Robert Downey Jr. returns as billionaire industrialist Tony Stark - otherwise known as chrome-plated superhero Iron Man. And this time he's facing-off against Russian baddie Whiplash, megalomaniac Justin Hammer and...War Machine!!
A perfect start to a much anticipated sequel, straightforward not giving too much but just enough to keep you on the edge of your seat. As the movie progresses there is so much excitement built up that you personally feel part of the story. The climax of the movie explodes your mind as well as a few buildings. The story comes together so well it, as with the first movie, leaves you wanting more and more.
Downey Jr returns in the lead role, playing the eccentric Tony Stark, again like a cocky spoiled
child with an entire company at his disposal. Downey Jr plays Stark in a serious yet free spirited way, who is so patronizingly clever he is just charming. Luckily he has Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) as his assistant/minder to make sure he's not killing himself. Paltrow's character, less attractive this time around, seems more serious than Iron Man 1, due to the extra responsibility left to her by the erratic Stark.
Mickey Rourke, taking on the role of Russian Ivan Vanko convincingly, actually has a pretty good Russian accent for an American guy. In a complete character contrast to his role in The Wrestler, he plays an endearingly vulnerable evil scientist seeking revenge. The only person to outsmart Tony Stark, he is a villain this movie cannot go without.
About Scarlett Johanssen; she is striking in her role, not much screen time/speaking time but she gives a decent performance nonetheless. Although she does lead the best sequence in the movie, kicking Jon Favreau's behind!
Don Cheadle, replacing Terrence Howard from the first movie, plays his role better than expected. A perfectly supportive, guiding friend for Stark, the only other person, aside from Pepper Potts, who could put up with his crazy ways.
Also a very stereotypical Samuel L Jackson performance in the minor but important role to set the movie in motion.
Explosions, lasers, rockets, androids and, of course, Iron Man. The visual graphics are superb, they really make the movie worth watching, almost using ever special effect at their disposal.
The soundtrack of the movie: AC-DC - nuff' said! Oh and The Clash, Queen, Daft Punk and The Beastie Boys, showcasing a good number of different music genres. The sound editor proved himself again to be a brilliant composer.
A few final movie notes: Stan Lee's version of 'Where's Wally?' Where is Stan Lee?
Also, did you remember to watch till the end of the credits?? That's how Marvel works.
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Sci-fi action adventure sequel. Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as Tony Stark, the billionaire industrialist also known as armoured superhero Iron Man. With the world now aware of his dual identity, Stark faces pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military. With Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and James 'Rhodey' Rhodes (Don Cheadle) at his side, Tony fights to protect his suit by forging new alliances - and confronting powerful new enemies. Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson and Mickey Rourke co-star.
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Robert Downey Jr. returns to play Tony Stark in Iron Man 2, the eagerly anticipated sequel to the 2008 superhero smash, Iron Man. In this sensational follow-up, Stark must become Iron Man once more and do battle with Whiplash (Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler), and corporate rival Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell - Moon). Scarlett Johansson (Lost In Translation) stars as sexy Russian spy Black Widow, and Don Cheadle (Boogie Nights) assumes the role of Colonel James Rhodes from Terrence Howard.