Iron Man 2: Mickey Rourke Needs to Wash his Hair
So here it is, one of the most anticipated films of the year: Iron Man 2. Before I saw the film I noticed that critics were not giving the sequel as much acclaim that they gave to the first Iron Man. Upon seeing the film I do agree that the film is not as good as the first one, but don’t get me wrong, Iron Man 2 is quite good.
When it comes to the plot in this sequel, it’s a pretty basic sequel plot. Tony Stark is having a plethora of issues with the U.S. government because they want him to turn over his weapon, Iron Man. The main man that’s truly after Iron Man is Justin Hammer, played out in a funny and slimy way by Sam Rockwell. Robert Downey Jr. gives another great performance portraying Tony Stark. In this film, Tony Stark’s blood toxicity level is increasing because the element that is keeping himself alive is poisoning his body. So basically he is dying but he doesn’t want anyone to know, not even his close assistant Pepper Potts, played by Gwenyth Paltrow.
While all of this is happening, in Russia, Ivan Vanko, played by Mickey Rourke, is building an Iron Man weapon. He is doing this because he believes that his father, who worked with Tony Stark’s dad, had the idea for the iron man weapon all along but Stark’s father, stole it. Vanko soon finishes his weapon and uses it at a race in Monaco which Tony Stark, on a whim, decides to race in. What ensues is an epic battle between Vanko and Stark. This is not only the best action sequence of the movie, but the best scene in general. It combines action and humor with the humor being Pepper Potts and Stark’s bodyguard, played by the film’s director Jon Favreau, who get caught in the middle of the fight. Upon seeing this, Justin Hammer convinces Vanko to work for him.
This is where I will stop talking about the plot of the film, mainly because I don’t want to give the rest away, but also because this is where the film gets really boring. Despite a great beginning and ending, the film falters due to a long and boring middle. The plot deals way too much with Stark trying to figure out how to stop himself from dying when the film should focus more on Vanko. Rourke is really good as the villain in this movie. He’s funny and evil and his hair is really greasy. Those three things equal the perfect villain. He does have a few good scenes in the movie but I really wanted more of him. That also goes for Rockwell’s character, Justin Hammer. He is also a good villain but we never really see enough of him.
I’m also forgetting some of the other supporting characters. Don Cheadle takes Terrence Howard’s place as Rhodes, the Air Force guy on Stark’s side. Cheadle, to me, gives a better performance as Rhodes than Howard. It’s not a huge character in the first place but Cheadle just did a little more with it than Howard did. Scarlett Johansson is also in the film as Natalie Rushman. She ends up taking Pepper Potts’ place as Stark’s assistant. Potts is now running Stark’s company. I probably should have mentioned that. Johansson’s character doesn’t add all that much to the plot. We just realize her true identity, she has one fight scene, and that’s it. In conclusion, Iron Man 2 is good entertainment and if you haven’t seen it already, you should definitely see it. B+