Iron Man 2
Running Time: 124 mins.
Studio: Marvel Studios
Director: Jon Favreau
Writer: Justin Theroux
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson with Rickey Rourke and Samuel L. Jackson
Landing in just before the annual summer blockbusters Iron Man 2 boasts a sequel that will match and exceed the fun, action and storyline of it's predecessor. It's safe to say that Iron Man 2 delivers and then some.
Taking place 6 months after the first installment it seems all is going well for Tony Stark (Downey jr.), he's the most popular man in America, saved the world from almost certain destruction and still has that amazing home in Miami. Unfortunately the United States government wants "The Iron Man Weapon" under their control claiming it to be the next step in weapon technology that the world is racing to and when a man appears out of no where wielding technology on the same level as the Iron Man tech all with Tony coming down with an incurable disease things begin to get hot under the collar and this time he can't go in alone.
One of the biggest gambles with Iron Man 2 was the re-casting of James "Rhodey" Rhodes from the previous Terrance Howard to Don Cheadle, and it fits! There's even a possible nod to the change of actors in the opening few minutes of the film, see if you can spot them. Cheadle's portrays Rhodey as a close friend to Tony but with his loyalty to the military creating a bit of friction between two which adds to the story but doesn't try to take precedence. The introduction of Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko, a Russian genius with the obsession of destroy Tony Stark and his legacy. Rourke's portrayal of Vanko is well received as he creates quite an intimidating and hulking presence when in the scene but his genius also shines through, Tony is going to have a tough time beating a villian who's just as smart as him.
Of course Downey jr., Paltrow and even the film's own director Jon Favreau create a great performance to watch and the interaction they have between each other and the other characters create more than couple of humorous scenes. The dynamic between the different characters is definitely one of Iron Man 2's strengths and it really pays off.
The special effects in this film are through the roof making it an extravaganza for the eyes that'll keep almost any sfx fanatics happy. There's also a great amount of little touches in this film such as the updated design and layout of Stark's workshop, the new types of technology that appear and of course the suits! The Computer Graphics have been updated and the already realistic armour looks phoenominal then theres the actual suits built for closer shots that make these things seem achievable in the next few years.
As mentioned Iron Man 2 builds on and delivers everything you would want from a super hero film, with a strong story and even stronger characters, Iron Man 2 is a great way to start off the summer blockbuster season and will leave you talking about it for weeks to come, mostly conversations that started with "Wasn't it cool when...?"