This afternoon I had the pleasure of seeing Iron Man 2. Let me tell you, I was very entertained. Although some other reviewers didn’t like it, I definitely did. This film had a lot of action, a lot of humor, and a lot of content. Whereas some critics say it had too many subplots, I think all the necessary pieces were there and in place, the pieces just happened to be bigger ones.
Tony Stark is as cocky as ever, doing what he wants publicly, while still defending the people and being brilliant. He also had to defend the Iron Man suit from the government and a competitor in the weapons making business, Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell). Underneath all the cockiness and arrogance, Stark is vulnerable and has issues. Issues that I won’t tell you about. You’ll see as soon as you see the film.
Hammer hires Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), a Russian physicist who is out to get the Stark family because he believes his father got screwed over by Howard Stark (Tony’s father), to help replicate the Iron Man suit. Rourke does an amazing job acting. Period. Interesting things happen. Stark and Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow) develop their relationship a little, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is back and a new assistant to Stark shows up (Scarlett Johansson). Rhody (Don Cheadle) is back, but isn’t Terrance Howard anymore.
Lots of big names. Lots of action. Lots of humor. Good music. Extremely entertaining. Also, make sure you stay after the credits because there is an extra scene just like the first Iron Man.