Friday, May 7, 2010

IRON MAN 2

R0bert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sam Rockwell,
Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson
Don Cheadle, Jon Favreau


Cinema 2, SM Megamall



Let me just say that it is quite refreshing that a superhero's alter ego is no longer a secret. So there isn't a need for a misleading disguise and acting dumb and silly as a person when deep inside there is a superhero lurking and just bursting to be released!

In the first installment, Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr) proudly reveals to the whole world that he is indeed Iron Man. In the sequel, Tony Stark has turned into an arrogant narcissist who likes everything on a grandiose scale. He parties like there is no tomorrow. He even signs off his thriving empire to his loyal secretary Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and makes her CEO of the conglomerate. That alone is easy to follow.

Then unfortunately, the scriptwriters overcompensate and throw in several side plots involving business rivals, covert secret agents, villains, the proliferation of weapons and very loud ruckus of steel banging against steel action. That 124 minutes later, your head is still spinning like a top as you try to make sense of the murky plot. But are equally awed by the amazing visual effects and computer generated images that are highlighted on a massive scale.

Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko complete with a Russian accent makes a very credible villain. It is good to see him cast in a supporting yet very meaty role. He never fails to deliver. The same goes for Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer. He played his role as a tenacious rival weapons manufacturer with much aplomb.

While the film was still in production, I got upset that they suddenly replaced Terrence Howard with Don Cheadle without any just cause. It would have been much better if Terrence Howard was still in the cast. But I guess I am being biased as he is pure eye candy material. Although I have nothing against Don Cheadle (he is a good actor in every sense) but he just seemed totally miscast. It is also unfortunate that the script doesn’t give equal opportunity for Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johansson’s characters to show more complexity and dimension.

But despite all these misgivings about plot loopholes, too many side plots and lack of in depth character development, one thing is quite certain - Robert Downey, Jr's eloquent wit and great charisma as Tony Stark makes Iron Man 2 all worth while!

Oh and hopefully some of you were patient enough to wait till the end credits rolled by to catch a very vague and brief preview of Iron Man 3!

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