Iron Man 2
Robert Downey Jr. returns as billionaire Tony Stark in this thrilling sequel to the worldwide blockbuster. Now that his superhero secret has been revealed, Tony's life is more intense than ever.
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Downey whips out the big guns, sexy banter in fun sequel.
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Fresh: It doesn't come close to the emotional heft of those two rare 2s that outclassed their ones: Superman 2 and Spider-Man 2. But Iron Man 2 hums along quite nicely.
- David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke, Clark Gregg, John Slattery, Jon Favreau, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara, Leslie Bibb, Garry Shandling Director: Jon Favreau Summary: Wealthy inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) -- aka Iron Man -- resists calls by the American government to hand over his technology. Meanwhile, Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) has constructed his own miniaturized arc reactor, causing all kinds of problems for our superhero. My Thoughts: "I was going to start comparing it to the first but stopped myself. Instead I will just say on it's own, it stays true to super-hero flicks. There is plenty of action, great characters, and a good story line that gave us a bit of history on Tony's father. Even the additional character's in this film where enjoyable. Liked Scarlett Johansson in this. I was skeptical of her being a bad-ass, but she totally pulled it off. I would go as far as saying that if they gave her a spin-off with that character, I would see it. My niece and nephew loved her and cheered her on in her butt-kicking moment. There's also plenty of humor in this film as well. Robert and Gwen are pretty good together and have great chemistry. I enjoyed their back and forth bickering. Mickey Rourke was a great villain. I thought he was great as 'Whiplash'. Just a fun action film. See it if you haven't.."
- LWOODS04, Thursday, November 11, 2010
Iron Man 2 offers everything the first horse out of the summer movie gate should have--action, effects, spectacle, humor and girls whose mothers you'd certainly like to meet. It also ups the ante but delivering a great story that effectively builds upon its predecessor from a couple years ago. Iron Man 2 is more of the same with some nice upgrades (namely Scarlett Johansson) and a couple of twists that threaten to eat the plot. The performances are great and Jon Favreau outdoes himself with the direction. My only complaints were the believability of Don Cheadle in the suit (that scene where he lands at the military base says it all) and the Transformers 2 style blurred action that gets piled on you so quickly you have to be on valium to process what just happened. The story comes on pretty furiously but misfires a little bit in the 3rd act, otherwise the good seriously outweighs the weak. And stay through the credits. A second viewing keeps the anticipation from forming too much of an opinion but still a fun ride.
- mjgildea, Wednesday, November 10, 2010