Iron Man 2 is the newest movie by Jon Favreau, starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and the voice of Paul Bettany.
Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is pretty much drunk on power since announcing to the world that he was Iron Man. Well, mostly drunk on alcohol, but also on power. Which means he makes even more of an ass of himself than usual. Sometimes to good, but mostly to catastrophic effect. That’s the moment Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) chooses to leave Russia and avenge his father, who was deported because of Tony’s father, by humiliating and ultimately destroying Tony.
The plot, it is weak in this one. But apart from that, Iron Man 2 is as much fun as Iron Man was. Which is to say – a whole damn lot. Again it’s the cast that shines, especially the villains and Robert Downey Jr. If you liked the first one for what it was, you’re going to like this one as well.
I have to admit that I think they overdid it a little bit with Tony’s assholery. In the end, I didn’t even want him to make up with Pepper anymore. There was a pretty big part of me that wanted to see her kick his ass. Because he’s an idiot. But then again, his an adorable, sexy idiot…
But apart from the whole Pepper-thing, he caused about 90% of the film’s problems. Seriously, if he wasn’t Iron Man, most of the very bad things that happened in this film would have never happened. Not the best incentive to like a guy.
But then again you had to ignore most of the plot anyway, so why not that part. Seriously, the new was-it-element-or-molecule?-I-forgot was completely ridiculous and the whole poison thing in general was unnecessary.
Better to just immerse oneself in the amazing performances. Robert Downey Jr. was great, of course, but Mickey Rourke, too, was completely awesome (and he has a kick-ass Russian accent). And Sam Rockwell… sigh. Isn’t it enough that this guy can act like woah, no, he can also dance? [I mean, I actually knew that but it just hit me again.]* Scarlett Johansson was fine. I still don’t think that she’s a great actress, but she definitely had the best action scenes in the film.
*If I ever shoot my own music video, it will be a remake of Weapon of Choice, only instead of Christopher Walken, it will be Sam Rockwell.
Summarising, ignore the plot, buckle up and enjoy the ride.
Actual conversation I had with deadra during the movie:
Dying guy on screen: Iiiiivaaan.
Me: Of course his name is Ivan. All Russians are called Ivan.
deadra: Except for the two or three that are called Boris.
About 20 minutes later in the movie, Ivan opens a fake passport. His fake name: Boris.