Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke
Director: Jon Favreau
Synopsis: Six months after the events of the first Iron Man movie, the United States government demands that Tony Stark hand over the Arc Reactor technology (powers the suit), which of course he resists. There have been several attempts across the world at replicating the suit, which could prove to be dangerous to the United States or even the whole world. Tony’s arc reactor in his chest, the device that keeps him alive, is also slowly killing him, which results in Stark behaving even more recklessly than he normally does. With the clock ticking on his life, Tony does battle with Russian scientist Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), goes head to head with his rival businessman Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell), while getting into business with secret U.S. agency, S.H.I.E.L.D. in this installment of the Iron Man series.
Review: The second movie featuring the robotic designed superhero is another joyride of a movie, filled with loud rock music, eccentric billionaire behavior, and big explosive action scenes. The humor is even sharper and the overall aesthetic of Tony Stark’s lifestyle is made even more clear than it was in the first installment. But while the humor took a rise, the writing itself took a bit of a dip. The story just isn’t as enthralling as the original, and at times it feels as if they replaced some of the substance with flair, which can actually work depending on the viewer. The film also introduced secret agent Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), who would go on to be a key character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Favorite Scene: Throughout the movie it is heavily suggested that Black Widow is not to be messed with, and towards the climax of the movie that buildup is payed off. Hot on Vanko’s trail, Widow and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) run through Hammer’s factory to find a way to return control of Rhodey’s (Don Cheadle) War Machine armor. They are attacked by some hired help, but Black Widow handles them effortlessly. It’s a short and simple scene, but the brilliant hand to hand fight choreography was something that had yet to be seen in the MCU.
Recommendation: The second installment in the Iron Man franchise doesn’t sit quite as well as the original film, but it still carries many of the same great traits. Sleek directing, exquisite visual effects, and great humor in what is honestly one of the funnier MCU movies. Far from my first choice of a recommendation from the Marvel franchise, but still more than worth the watch, especially for the characters and themes introduced that carry weight into the future films of the MCU.
Review By – Brandon Gayle @Brandothefather