Iron Man 2 (2010) – 6/10 superhero action sequel movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Jon Favreau
Robert Downey, Jr.: Tony Stark
Gwyneth Paltrow: Pepper Potts
Don Cheadle: Lt. Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes
Scarlett Johansson: Natalie Rushman / Natasha Romanoff
Sam Rockwell: Justin Hammer
Mickey Rourke: Ivan Vanko
Samuel L. Jackson: Nick Fury
Executive Producer: Stan Lee
Executive Producer: Jon Favreau
Producer: Kevin Feige
Writer (Screenplay): Justin Theroux
Stan Lee:
Writer (Original Comic Book): Stan Lee
Writer (Original Comic Book): Don Heck
Writer (Original Comic Book): Larry Lieber
Writer (Original Comic Book): Jack Kirby

Iron Man 2 (2010)

The palladium powering Stark’s heart is killing him. Quickly. Already recklessly impulsive, this leads him to making even more wild decisions and the US Government and rival weapons manufacturer Justin Hammer want the power of the suit for themselves. When Iron Man is severely tested by a Russian dude who has knocked up his own portable arc reactor complete with functioning energy whips, a window of opportunity presents itself.


Iron Man 2 is certainly a fun movie but it does make yet another compelling case for forbidding movie companies from releasing trailers. The best moment in the film, aside from cheerleaders in spiffy Iron Men outfits (SPOILER the Iron Man-in-a-case), is undermined by the audience already knowing what is in the case. The other good moments of the film, snippets of cute dialogue, are all in the trailer. Director Jon Favreau puts it all together professionally but still doesn’t know how to build in a movie while Justin Theroux (the writer of the boring Tropic Thunder) makes the typical super-hero movie mistake of undermining their hero by giving the villain the same super-powers. So Mickey Rourke builds an army of super-soldier drones, an Iron Man suit and energy whips (the latter as a penniless, surely resourceless, proletarian; the rest in a few days) and it doesn’t up the stakes or heighten drama. It just, like Jeff Bridges knocking up an Iron Monger suit in a few days and becoming an expert pilot instantly in the first film, makes Iron Man look less impressive.

This movie contains two bleeped sexual swear words, mild swear words, adult dialogue and strong mecha violence, strong melee violence and mild sensuality.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


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