Sean K. Cureton

Iron Man 2

In Movie Reviews: 2010 on May 16, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Iron Man 2

Directed by Jon Favreau

3 1/2 out of 4 stars

In 2008, the first Iron Man movie came out, and surprised viewers around the world with a film that was not only enjoyable, but was actually good. Robert Downey Jr. made a come back appearance as Tony Stark in the first film, a man so self-indulgent and obsessed with his own desires that the world around him goes largely unnoticed. He then has to reconnect with the world throughout the rest of the film, while at the same time developing the first Iron Man suit, which is treated as a sort of WOMD by other people around him.

Iron Man 2, the sequel to the 2008 blockbuster hit, takes up right where the first one ended, and does not disappoint in any way. Tony Stark, played again by Robert Downey Jr., is still just as narcissistic as he was in the original and is still just as entertaining. Downey is joined in this film by the likes of Mickey Rourke, playing the bad guy Whiplash, Don Cheadle, taking over for Terrence Howard from the first film, and Sam Rockwell, giving a hilarious turn as the slimy Justin Hammer. Other returning actors from the first film include Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and Jon Favreau as Hogan.

While the first film was certainly excellent, the sequel really gives the original a run for its money, and might actually be better than the original. Unlike the first film, where Downey Jr. was the star of the show, in the sequel, every performance given is absolutely stellar. Rourke gives a chilling performance as the spurned Russian physicist, Cheadle runs miles around Howard’s original performance, and even the cameo from Gary Shandling is great. Hands down, this has got to be one of the most fun action/superhero movies I have seen since Spider-Man 2.

Bottom line, Iron Man 2 is one of the most fun movies I have seen in a long time in the theatre. And more importantly, it is an example of great film making among the other numerous pieces of cinematic drivel that is also set to come out this summer (i.e. The Expendables, Kick-Ass). With the success of the first two films, here’s to hoping that there will be an Iron Man 3 in the near future.

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