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"Iron Man 2" Review of Film

Updated on December 17, 2021
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Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.

Iron Man returns in Iron Man 2, bringing change around every corner, first of which is Pepper being made CEO of Stark Industries. Tony Stark aka Iron Man has become reckless because of the chest arc's paladium core poisoning his blood. To make matters worse, the US government wants Tony's Iron Man suits, believing they are dangerous weapons. To top it all off, a Russian by the name of Ivan Vanko believes Tony to be a thief. Ivan's father Anton worked with Tony's father Howard in creating arc reactor technology, so by Tony creating the small arc to power the Iron Man suit, Ivan believes Tony is taking all the credit, when in reality Tony had no clue the Vanko family even existed.

Iron Man 2 seems to have lost the magic that the first one had. It's mostly Tony and Pepper's constant arguing (loudly, I might add) that really dulls what's supposed to be comedic relief. Sam Rockwell, however, talks way too much in an attempt to also be comedic which takes a toll on the film as well. The movie itself was fine but there were several elements I would have changed in order to improve it.

The acting was good and the new additions to the cast help brighten the dullness. The first is Don Cheadle, replacing Terrence Howard, as Rhodey aka War Machine. Don brought more life and attitude to Rhodey, which I believe improved the character. Next up is Scarlett Johansson, playing undercover agent Natasha Romanov aka Black Widow. The only thing I find supremely odd about Johansson's character is the fact that she is a Russian assassin, yet doesn't have a Russian accent. That's quite discreditable. It doesn't hurt the movie as a whole but it is an issue with the character that might have been resolved with a different casting choice. However, Scarlett performed well with her action scenes and stunts so I'd say it evened out in the long run. And finally, we have Mickey Rourke as the villain, playing Ivan Vanko aka Whiplash. Mickey is a good villain and continues to prove as much in his small but important role as the man trying to take down the Invincible Iron Man.

In conclusion, I can say I was disappointed slightly that the sequel didn't live up to the first, but I was happy with the overall finished film. As I said before, there's several things I would change, but it is what it is. Let's hope the next time we see Tony Stark that it'll be much better than Iron Man 2.

© 2016 Nathan Jasper


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