in about 100 words or less
USA 124m, Colour
Director: Jon Favreau; Cast: Robert Downey, Jr., Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson
Even with the much-anticipated addition of the whip-wielding Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko, Tony Stark’s chief protagonist, Iron Man 2 lacks the originality, depth and quirkiness of its predecessor. Despite another solid performance by Downey, the story lacked the focus of the original, and introduced unnecessary secondary characters and subplots which were of minor consequence. Despite its shortcomings, Iron Man 2 is an entertaining film with terrific special effects, which thankfully were not filmed in 3D (Klaus Ming May 2010).