Iron Man 2 (2010)

7.0 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Acting: 9/10
Visuals: 9/10

Tons of your favorite super-heroes in one film

Too much in the film for the story

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Iron Man 2

Studio:  Marvel Studios

Genre(s):  Comic Book/Action/Adventure

Release Date(s):  May 7, 2010

MPAA Rating:  PG-13


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The world now knows Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) is Iron Man, and he’s loving it.  With the notoriety comes enemies, and Tony’s got a ton of them.  A man named Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) is blaming Stark for the theft of his father’s technology and developed his own Whiplash technology to attack him.  Now Ivan is teamed with a rival industrialist named Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) who was publically shamed by Stark, and they are out to destroy him.  Tony has his own problems with chemicals from the Iron Man technology slowly killing him and butting heads with his friend Rhodney (Don Cheadle) over who deserves the Iron Man technology.  With Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) continuing to have his back, a new assistant named Natalie Rushman (Scarlett Johansson) joins Stark’s team and seems to have secrets of her own.

Directed once again by Jon Favreau, Iron Man 2 was a direct sequel to Iron Man and continues the story (though Tony Stark did make an appearance in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk).  The movie was still loved by fans but received a little less favorable reviews from critics.


Iron Man…come out and play!

Iron Man 2 is very full like many super-hero sequels.  Not only is there Iron Man, but there’s War Machine (with Don Cheadle replacing Terrance Howard), and Black Widow on the hero side and Justin Hammer and Whiplash as villains.  An appearance by Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury also just throws another character into the mix.  This means a lot of characters with not a lot of screentime.  Opposed to many super-hero movies that do this, I think Iron Man 2 does a good job handling this and gives more balance to the characters.

It doesn’t mean Iron Man 2 is as good as Iron Man, but it isn’t bad.  The movie still has the same fun feel that the first movie has and much of that fun still comes from Robert Downey, Jr. who just seems to love the character.  Tony Stark comes off as a big kid that you actually like instead of being annoyed by.  The movie does a bit to get toward the “Demon in the Bottle” storyline which dealt with Tony Stark’s drinking problem, but fortunately, they save this story for the most part since the movie already has too much in it.


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The FX of Iron Man 2 are still strong.  The armor and the technology in the film seem like they really have a bit more weight.  I never have believed the Iron Man technology in the comic or the films, but it does give it a realistic feel that keeps the movie fun and exciting.  Big robots punching each other should be fun…I wish the Transformers movies would remember that.

Iron Man 2 was not the disappointment I thought it would be, but it also felt a bit like more of the same.  It is worth seeing it, and it still might be better than most of the other movies that led into The Avengers movie of 2012 (with The Incredible Hulk, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger).  Iron Man 3 was released in 2013.

Related Links:

Iron Man (2008)

Iron Man 3 (2013)

The Avengers (2012)

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