Review of 'Iron Man 2'

iron_man_2.jpg This sequel to the blockbuster “Iron Man” picks up immediately after the first movie with Tony Stark revelling in the fame that his announcement that he is Iron Man has given him. This also, of course, makes him a target. In this case, from a former Russian colleague of his father who has built his own suit to attack Stark. At the same time the element Stark uses to keep himself alive (and power his suit) is killing him…making him panic and act erratically (and scaring his friends). Through into this mix a jealous competitor and the scene is set for some spectacular set pieces that dwarf the standard set in the first movie. In this movie Stark's associates play a far more active role, in particular Pepper Potts who he appoints as head of Stark Enterprises in his desire to live before he dies…The scene of Stark in the Iron Man suit drunk and dancing at his birthday party is one that cannot really be forgotten. Of course, the battle at the end of the movie is truly incredible.

Fantastic effects and another wonderful performance from Robert Downey Jr. as the lovable rouge – the flawed hero (even more flawed, for sure, in this movie). Mickey Rourke also gives a truly disturbing turn as the villain, Ivan Vanko (and also shows a surprisingly muscular physique). Samuel L. Jackson also returns as Nick Fury providing another element to the story and the upcoming Avengers movie…Along that note, be sure to stay to see the small scene after the credits…

A good lot of summer movie fun.

Rating: “Nearly perfect, but not quite”

Review Date: 2010-05-16

Directed by: Jon Favreau

Studio: Paramount Pictures

Year: 2010

Length: 124 minutes

Genre: Action/Adventure

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