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IRON MAN 2 (2010)

Movie review by David Blackwell


124 minutes, rated PG-13


STUDIO:  Paramount Pictures/ Marvel Studios

Theatrical RELEASE DATE:  5-7-2010


STARRING Robert Downey Jr (Tony Stark), Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), Don Cheadle (Lt. Colonel James Rhodes), Scarlett Johansson (Natalie Rushman), Sam Rockwell (Justin Hammer), Mickey Rourke (Ivan Vanko), and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury)

WRITTEN by Justin Theroux, based on the Marvel comic book

DIRECTED by Jon Farveau

Ever since Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has revealed himself as Iron Man, his life has begun to unravel.  The very thing that keeps him alive (the mini-reactor) is poisoning his blood.   Then there is a Russian bad guy, Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), who wants to bring Tony Stark down and a business rival (Justin Hammer) who wants to put Stark out of business (and have the Iron Man technology for himself).  IRON MAN 2 is about men having issues with technology while having issues with each other.   Rhodes and Stark even get into a fight while Ivan Vanko is set on getting revenge on Stark (even if it means accepting Hammer’s help).   Then you have the hot new employee working for Stark Industries, Natalie Rushman (Scarlett Johansson).   Stark has his hands full while his faithful assistant Pepper tries to hold his company together.


IRON MAN 2 is entertaining as the first one.  It has plenty of action and humor.   Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell chew scenery in their scenes, but Rourke does it better than Rockwell with a pet bird and playing it up as a Russian.   Robert Downey Jr. plays Stark like in the first film.   IRON MAN 2 isn’t a ground breaking sequel like THE DARK KNIGHT was compared to BATMAN BEGINS.  It is just popcorn entertainment for the summer.   I did miss the director not including a couple of scenes from the trailers (Pepper kissing Iron Man’s helmet and throwing it out of the plane- my favorite moment of the IRON MAN 2 trailers).


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