Based on the successful Marvel comic, Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as Tony Stark, as the superhero deals with his ailing health, pressure from the government to share his state-of-the-art technology, and a vengeful madman.
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Its plot has no logic other than what would make a good scene. But it's got Robert Downey, Jr., Samuel L. Jackson in an eye-patch, Mickey Rourke doing a Russian accent, Scarlett Johansson's stunt double in a body-suit, and the most effortless scientific breakthrough since Jeff Goldblum hacked an alien computer system overnight. And of course, it sets up the next film. If anything can save America, it's synergy.
Right on par with the first Iron Man. A second viewing didn't add or take away from my overall opinion. You can tell by the story that a lot of it was getting made up on the fly but the dialogue and performances are so fun that even if you notice you really don't care. The direction also seemed to improve from the first one but overall, Iron Man 2 is a textbook case of a summer blockbuster. Lots of mindless fun.
Bringing Ironman to life on screen is the best use of cgi that I can think of. Robert Downey Jr. is wonderful as Tony Stark, but the Rhodey/War Machine character is completely superfluous. The films would be better off with them.
"Boring and all-around shitty climax. Very funny and fun for the most part. The line about the cheeseburger was my favorite." That's what I said about the first Iron Man film. Replace "cheeseburger" with "ass clown" and you've got Iron Man 2.
The movie suffers from not exceeding the original after the trend was set for brilliant superhero sequels, yet Iron Man 2 still contains all that should be required of a classic "Sequel." Every weakness is balanced out with a strength. Even Mickey Rourke's electrifying and woefully underused presence is balanced by an unsurprisingly brilliant performance by Sam Rockwell.