The film “Iron Man 2” is not nearly as good as the first movie for many different reasons. With the combination of an unclear backstory for the antagonist and a mediocre plot and dialogue this movie took a big hit on its final rating compared to its prior installment.

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is taking heat from the U.S. government for holding onto his suit and not donating it to them for military use. He fends them off by explaining to them that no one will perfect the suit for a decade or two. Shortly after this meeting in court Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) shows up to a formula one race wearing a contraption fueled by arc reactor energy with two powered whips and engages in a duel with Stark, where Stark able to outsmart him and leads to Vanko’s arrest. This then brings the heat back on Stark to turnover the suit, meanwhile his blood is becoming more and more toxic every day from the palladium powered magnet in his chest. With a little advice from his new assistant, Natalie Rushman (Scarlett Johansson) later known as Agent Romanoff of S.H.I.E.L.D., Stark begins to not care anymore and takes out frustration on his loved ones, which upsets Colonel James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) and causes him to take the all silver War Machine suit from Stark’s lab. Meanwhile, Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) has released Vanko from prison and has tasked him with making a suit that is more advanced than Starks. Hammers plans are to show these off at Stark Expo and becoming the next big weapon creator, but Vanko has other plans and takes control of the droids he made for Hammer which leads to a battle between Vanko and reunited friends Stark and Rhodes.

The acting in this film was pretty good and the casting department did a great job. There was change in who played Colonel Rhodes with Don Cheadle taking over the role and he was magnificent in taking on the character. Sam Rockwell and Mickey Rourke were two new members of the cast for this sequel and they were both stellar in their antagonist roles for this film. The only change that would make sense when it comes to the cast is Senator Stern, who is portrayed by Garry Shandling, who was just not right for this role as a government official.

Overall this movie was mediocre. The special effects remained phenomenal, but below average dialogue mixed with a plot that I could not get on board with led to an alright film. The greatest scene in this film does not even include Iron Man himself, but Agent Romanoff. When attempting to get to Vanko, she has to go through many security guards, which she does so single handedly in a hard-core action shot. There are many things that could be changed that might make this a better all-around film, but of course it is always difficult to make a sequel that is just as good as the first one.

If you are a fan of superhero films then you should still give this a watch, but for fans of action or movies in general this film might not entertain as much. Of course, if you are a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) then this film, as well as all other MCU films are a must.

FINAL RATING: 76/100

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