

  • May 2, 2011
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The first Iron Man is and will always be the better film, but Iron Man 2 is still a superbly entertaining, albeit somewhat uneven film tailor-made for the summer audience. It features strong action scenes, decent storytelling and naturally, a powerhouse performance from Robert Downey Jr. Again, I was never really interested in Iron Man until word of the Avengers movie (which is elaborated on in this movie) and now I definitely recognize them as two of the greatest superhero movies of all time. I'll also be excited to see Iron Man 3 come 2013 as well.

Seeing as Tony Stark never bothered with the whole secret identity thing, he now finds himself under fire by the US goverment, who want his technology for the military, on which he militantly refuses. His friend Rhodey (now played by Don Cheadle) runs away with one of his suits and takes it to the military to arm it with weapons. It also turns out that the generator that is keeping Tony alive is also killing him, and he needs to find a new substance to replace it. His rival, Justin Hammer is wanting to create suits to rival and destroy Iron Man, and he enlists the help of a mysterious new foe named Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) to do so. Tony is also preparing in case of his death by appointing Pepper Potts as the new CEO of Stark Industries and slipping out of the public eye and out of his duties as Iron Man.

Amongst all of those new plot threads, there's also some stuff about SHIELD, a top secret government agency (which anyone familiar with the marvel universe knows is involved with The Avengers) and about Tony's new assistant being the infamous Black Widow. However, all the SHIELD stuff is kind of abrupt and I hope it'll be better explained in the Avengers movie. There are definitely more plot threads in this one, and it sometimes makes the movie a bit hard to follow, but not Pirates of the Caribbean sequel hard to follow, so one needn't worry. There's also a very awkward romance between Tony and Pepper, but that's saved by the screen presence of Robert Downey Jr. However, those were the only major problems I had in the movie story-wise, so lets move on.

The film does feature some decent performances, even though Jeff Bridges was a much better villain in the first movie, but of course, nothing can even compare to the performance of Robert Downey Jr. He was definitely a perfect casting choice and judging by what I've seen, if Russell Brand hadn't been cast as Arthur, then Downey would have been a perfect choice as well. Anyway, his performance is still the best. The film's supporting performances are very strong as well, even though this film had a definitely weaker villain and that was one of the bad things about the movie. Gwyneth Paltrow was pretty good and Don Cheadle was also okay, although Terrence Howard was better in the first film. Mickey Rourke just looked like a bastardized Russian Pepe le Pew. All in all, decent performances all around.

The special effects were pretty good, and the action scenes were terrific, but again, not quite as good as the first film. In fact, this film isn't at all as good as the first film. This film is still very good, and it deserves its 'Certified Fresh' rating on RT. Featuring strong performances, strong action, and an okay story, Iron Man 2 is a great summer movie, probably the best superhero film of 2010 and one of the best movies of a summer largely devoid of good ones (except Inception and Scott Pilgrim of course). I would definitely give this one a recommendation, but the first one would have to be viewed first, just to catch up on the story. All in all, one of the best superhero sequels ever made, even though it's no Dark Knight and it's predecessor is better.

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Iron Man 2 is a 2010 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name from Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures. It is the sequel to 2008's Iron Man, and the second film in a planned trilogy.  Directed by Jon Favreau, the film stars Robert Downey Jr., reprising his role as Tony Stark.

Tony Stark has revealed his identity as Iron Man and is resisting calls by the United States Government to hand over the technology. Ivan Vanko has also duplicated the technology and built weapons of his own, creating new challenges for Stark.

The film held its red carpet premiere in Los Angeles, California, on April 26, 2010 and in France on April 28, 2010. It was released in the United States on May 7, 2010.





After the high-flying adventures of the firstIron Manpicture, the billionaire arms manufacturer and irrepressible bon vivant Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) finds himself nursing a hangover. But not like any hangover he's had before: this one is toxic, a potentially deadly condition resulting from heavy metals (or something) bleeding out of the hardware he's installed in the middle of his chest. This is the problem Stark needs to solve inIron Man 2, not to mention the threat from resentful Russian science whiz Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), whose father helped create the Iron Man technology. There's an even bigger problem for the film: the need to set up a future Marvel Comics movie universe in which a variety of veteran ...
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Director: Jon Favreau
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: May 7th, 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Studio: Marvel Studios, Paramount Pictures
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