Year of release: 2010
Director: Jon Favreau
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg, John Slattery, Jon Favreau, Kate Mara, Leslie Bibb, Garry Shandling
Genre: Action, Adventure
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 4
Synopsis:After the huge hit that was "Iron Man", the sequel was inevitable for the Marvel Studios, who have a whole plethora of characters and films planned for release in the next few years. "Iron Man 2" is escalating for the reunion film that will be "The Avengers" (which is mentioned in the film). The film picks up immediately after where the first one left off. Tony Stark has revealed to everyone that he is Iron Man and the threats start looming once again from a variety of different sources. On one hand he has political adversaries who want to seize his armor, he has a Russian physicist (more the likes of a punk rocker) bent on vengeance and a rival arms dealer, all of them trying to control his technology. Thanks to his allies, namely love interest Pepper Pots, his new assistant Natalie, his driver Happy and Nick Fury, Stark manages to navigate through these obstacles and vanquish his foes in the end.
Whereas the first film was an introductory one that showcased the characters and introduced plot lines, Iron Man 2, follows directly to what appears to be a vengeance story. However, there's no solid background to sustain the story and the character's motivations feel underwhelming. Mickey Rourke's character has no depth and falls very short of what Jeff Bridges did in the first film. The only interesting characters to survive this messy screenplay are the underused Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr. who is the sole reason why the film is watchable. He infuses the character with a spark and life that come from his undeniable charisma. A missed opportunity.