Iron Man 2 (Marvel/Paramount) | Under the Radar Magazine Under the Radar | Music Blog for the Indie Music Magazine
Monday, February 26th, 2024  

Iron Man 2

Studio: Marvel; Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Directed by Jon Favreau; Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle and Samuel L. Jackson

May 07, 2010 Web Exclusive
Bookmark and Share


Sparks flyliterallywhen Robert Downey, Jr. and Mickey Rourke share the screen in Iron Man 2. Rourke’s character, the vengeful Russian physicist Ivan Vanko, is on the attack, with deadly electric whips of metal stemming from his arms, when he first confronts Tony Stark (Downey) on a Monaco speedway. With Rourke sustaining a chilling grin, and his bare chest displaying the same illuminated arc reactor that powers Iron Man’s armor, the nightmarish daytime action sequence is director Jon Favreau’s most cinematically realized moment in the film. But those expecting the figurative sparks to fly between Downey and Rourke, two of American film’s more daring actors and intriguing offscreen personalities, will be disappointed. With the exception of a brief cell room chat, the hero and villain engage instead with other new characters throughout the filmStark ogling new assistant Natalie (a heavily made-up Scarlett Johansson) and Vanko sneering at slimy arms manufacturer Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell), who springs Vanko from prison to help him make the Iron Man technology of his chief competitor obsolete.

Iron Man 2 breaks out of the gate strong. Sole screenwriter Justin Theroux’s screenplay pops with snappy dialogue as Stark testifies before a Senate Armed Services Committee. The government wants Stark’s technology, deeming the Iron Man suit a weapon. Stark, entertainingly brash and insubordinate, refers to it as a high-tech prosthesis (the miniature arc reactor in his chest powers an electromagnet that prevents shrapnel from damaging his heart) and boasts that he has “successfully privatized world peace,” a reference to him defeating terrorists in the first film. From there, however, Iron Man 2 falls into some traps that have hindered superhero sequels through the years.

Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) takes a doughnut break in Iron Man 2.

Typically, in the first film of a superhero franchise, the hero goes through an exciting period of discovery where he familiarizes himself with his extra-human powers. In the second film, extraneous conflicts supplant character development and weigh down the plot. The hero goes through a funk of diminished power, the sexual tension between hero and female ally (here, Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts) succumbs to sappiness, and new characters are introduced to set the stage for a longer, more elaborate climax. In this film, the palladium in Stark’s arc reactor is infiltrating his body and raising the toxicity level in his system. Unless he discovers a new element to replace the palladium, he will die. Meanwhile, both Vanko and Hammer are plotting against Stark but with separate agendas (Vanko blames Stark’s father for the downfall of his own father). The thrill of Stark building and testing his suit in the first film is never recaptured in Iron Man 2; instead, we see him alienating himself from Potts and his military friend James Rhodes (Don Cheadle replacing Terrence Howard from the first film), while Vanko and Hammer forge a working agreement through a series of uncomfortable exchanges.

Still, the film retains its humor even when Stark is down and outthe shot of him sulking inside the hole of a giant doughnut sign is a nice touchand eventually rebounds for a wild, high-flying conclusion. Humor is Favreau’s strong suit; he has a keen feel for how it should complement the films’ depictions of technology. With Downey in the colorful lead role, the Iron Man films are fun (the sequel being less consistently fun), and unlike the science of movies set in the future or involving aliens, the technology in the Iron Man films feels only a couple steps ahead. The holographic 3D images that are launched during Stark’s computer research are dazzling, yet they seem within the realm of impending possibility.

Favreau is less reliable as an action director. The aforementioned speedway confrontation between Stark and Vanko is followed up with visual clichésthere are two instances where a character walks toward the camera as something explodes in the background. Favreau also is too infatuated with television imagery. And there’s a scene late in the filmwhere New York highway traffic is shown to be moving along briskly after a night of mass destructionthat could have used more of his attention. Amid all the names with post-production credits, no one could identify such an easily correctible implausibility? No matter. It’s only a minor shortcoming, one of many that are eclipsed by the star power of Downey, Rourke, Paltrow, Cheadle, Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, and the enduring feeling of good will built by the first film.

As with Iron Man, you’ll want to remain for the conclusion of the end credits. (www.ironmanmovie.marvel.com)

Author rating: 6/10

Rate this movie
Average reader rating: 0/10



Comments

Submit your comment

Name Required

Email Required, will not be published

URL

Remember my personal information
Notify me of follow-up comments?

Please enter the word you see in the image below:

Lily Moayeri
May 8th 2010
5:50pm

very well-written, you captured the experience very accurately.

loans
August 13th 2011
8:58pm

All people deserve wealthy life time and personal loans or just bank loan would make it much better. Because people’s freedom depends on money state.

UnderwoodJanice
August 27th 2011
9:12am

Some time ago, I did need to buy a car for my organization but I did not have enough money and could not purchase something. Thank heaven my brother adviced to get the loans from creditors. So, I acted that and used to be happy with my consolidation loan.

credit loans
May 19th 2012
6:32am

Different people in every country take the business loans from different creditors, because that is comfortable and fast.

CALLIE25Terry
December 26th 2012
2:45pm

But if you wish to save your time and go about your own business, you could obtain assistance in marketing essays writing from essay paper writing service, so don’t hesitate and visit their website.

DeliaVASQUEZ
December 26th 2012
9:41pm

Expert custom essay writing service is guaranteed, whenever you go over here and order perfect custom college essays from the recommended organisation.

SANTANAJosefina
December 29th 2012
2:45pm

Lately, sophomores are very busy to produce papers, they may follow this link, and buy research papers. Reffering to this superior paper writing company students will obtain custom essays writing assistance.

KarinaMercado34
December 30th 2012
2:06am

Get Abortion Essay, don’t waste your time and do other important things while fully qualified writers will cope with your essay writing task.

TylerJulie21
December 31st 2012
1:00am

This is well known that money makes us free. But what to do when someone has no cash? The only one way is to get the business loans or just financial loan.

college term paper
January 1st 2013
7:04am

Check here in order to buy a research paper online and lighten your studies by coming for support to our best organization to get professional research paper services.

BarronCourtney
January 1st 2013
9:21am

My advise to you is that I will commonly strive to furnish matter that provides transcendent value & benefit to you all the time you come to this page. Everytime you go here I want you to feel that it’s time well spent. . I find it very beneficial especially when you need paper writing.

DicksonGail31
January 10th 2013
6:32pm

You should opt for this agency whenever you are in want to get uk writing service. Look here and take a break.

JessieMcintyre
January 12th 2013
1:47pm

Looking for superb service? This respectful firm has a lot of experience in writing industry, so it will render you excellent quality Compare and Contrast Essay.

Terrarium tv updated apk
September 27th 2017
5:37am

Excellent review admin. I totally agree with your review. I watched this iron man 2 movie on terrarium tv app. if you want this app then click on this official website https://terrarium-tv.me/.

ankit
February 23rd 2018
11:10pm

This is the popular online card game which played by lots of people daily here play online spider solitaire and tricks also mention of playing step by step you have to only follow them. Thanks a lot