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7th May 2010

Summary:

Robert Downey Jr returns in the armour-plated superhero sequel of the year.

The world now knows that billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) is the armoured superhero named Iron Man. Under pressure from the government, the media and the public to share his technology, Stark is unwilling to divulge the secrets behind Iron Man's armour for fear that the information will fall into the wrong hands. With Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and James 'Rhodey' Rhodes (Don Cheadle) at his side, Starks forges new alliances and confronts powerful new forces including armoured titan Whiplash (Mickey Rourke) and seductive adventurer The Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).

After the blockbuster success of the first Iron Man movie, director Jon Favreau returns with the second part of the trilogy. Top-notch support comes from Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson and Sam Rockwell - and diehard fans should watch out for a cameo appearance from Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee.

Review:

Jon Favreau knew exactly what he was doing with this movie. This is a sleek, no-holds barred superhero movie, with great performances from Robert Downey Jr. and Mickey Rourke. Let's face it, it was almost impossible to top the first one; nevertheless this a good sequel to one of the best superhero movies ever made.

Scarlett Johansson fulfilled her role as the the sexy and cunning agent Natasha Romanoff, and Gwyneth Paltrow is fine as Pepper Potts. Sam Rockwell plays Tony Stark's competitor, and does a pretty good job at it.

The only problem I have with this movie is that too many things have been fitted into 124 minutes. I understand that the movie was meant to be a roller-coaster ride, intended to thrill, but a little more character development would certainly have helped the movie. For example Samuel L. Jackson ans Johansson's characters are underused. Also, the ending was a little disoriented and predictable; something just didn't feel right about it.

All in all, Jon Favreau has made a movie that would please the fanboys and satisfy the critics. This is a movie that entertains, while still complementing the first movie, and setting up a third movie. If you liked the first movie, just go ahead and watch this movie - you won't see a masterpiece, but you'll have a fun day at the movies.

P.S.- Watch out for the after credits scene