Movie Review: "Iron Man 2"

 

Here is an unbiased review of Iron Man 2 from Greystoke, because if I was to write it my review would consist of two words , F'n Awesome!!! 

 

AC/DC, check; Iron Man, check; Iron Man surrounded by things exploding to AC/DC soundtrack, check; popcorn, more please.

 A more than adequate follow-up to its predecessor, “Iron Man 2,” directed by Jon Favreau from a screenplay by Justin Theroux, rises to the challenge of being the latest in a long line to attempt to usurp the throne of the “Dark Knight.” That said, if you read the reviews from the first film, they’ll probably hold up when you cut and paste “Iron Man 2” into the subject line.

 In the latest go round, Tony Stark, - Robert Downey Jr. returning as the now dying hero - finds himself under pressure to relinquish the Iron Man weapon to U.S. authorities, and also keep the secret of being poisoned by the very chest piece keeping him alive. It’s not a spoiler alert to say he lives. However, this is a side note to his being pursued by Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko, aka Whiplash, who blames Stark for his families troubled past.

 After nearly killing Stark in Monaco with presumed stolen Stark technology, Venko is hired by Sam Rockells’ Justin Hammer to create Iron man suits of his very own: a bid to become the main government supplier of technology. Does it result in a showdown different from the one at the end of the first film, not really, but this time they do multiply by a hundred and, tired plot devices aside, “Iron Man 2” gets the job done.

 The most notable difference between the two films: talent. Despite small controversy over Don Cheadles’ replacement of Terrance Howard, it’s hard to argue his presence on screen; follow with Mickey Rourke and the always enjoyable Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer, Tony Starks’ chief competitor, and you have a worthy excuse for a night out. And yes, Scarlett Johansson is, male guilty pleasure incarnate as the Latin quipping Natasha Romanoff, surprisingly believable at disarming a room full of baddies.

 “Iron Man 2” is great popcorn fun, and as such, it’s easy to forget about plot holes such as how Ivan Vanko knew Tony Stark would be racing in Monaco, when no one else did. “Audiences are responding to the continued unexpected nature of this franchise,” said Kevin Feige, Marvel President, to the NY Times, but it’s the expected that drags us to our seats here. There is nothing unexpected about Iron Man 2. You want more Iron Man, you got more Iron Man.

 -Greystoke

 

What: "Iron Man 2"

Directed by: Jon Favreau

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson

Rated: PG-13 for violence and brief strong language

Should you go? Sure, but don't expect anything very original with this one.