Sunday, 20 September 2020
Iron Man 2
Saturday, 15 May 2010 15:56

Iron Man 2I’ll start by saying that the first Iron Man movie was a defining moment for comic book films – a genre previously brushed aside by many. The fact that it was completely entertaining, brilliantly written and starred respected actors like Robert Downey Jr.  and Jeff Bridges gave it clout with a more mature audience. That and it was just a bloody fun movie. This is what Iron Man 2 is up against. So should I judge it on its own merits, or stack it up against its predecessor? Maybe a bit of both...

iron-man-2starkRobert Downey Jr. is in his glory once again as the impetuous Tony Stark. He’s charming, disarming and utterly indestructible in his Iron Man suit.  But behind his public persona Tony is out of control. The suit is taking over his life, his health is deteriorating and his personal relationships are worse than ever. To make matters worse the US military wants to take his designs and build more suits, turning the Iron Man into a weapon. Then there’s the not-so-small matter of a seriously intimidating Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko, a Russian inventor out for revenge on the Stark legacy. He’s a perfect choice for the villain.

Mickey RourkeOnce again we have great performances and chemistry between Downey Jr., and Gwyneth Paltrow. Pepper may be the bookish assistant but she is every bit Starks match. Scarlett Johansson enters the picture as an undercover agent, sent to keep an eye on Tony by posing as his new assistant. She’s eye candy for the boys, but otherwise doesn’t really serve much purpose - her character could have been cut out of the script altogether and it would have been the same movie.

The action scenes are all roller-coaster thrills and great special effects, especially the battle between Vanko and Stark at a race track that is so much fun to watch.

Overall, though not as strong as the first film, Iron Man 2 is a good follow-up to a great original.