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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Movie Review - Iron Man 2

Movie Title
Iron Man 2
Action, Comic Adaptation

With his identity as Iron Man known to the world, TonyStark is pressured by the government to share his technology. Senator Stern (Garry Shandling), demands that Stark release the technology for military application. Stark refuses, claiming that others are years away from successfully recreating the Iron Man Armour technology. In truth, Stark fears the technology would fall into the wrong hands.

Stark is soon proven wrong as Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), son of Tony's inventor father's (Howward Stark) old partner, Anton Vanko, had duplicated the technology and built his own arc reactor suit with whip-like energy weapons as Whiplash. Whiplash soon appears at the Circuit de Monaco and attacks Stark. This is because Ivan blames the Starks for his family's downfall and seeks revenge. Stark's Rival weapons manufacturer, Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) breaks Vanko out of prison to offer him a chance to destroy Stark as partners.

Meanwhile, Stark is slowly being poisoned by his arc reactor's palladium core and all attempts to find a solution and cure have failed. During what he thought was going to be his final birthday party, wearing the Iron Man armour,Stark was getting out of hand and Lt Colonel James "Rhodey" Rhodes (Don Cheadle) was forced to put on an older version of the armour to put Starkin his place. Rhodes eventually surrendered his armour to his military bosses who then let Justin Hammer "develop"it into a War Machine for the military. However, Stark soon finds an ally in Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) of SHIELD, who had planted an agent (the Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson) within Stark Industries to keep an eye on Stark. Fury had given Stark key info that alloed him to develop his own solution & cure. Thus, the Iron Man Mark IV armour with a triangle instead of a round chest cavity.

However, not all is well again as Justin Hammer now had dozens of War Drones based on the Iron Man armour handed to him by Rhodey, modified and remote controlled by Whiplash. War Machine is also contrlled by Whiplash. Hence, while Iron Man provides the frontline distraction, Black Widow goes to the back office to free Rhodey from Whiplash's control. Needless to say, both the Iron Men are free to destroy Hammer's War Drones. They even defeat Whiplash.

In the final scene, we see Stark declare his affections, albeit reluctantly, for Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow).

For those who have NOT watched the movie yet, OR those who intend to watch it again, do stay until AFTER the creditshave finished for another teaser - SHIELD discovers the hammer of Thor in New Mexico!

Robert Downey Jr is Robert Downey Jr regardless of the role he plays - be it Sherlock Holmes or Tony Stark - cocky, insufferable but charming, vulnerable and endering nonetheless (which is why the ladies looove him).
Sam Rockwell is just as enjoyable on screen thus rivalling Downey Jr in grabbing the viewers' attention as a quirky and slightly off-kilter "villain". Much better than how Max was protrayed in the Losers.
Johansson, on the other hand, had a light as fluff role as the Black Widow but offers no less equally fan pleasing screen time for the boys!
Rourke was of course enjoying his role so much it was bordering a scary performance. That's method acting. Apparently he actually put himself into a Russian prison in his research to play the role of Ivan Vanko! Talk about dedication!

Director Jon Favreau also seemed to be having a ball playing Happy Hogan!

Comic fans would really enjoy this one as there are lots of drool inducing easter eggs scattered throughout the movie - eg:
- the appearance of Captan America's Shield in Tony's lab as he was developing the Mark IV armour
- when Tony was read the assessment for his eligibilty for the Avengers Initiative, there was a map of the world in the background indicating the various possible Avengers members (ie: in the Atlantic Ocean - Namor, in Africa - Black Panther, Northern Europe - Thor, etc)
- the appearance of Olivia Munn - a favorite hottie among comic fanboys
- the cameo from Stan "the Man" Lee, mistaken by Stark as Larry King

It's a really fun flick with enough good stuff thrown in that even non-fans would find themselves enjoying it.


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