Spiderman, Batman, IRONman
Director: Jon Favreau
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Palthrow
Running Time: 124 mins
Iron Man 2 picks up where the first instalment of the film adaptation of the popular comic left off- the whole world now knows that Tony Stark is the man ‘inside’ the Iron Man. Stark is now one of, if not the most, powerful men in America. However, what goes up must come down. His health becomes jeopardized and a new rival named Ivan Vanko rises. Vanko is played by Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler, 2008). ‘Rhodey’, who was initially played by Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow, 2005), is now played by Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda, 2004). Sam Rockwell (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, 2002) is also part of the cast as Justin Hammer. The female cast includes Gywneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love, 1998) reprising her role as Pepper Pots and Scarlett Johansson (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, 2008) as Natalie Rushman. Samuel L. Jackson (Shaft) also appears as Nick Fury, alluring to the arrival of The Avengers movie, set to release in 2012. Comic addicts are definitely in for a good couple of upcoming years, where many favourite comics are soon to be adapted film.
The film features more or less the same cinematographic tricks expected, with explosions, car crashes, drones, lasers, torpedoes, heavy weaponry and whips. Stark certainly develops more as a character, what with his seldom-loving father and all. Rourke, known for being a very capable actor, does not disappoint as Vanko and in my opinion, even manages to steal the show in that respect from Downey, despite having less screen time. He comes off as very cool and nonchalant, consequently having a chilling effect since we don’t know what exactly is going on in his mind. We do know that it must be something sinister. Not to mention, he does an upstanding job with that Russian accent. One may also notice when they show an early photograph of Vanko that they used a pre-plastic surgery shot of Rourke…or perhaps it was photoshop. Either way, he was a handsome guy and in a way, his plastic surgery shows that he definitely doesn’t need looks to cement his place on the A-list.
The Long and Short: The plot was alright, nothing particularly outstanding and with an all-star versatile cast as this, the acting is not mediocre (but is still wasted).
My Recommendation: If you are a fan of Iron Man, of course you have to see this. Whether you prefer the first or second is entirely up to you but I think I’ll hold out until the third before I make a decision.
Favourite Scene: N/A