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10-point review of Iron Man-2 (PG-13) 124min

May 7th, 2010 by Maxim · 8 Comments · 29,636 Views


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Was excited to see Iron Man-2 finally, on the opening day, after long wait – in IMAX. I liked it. It’s good, but don’t set your expectations too high if you want to really enjoy it. The movie feels like it’s composed of a lot of individual scenes and bits and pieces, but the whole picture is a bit chunky – a lot of characters were introduced, but they did not have a chance to fully open up or really do anything. Perhaps it’s a set up for a sequel, perhaps it was just cut badly. The latter is more likely, since there were quite a few continuity problems.

The plot: Six months after the end of the first movie, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is a celebrity for using his Iron Man armored suit to help negotiate peace between major world superpowers, thus bringing the longest period of peace on the planet (no major wars for the whole 6 months?). But every hero has enemies. Senator Stern (Gary Shandling) demands that “dangerous” suit be transferred into control of US government. Meanwhile the arc reactor that keeps his heart running is slowly killing him. Believing his death is imminent, he appoints his assistant Pepper Potts  (Gwyneth Paltrow) the CEO of Stark Industries, replacing her with Natalie Rushman (Scarlett Johansson). Meanwhile, the son of disgraced physicist Anton Vanko, who collaborated with Tony’s father on original arc-reactor design, creates his own arc-reactor, and becomes the anti-Iron Man, and brings full might of his vengeance on Tony Stark.

  1. For the most part, the plot was good.
  2. Mickey Rourke was cast as the main antagonist – a Russian physicist, whose father suffered in some way from Tony Stark’s father’s activities (I never understood how exactly he was wronged and how actions of the anti-hero were justified by that). Every time I see him I remember how handsome he used to be and how ugly he is now.
  3. Plenty of good jokes throughout the movie
  4. Good acting! The entire cast did a really great job.
  5. Scarlett Johansson kicks major ass – all the while in tight leather pants, and keeping her red hair fabulous.
  6. Gwyneth  Paltrow looks great, as always
  7. Nice special effects/CGIs, although the movie lacked definition to justify watching it in IMAX.
  8. Mickey Rourke had to learn three short phrases in Russian for this movie, and he was dreadful at it. Not that it’s important for a movie that’s based on a  comic book. Laws of physics also do not apply.
  9. There’s a scene where Tony Stark dressed up in Iron Man costume fights his friend inside his house. Why? Because he is a narcissist. Destroyed his own house just to make a point in a silly argument over nothing. Effing rich people! Of course, he is just being “eccentric”! He can afford it…
  10. The boss fight was too short

Cast: Tony Stark – Robert Downey Jr. | Lt. Col. James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes – Don Cheadle | Natalie Rushman/Natasha Romanoff – Scarlett Johansson | Pepper Potts – Gwyneth Paltrow | Justin Hammer – Sam Rockwell | Ivan Vanko – Mickey Rourke | Nick Fury – Samuel L. Jackson | Agent Coulson – Clark Gregg | Jarvis – Paul Bettany | Christiane Amanpour

Crew: Director – Jon Favreau | Screenplay – Justin Theroux | Producers – Victoria Alonso, Louis D’Esposito, Susan Downey, Jon Favreau, Kevin Feige, Alan Fine, Eric Heffron, Jeremy Latcham, Stan Lee, David Maisel, Denis L. Stewart | Music – John Debney | Cinematography – Matthew Libatique | Editing – Dan Lebental, Richard Pearson | Paramount Pictures

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 c // May 17, 2010 at 1:42 pm

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    I love Iron Man!! Robert Downey Jr. is charming and endearing and made me love this movie! Normally I’m not a comic book fan, usually I go for more dramatic stuff like the movie Cycle (, but because of Downey I’m a convert and loving it!! But Scarlette Jo has got to go I just find her annoying.

  • 2 Stephen Dooling // May 27, 2010 at 1:31 am

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    lol! Tony Stark’s character is funny! How can he destroy his own house. I never thought this movie has a funny side. This time I’m now really sure that Get Him to the Greek of P.Diddy, Jonah and Russell Brand is really funny. Like JOnah said, super fun!

  • 3 Harry Hilders // May 28, 2010 at 11:16 am

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    Nice review, I liked the movie, but as you say it is just ‘good’.

    ps. check out this hilarious iron man spoof:

  • 4 Shaun Thompson // Oct 3, 2010 at 4:05 pm

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    I couldn’t understand the villain’s motivations when I saw the movie either.

  • 5 kim sanders // Oct 3, 2010 at 6:25 pm

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    I’m not sure if this is the movie I have watched before ’cause I didn’t seen it’s title that’s why I’m having some webs reviews and thanks for this one.

  • 6 un40d6000 // May 3, 2011 at 8:36 pm

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    I agree that the boss fight is too short. Should make it longer to make an explosive ending. Still, I really enjoy it anyway.

  • 7 Anshika // Jan 30, 2013 at 4:02 am

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    I really love him. the way he move and fight that is pretty awesome. he is my favorite even in avenger movie. thank you for sharing.
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  • 8 Omotolani // Jul 14, 2015 at 4:29 am

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    that he thinks is eneritly innocent but wait! It isn’t! haha!’ I mean, you knew from the beginning that he was evil, that character type always is, but they played it so straight, they were really earnest with it like, ‘no, no, shut up, he’s not evil, no, fuck you, look at him be good, no no, really, look, he’s being really nice, no, fuck it, look at how reasonable he is, no, no, look, he’s speaking all calmly to the cameras, no no, look, damn you, look, look, look – oh, and theeeeeeere you go. Did we get you? You know we got you. What a nice reveal that was. Wasn’t that good? We played that so well, didn’t we?’ And you kind of smile and go, yeah, ok, he was devoted to his role.) So when they pulled all that stuff (and the ‘I am Iron Man’ line a the end – really good, really smooth, but really superhero line) it struck you as odd, because they’d built this movie that didn’t feel like that, that was about accountability and about your army liason turning away from you when you need his help, that felt a little bit more real than that. I liked that you had those clashes, those things that went, ‘well, actually, Tony, now you’ve admitted you’re Iron Man all the families of all those civilians you killed fighting Obidiah? GONNA SUE YOUR ASS.’ because then you go ‘now why did I think that? If this was spiderman I wouldn’t think that.’ and then you realise ‘because they’ve built me a world where I think that, they’ve shown me the Middle East and the weapons trade and hey, that superhero schtick doesn’t cut it in this world.’ And I really, really loved that. I loved the fact that I counted eleven times in the first twenty minutes of the movie where Tony should have died within the rules of the movie, that they talked about the stock market like it was a serious concern and they implied the whole ‘We were meant to kill Tony but instead we decided to use him to make a missile and that’s how he lucked out and lived’ discovery made by Pepper. I liked that they didn’t always talk down to the audience.Also, I liked the S.H.I.E.L.D guy. He was awesome.

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