Iron Man 2(2010)
The sequel to 2008's Iron Man takes place six months later, when Tony Stark's identity-reveal is taking its toll.... More
Robert Downey Jr reprises his role as the hero, while two new villains are introduced. Whiplash (Mickey Rourke) is a tough Russian guy who has constructed his own suit with electro-charged whips. Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) is a rival industrialist. Scarlett Johansson plays Stark's new assistant, but is more than she seems...Hide
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BY Andrew Hedley Flicks Writer
This fun, flashy superhero sequel doesn’t quite match the original. It has everything that made the first such a hit – crackling dialogue, sardonic wit, cool technology – but ends up as little more than a thinly-veiled advertisement for future Marvel movies.
Disappointingly, it feels as if all the exciting stuff is yet to come. Samuel L. Jackson turns up half way, to talk for a while about what may or may not happen in a sequel (it’s to link in to the upcoming Avengers movie, but if you’re unfamiliar with what this is, this movie offers no explanation). Scarlett Johansson is similarly pointless.
It’s in this middle-section drag that some viewers will be begging for some action. Thankfully, this means that Mickey Rourke is soon wheeled back onscreen as a weirdo Russian ex-jailbird scientist, aka ‘Whiplash’, smirking as he quietly goes about whupping ol’ shellhead’s ass.
If only the movie was more focused, we could have had an awesome Downey vs Rourke storyline. But with so many uneven plot strands, it’s all a bit uninvolving.
Fans of the comic book might well be satisfied. Anyone else will find moments here – it certainly looks cool – but might, like me, leave the cinema feeling a little undernourished.
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