A hero with not enough time
He has money, he has fans, and now, he has a week to live. Iron Man 2 is the sequel to the 2008 movie, Iron Man (duh), but a major portion of this film is setting up for Thor and Captain America in 2011 and Marvel Studios biggest planned movie, The Avengers (2012). Robert Downey Jr, Gwenth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson, and Director Jon Favreao return with a group of new main cast members, Don Chelde, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, and Mickey Rourke to bring you this action packed comic book movie.
A problem with most comic book sequels is that they try add all the characters and things they missed in the last movie. This often leads to them having one to many villains, not expanding enough on some of the characters, and losing the charm from the original. Turning the drinking problem of Tony Stark into a out of control birthday party and adding 'Pace maker cancer', only to have it cured so easily, also did not help the movie. However, this still lives to my expectations and it is a great movie.
Brilliant effects, original plot, comicbook accuracy, A-list actors, all rolled into one. The Crimson Whiplash was a great movie idea because whiplash is a unique villain, and Crimson Dynamo is a top three Iron-Man enemy. I felt that they didn't expand enough on Black Widow, turning her into a mindless S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. And turning Justin Hammer into a Tony Starks opposite except more of a douche. The humor in this is put up a bit from the last one, with jokes like: "You can trust me to pleasure myself.","We are being ambushed by Hammer's-roids.", and the last line of the movie, "Don't you hate how annoying a little prick can be?".
Robert Downey Jr turns Tony Stark into a loveible hero who's a little weird where as the comics turn him into a alcoholic hitler wannabe who's a little horny. Just like Heath Leager, Downey has made the role his own and make the comics that made the character look bad. As far as other actors, I extremely enjoyed Mickey Roukes proformance, along with all other actors. Jon Favreao's cameo as Happy Hogan was expanded to main cast member, I found this pointless, although, adding him in nearly every action scene was pretty funny.
It is said that Iron Man 3 will come out after the Avengers. Hopefully they will keep this War Machine, and not make the villain a combination of Mandarin and Madame Masque. We won't see Tony Stark again until 2012 (unless he cameos in 2011) where he will be in Joss Whedon's Avengers. This movie is one of Marvels best and would advice you to buy, watch, re-watch, watch until you know the words off by heart, and by the time you finish, Thor will be out in cinemas.