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Movie Review: Iron Man 2

Written By: Harold Schossman



At last he’s back, the eccentric, carefree, borderline insane genius Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), aka Iron Man. Having revealed his identity of Iron Man Tony Stark is under pressure by the US government who wants his technology. At a senate hearing Tony rejects both a US senator and his rival weapons dealer Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) saying that his rivals are 20 years away from cracking his technology.

Little does Tony know that in Moscow Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) son of a Russian Scientist is secretly building his own variation of the Iron Man tech. But Tony has plenty of other problems to deal with. The fact that his reactor is gradually poisoning his blood and thus slowly but steadfastly killing him makes him even more careless and ready to engage in any conceivable madness leaving a huge mess for his assistant Pepper Potts (Gwynneth Paltrow) to clean up. His friendship with Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle) is under particular bad shape as Rhodey serves as the US military liaison to its private weapons contractor, Hammer. At a race in Monte Carlo Ivan Vanko attacks Tony publicly proving that the Iron Man technology does exist for potential foes and sends Tony on a race to solve a whole pile of problems…

There is a lot going on in Iron Man 2 and I’ve only hinted at the film’s plot for now. Aside form a few scenes in the film’s middle I think Iron Man 2 is just about one of the best sequels. The pacing was good a lot of stuff kept happening and the film isn’t slow on action either. But action and story aside as it’s the actors who keep the film alive. Be it Rober Doney Jr, Gwynneth Paltrow, Mickey Rourke or Sam Rockwell they all keep you emotionally invested in the film and ultimately make it work. I hope that the third film, should they make one, will be as good as Iron Man 2.

About The Author: Harold Schossman is our International News Correspondent and our resident Expert Videographer. He has worked in the entertainment industry for almost two decades. Be sure to check out his outstanding video work on his YouTube account.