Iron Man 2
After much anticipation, 2 years, and over 200 million dollars, Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 2 flies into action. This movie begins where the last one left off and the world knows that billionaire playboy inventor, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is Iron Man. The government, press, and the public, along with Starks defense contract rival Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) are trying to pressure him to give up his Iron Man technology. To keep that from happening, Hammer transfers Stark Industries to his trusted assistant Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and enlists the help of his long time military friend, Lt. James Rhodes (Don Theadle) to help him make another Iron Man suit. Of course, every super hero needs a villain to fight and Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) – also known as Whiplash because of some kind of revenge concerning Tony Starks father (we never find out why) – attacks Iron Man at a car race in Monaco. Stark also has another beautiful employee named Natalie Rushman (Scarlet Johansson) who we later find out is Black Widow, who seems to be helping him with a problem he has with the iron suit poisoning his blood. (We never really know, but I don’t think that’s the only thing she is helping him with.) In the final battle scene, Whiplash and Justin Hammer team up on Iron Man and it takes a new super hero named War Machine – who is actually Lt. Col. Rhodes – in another iron suit loaded with guns to help Iron Man. As expected, this film is a lot of fun with a superb cast of characters and some great action scenes. Now be prepared – this movie doesn’t have as much action as the first one; Iron Man only shows up four times and in only two battle scenes. One of the other problems with this film that affects the entire movie, are the many sub-plots and sub-characters that prevent character development of Whiplash and Black Widow. It doesn’t matter if you think this film is average or fantastic, it’s deserves a higher rating just because Robert Downey Jr. has the charisma and ability to act in complex scenes involving romance, drama and humor. For all you comic book fans, watch for all of the hidden Avenger nuggets and make sure you stay till the very end of the credits for a special scene. (This helped me finish my extra big bag of popcorn.) This film had the potential to be better, but it’s still very entertaining and I’m giving it a B rating.
This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.