Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark and Iron Man in every possible way.  He was the highlight of the original Iron Man and made it the hit it is today and he is the drive that keeps Iron Man 2 going.  Without Robert Downey Jr. Iron Man 2 would just be another failed superhero movie. 

Iron Man 2 is at its best with Robert Downey Jr. is allowed to play Tony Stark to all his crazy narcisstic glory.  The movie drags when we try to squeeze in all the fights we can possibly get.  A strong start, a weak middle, and a strong end make up a very entertaining, but flawed Iron Man 2.  Don Cheadle is not in any way the man for the job he has take over as Rhodes, but he tries and at times delivers.  The change to Don Cheadle does make some difference in the enjoyment I got from Iron Man to Iron Man 2, but not enough to ruin the movie.

Gwyneth Paltrow is entertaining, but underused as Pepper Pots and we get that kiss between Stark and Pepper that everyone wanted, and it actually earned some applause at the showing I went to (some sarcastic, some real). 

Enough bad guys to fill several Iron Man movies, but the stand out definately went to Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko.  When he demands his “boird” there is no way not to enjoy him.  He is man of few words, but a bad ass none the less.  No one plays crazy evil like Mickey Rourke.

No movie suffers from having Samuel L. Jackson in it and having him appear as Nick Fury was a nice balance to Downey’s Tony Stark.  A little contained crazy to Starks extroverted crazy.  Scarlett Johansson’s turn as Natalie Rushman was a little fun, but seemed to hang to far on the edges of the movie, maybe we will see more from her later.

Overall, an excellent experience.  No way is this better than the original, but then movie sequels rarely are.  What this movie is though, is pure summer action movie fun.  And don’t forget to stick around after the credits (they are long) to catch a glimpse of our next Avenger friend.

Sunshine is giving it 4 out of 5 stars—same gooey Iron Man goodness, just missing some flavor.

Elizabeth’s Thoughts…

Okay guys I love RDJ and he really made the movie for me.  Like most reviews have been saying love the beginning, the middle is slow and love the end.  I think we spent too much time on Hammer (not MC).  There were some really good scenes such as:

  • DJ AM at the party spinning California Love!
  • Iron Man/ Tony Stark at his birthday party
  • Glimpse of the Captain America Shield
  • The Chemistry between Pepper and Tony
  • Nicky Fury, Sorry haters
  • Stay after the credits.  I mean the very end of the credits if you want to see a sneak peek for an upcoming Avenger!

Mickey Rourke found his nitch with the Ivan Vanko character and I loved how he was portrayed.  Sunshine, what do you mean about Rhodey?  Don Cheadle didn’t play him in the first film?  Just kidding.  Cheadle seemed a bit awkward in his character but that to me is his acting style.  Sorry dude who played Rhodey in the first film (Terrence Howard).  The more money, the more problems.  I will give it up to the writers for allowing Rhodey to have some good quotes.  This helped Cheadle in his transition to the film franchise.  I wish more films would take a chance on replacing characters! 

I say go and see the movie if you love Iron Man or if you love Robert Downey it is a must see to kick off your summer.  Iron Man 2 gets 4 out of 5 for me!


About Sunshine

I am the co-creator of S and E Pop Culture. I currently live and work in Knoxville, TN. I love all things TV and Movies and love to discuss them with anyone who wants to talk! Check out the blog and let me know what you think.

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