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May 11, 2010 > Movie Review: Iron Man 2

Movie Review: Iron Man 2

By Jennifer Gau

Marvel comic books have great storytelling charm. The basic framework starts with a good guy and a bad guy. The bad guy has a really good reason for wanting to hurt the good guy, and luckily, the good guy has a lot of friends that support and admire him. Money, revenge, or both motivate the bad guy and the good guy always wants world peace.

Director Jon Favreau creates a fitting continuation of where the first "Iron Man" left off.

Iron Man 2 starts the moment when billionaire Tony Stark reveals to the world that he is Iron Man. The government argues that Stark Industries needs to relinquish his best invention yet. Stark resists because he does not want to see his inventions fall into the wrong hands... again. Stark still has things to learn about the past.

Robert Downey Jr. is the same smooth and flamboyant Tony Stark character. The dynamics between him and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) brighten the screen; Pepper Potts carries her classy demeanor well throughout the roller coaster ride of being Stark's closest friend. Mickey Rourke is convincing as the troubled villain, Ivan Vanko, avenging his family and wrongdoings in the past. His character, also known as Whiplash, is cool and menacing with white highlights, gold teeth, and tattoos.

Design crews have done an amazing job developing creative costumes that reveal the imagination of Marvel Entertainment. The cast also includes some famous cameos such as Larry King, Stan Lee, and Oracle CEO, Larry Ellison.

Even with a high level of action, there is minimal bloodshed. Not only are the fight scenes well choreographed, but the dialogue consists of inspirational speeches about military weaponry and power moderated by an endless stream of humor.

The charm of Iron Man is that the hero consistently uses his skills and resources for the greater good even faced by seemingly insurmountable odds. Iron Man accepts the challenge bravely. "Iron Man 2" is the equal of "Iron Man." Visual effects enhance futuristic technology and may convince impressionable young minds that Mechanical Engineering and physics are worthwhile vocations.

Runtime: 2 hours 5 minutes
Rated: PG-13

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