With the world now aware of his dual life as the armored superhero Iron Man, billionaire inventor Tony Stark faces pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military. Unwilling to let go of his invention, Stark, with Pepper Potts and James 'Rhodey' Rhodes at his side, must forge new alliances – and confront powerful enemies.
As sequels go, this one is acceptable, nothing more, nothing less.
Everything fun and terrific about Iron Man, a mere two years ago, has vanished with its sequel. In its place, Iron Man 2 has substituted noise, confusion, multiple villains, irrelevant stunts and misguided story lines.
Iron Man 2 isn t as much fun as its predecessor, but by the time the smoke clears, it ll do.
Iron Man 2 is a lot of fun: it s shiny, likeable and never boring. But it s also wildly uneven and unnecessarily convoluted, leaving the viewer unsatisfied and hungry for something more substantial.
It doesn t come close to the emotional heft of those two rare 2s that outclassed their ones: Superman 2 and Spider-Man 2. But Iron Man 2 hums along quite nicely.
To find a comic-book hero who doesn t agonize over his supergifts, and would defend his constitutional right to get a kick out of them, is frankly a relief.
It s the promiscuously talented Downey who adds the grace notes that make Iron Man 2 something to remember.
Has it finally happened? Hard as it is to type, Robert Downey Jr. may have reached obnoxiousness.
If the morality, the pathos of death, the tenderness of the would-be romance between Tony Stark/Iron Man and his assistant, Pepper Potts, are missing, Iron Man 2 is still a fun ride.
Iron Man 2 is a polished, high-ozone sequel, not as good as the original but building once again on a quirky performance by Robert Downey Jr.