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Iron Man 2 (2010) movie review by Kate

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Rating: PG-13  for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some language.

Genre: Action/Adventure

Plot: Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the highly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster film based on the legendary Marvel Super Hero “Iron Man,” reuniting director Jon Favreau and… Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the highly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster film based on the legendary Marvel Super Hero “Iron Man,” reuniting director Jon Favreau and Oscar® nominee Robert Downey Jr. In “Iron Man 2,” the world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is the armored Super Hero Iron Man. Under pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military, Tony is unwilling to divulge the secrets behind the Iron Man armor because he fears the information will slip into the wrong hands. With Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle) at his side, Tony forges new alliances and confronts powerful new forces.

Starring: Robert Downey Jr. , Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson

Director: Jon Favreau

Running time: 2:04

Kate says – 3 stars “The big blockbuster sequel we’ve been waiting for is finally here. And you’ll be happy to know that  it’s actually very good. Better than the previews make it look. We get more of the irresistible Robert Downey  as the witty, unpredictable, and arrogant Tony Shark. We also get a great over the top hardened villain in Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko, a.k.a. Whiplash. Add in a  sexy Scarlett Johansson kicking some butt as Black Widow. There’s also plenty of big loud CGI action and  fighting bang for your buck. (I felt like the fight scenes were a tad too long and  were my least favorite part of the movie, but the others screening Iron Man 2 with me didn’t seem to mind a bit.) The dialogue is sharp and full of the smart, clever, snarky one-liners that sets this movie apart from the typical action/super hero flick. There’s a little something for everyone. I think you’re gonna like this one.”

Ebert says – 3 stars “Iron Man 2″ is a polished, high-ozone sequel, not as good as the original but building once again on a quirky performance by Robert Downey Jr. The superhero genre doesn’t necessarily require good acting, but when it’s there (as in “Iron Man” and “The Dark Knight”), that takes it up a level…You want a sequel, you got a sequel. “Iron Man 2,” directed like the first one by Jon Favreau, gets the job done. Since both movies have essentially the same story arc, there aren’t a lot of surprises, however, which started me to wondering how the guys survive inside those suits. Sure, the suits are armored, but their bodies aren’t. How many dizzying falls and brutal blows and sneaky explosions can you survive without breaking every bone in your body? Just asking’. At the end of a long day, those suits should be filled with bloody pulp.” (read full review)

Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) says – 2 1/2 stars The first “Iron Man” celebrated Downey Jr.’s Stark as a sardonic, charismatic winner while questioning, for a while, anyway, the means by which Stark’s family made its billions. The new film is far more in love with its hardware…What saves it is Favreau’s work with the cast. He’s still no great shakes as a shaper of action sequences, but at least he and Theroux realize there’s more to a zillion-dollar franchise item than setting up the next destruction showcase. It helps that nearly every performer on screen has a verifiable, useful sense of humor. Downey Jr. and Rourke never quite emerge as epic contenders in a death match, but they’re terrific faces to watch in any circumstance.” (read full review)

Pete Hammond (Box Office Magazine) says – 3 1/2 stars (of 5) “As he was the first time around, Downey Jr. is the man! Taking on the mantle of a comic book hero after age 40 is unusual but Downey makes it palatable. Gwyneth Paltrow returns nicely as the ever-faithful Pepper, who is now running the company and trying to keep Tony out of trouble. Cheadle ably replaces Terrence Howard as Rhodey and gets his own “Iron Man” moment, while Slattery has a key flashback cameo as the elder Stark. As one of the new villains, Johansson oozes sex appeal and shows she has a natural flair for martial arts. Meanwhile the tattooed and imposing Rourke is a hoot with thick Russian accent and a penchant for pet birds. Best of all is Rockwell who plays the low-rent rival of Stark to the hilt, particularly in the opening Senate hearing where he tries to unsuccessfully squash his arrogant competitor. Fans of the first will not be bored. This Iron Man may not be the Godfather II of comic book movie sequels critics hope for but it is a complete blast anyway.” (read full review)

Kirk Honeycutt (The Hollywood Reporter) says – 2 stars “Well, that didn’t take long. Everything fun and terrific about “Iron Man,” a mere two years ago, has vanished with its sequel. In its place, “Iron Man 2″ has substituted noise, confusion, multiple villains, irrelevant stunts and misguided story lines. A film series that started out with critical and commercial success will have to settle for only the latter with this sequel; Robert Downey Jr.’s return as Tony Stark/Iron Man will assure that.” (read full review)

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