3 1/2 Stars
Iron Man 2 delivers the same enjoyable action and comedy as the first. Robert Downey Jr. still stands strong as Tony Stark. At this point he may even be irreplaceable. His delivery of dialogue and comedic timing make a character that should be repulsive, very likable. Gwyneth Paltrow returns as Pepper Potts, now CEO of Stark Industries. Her straight-man acting to Downey’s rambunctious Stark is picture perfect.
Jon Favreau’s direction never gets in the way and highlights the comedic sequences as well as the too few action sequences. Writer Justin Theroux keeps the great dialogue and feel for the characters that was evident in the first film.
New to the cast is Mickey Rourke as believable Russian bad guy Ivan Vanko, the son of Stark’s father’s ex-business partner out for revenge. Rourke is menacing as always. Scarlett Johansson also joins the cast as Natalie Rushman, but like Rourke doesn’t have a whole lot to do in the film. Sam Rockwell plays Stark’s business rival Justin Hammer with a lot of charisma, fitting well into the cast and playfulness of the film.
The action sequences are few, but with this cast the movie can’t go wrong. If like me, you enjoyed the first then you’ll enjoy the second. There’s nothing here to put anyone off. The storyline is just as good, the special effects are a little better and Stark is as suave as ever. But that’s kind of a blessing and a curse, as this movie plays it safe and delivers on the more of the same principle. A must see for anyone that wants to take a fun ride.
Director: Jon Favreau
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Mickey Rourke
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