Friday, May 7, 2010

The millionaire in the iron mask. A review of Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2

Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson

Writer: Justin Theroux

Director: Jon Favreau.

** and a 1/2 *’s out of 4

Summer has arrived with the arrival of everyone’s favorite man in the steel suit, Iron Man. Robert Downey Jr returns in the role he will best be remembered for. He could be nominated for tons of Oscars for other movies , but his legacy will remain with these films. In fact the whole damn cast was an absolute joy to watch on the screen. Mickey Rourke was incredibly menacing as Ivan Vanko. Scarlett Johannson looked so amazing wearing a tight black suit I’d let her kick my ass. The stand out performance comes from Sam Rockwell who portrays rival weapons maker Justin Hammer. He wants to be as charming and funny as Tony Stark, but his efforts look very pathetic, which therefore make it very funny.

In this sequel.  Congress headed by Senator Stern(Gary Shandling) wants Tony Stark to hand over the Iron man suit because they are afraid of the technology falling into the wrong hands. Those hands belong to Ivan Vanko who blames Stark enterprises for having his dad banished to Siberia by Russian officials. Vanko vows vengeance by building his own suit to take out Iron Man. Tony finds out that the same device in his chest that has been keeping him alive is also slowly killing him. These causes a midlife crises which than causes a huge lag in the middle of the movie, but if you know traditional superhero movies you should know how this is going to end.

For a big blockbuster action movie, I only counted five scenes of action, but they do deliver high quality and don’t disappoint. Director Jon Favreau and writer Justin Theroux want to take Iron Man into darker territory with the whole father abandonment issue and the midlife crises, but by doing so they slow the movie way down. At times I just wanted someone to tell Stark that he is a freaking millionaire and that all of his so called problems are very minuscule when you are.. That’s right, a freaking millionaire. While not as fun as the first movie was, Downey Jr and cast as so damn entertaining they make up for the lack of story.


1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed it. A couple of hours of sheer escapism.