124 Min. | Action – Adventure – Sci-Fi | April 2010
IMDB Rating: 7.0
Director: Jon Favreau
Staring: Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow
Iron Man 2 Review: A delightful banter heavy super-hero film in which the emphasis of the film is clearly put on the character of the film and less so on the super-heroic exploits and trials that comic-based films generally focus upon. The diminished focus on action pieces might threaten to bog the picture down but the character interactions and their barbed-filled vocal exchanges keep Iron Man 2 moving along at a clean pace until the inevitable CG heavy battle scenes. Not that there is a lack of money spent in terms of CG wizardry on the screen. But instead of merely focusing their efforts on the suit battles, Iron Man 2 is littered with highly detailed sets and the constant use of extremely high-tech holographic touch sensitive technology is all pervasive.
The plot of Iron Man 2, itself treads no particular new ground although it does attempt to through in a great many sub-plots and personal dilemmas for the ample cast of characters to deal with. The problem with most of these dilemmas is that they generate very little serious drama as they are mainly dealt with in either a succinct manner or are treated in a rather glib fashion and things just sort of seem to work themselves out almost accidentally due to the increased amount of events and characters involved basically just diluting the situation to the point that it almost seems an afterthought when it is reconciled. This casual dismissive tone carries over to the antagonists as the film spreads itself out a little too thin to the point that what should have been powerful character conflicts involving the major characters just seem like minor scuffles.
There is also the odd sort of underlying theme of a stereo-typical conservative American approach to the way in which Iron Man 2 idolizes weaponry and pushes the agenda that America possessing the most powerful weapon in the world would undoubtedly result in an increase in world peace. Then there’s also the extra step Iron Man 2 takes that Americans apparently feel more comfortable in having a shallow, fun-loving, but seemingly trust worthy private individual in possession of the most powerful weapon in the world but not their own government. Despite the intensely glib tone of Iron Man 2, found the whole thing very enjoyable. There’s nothing new here to be sure, but the abilities of everyone involved elevate Iron Man 2 as a whole into a very satisfying experience.