Iron Man 2
Wow, the summer blockbuster time is here. And who better for the job than Iron Man, who kicked us off two years ago! I admit I went into Iron Man 2 a bit cautious. The first one is a masterpiece. It can be tough to follow a classic, but director Jon Favreau once again makes a great movie. I would say that if Iron Man was a 5 star movie, Iron Man 2 is very close behind it with 4.5 stars. In today’s slew of mediocre movie ideas, Favreau and the gang really step up and make the price of admission more than worth it.
Iron Man 2 takes place 6 months after the first film. We see the U.S. government desperately trying to take control of the Iron Man suit. In addition, we see that Tony’s father used to work with a Russian, who son ends up coming back to avenge his father’s tarnished legacy. As the movie unfolded, I fell in love with the characters over and over again. Having so many brilliant actors (I use this as a gender-neutral term) in these roles made each character a joy to watch. Considering I love watching these actors in their own films, having them come together was a real treat. Once again, Downey seems to be having the time of his life. However, unlike the great improv moments he had in the first one, the cast steps it up and each gets a chance at a zinger or two.
Having discussed this with some good friends at breakfast afterwards, I realized that this film feels classic already. It’s plot and how it flows reminds me of the action films of the 80s, where the idea of plot was as important as the spectacle. The film gives itself plenty of room to explore the relationships between the main characters and lets the action act as extra fun as opposed to the Michael Bay type of movie where the explosion is the plot (but I like Michael Bay movies the way they are….except Transformers 2).
To sweeten the pot for fanboys and insiders, sprinkled in are great jokes and nudges to those of us paying attention. Don Cheadle’s entrance is the best example. He walks in to have Tony Stark react as surprised to see him there. As you listen to the dialogue, it clearly is a nudge to the fact that Cheadle replaces Terrance Howard. There are many great moments, but I don’t want to give too much away. Just know that Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke, and Scarlett Johansson are great additions to the already brilliant cast. Iron Man 2 brings the goods 4.5 out of 5 stars.