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Iron Man 2
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Synopsis: Robert Downey Jr. returns as billionaire Tony Stark in this thrilling sequel to the worldwide blockbuster. Now that his superhero secret has been revealed, Tony's life is more intense than ever. Everyone wants in on the Iron Man technology, whether for power or profit...but for Ivan Vanko ("Whiplash"), it's revenge! Tony must once again suit up and face his most dangerous enemy yet, but not without a few new allies of his own. Co-starring Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson, Iron Man 2 is a "total blast!" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) Bonus Features: * Commentary: Commentary by Director Jon Favreau
After the high-flying adventures of the first Iron Man picture, the billionaire arms manufacturer and irrepressible bon vivant Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) finds himself nursing a hangover. But not like any hangover he's had before: this one is toxic, a potentially deadly condition resulting from heavy metals (or something) bleeding out of the hardware he's installed in the middle of his chest. This is the problem Stark needs to solve in Iron Man 2, not to mention the threat from resentful Russian science whiz Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), whose father helped create the Iron Man technology. There's an even bigger problem for the film: the need to set up a future Marvel Comics movie universe in which a variety of veteran characters will join forces, a requirement that slows down whatever through-line the movie can generate (although fanboys will have a good time digging the clues laid out here). Actually, the main plot is no great shakes: another Iron Man suit is deployed (Don Cheadle, replacing Terrence Howard from the first film, gets to climb inside), Stark continues to bicker with assistant Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and a weaselly business rival (Sam Rockwell) tries to out-do the Iron Man suit with an army of Vanko-designed drones. Mickey Rourke is a letdown, burdened by a wobbly Russian accent and looking skeptical about the genre foolishness around him, and Scarlett Johansson has to wait until the final couple of reels to unleash some butt-kickin' skills as the future Black Widow. That climax is sufficiently lively, and the initial half-hour, including Stark's smirky appearance before a Senate committee and a wacky showdown at the Monaco Grand Prix, provides a strong, swift opening. But the lull between these high points is crying for more action and more Downey improv. --Robert Horton
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It seems that the arc reactor that Howard Stark mad was acutually cocreated with another man. This explains why that man's son make another minature (but less powerful) arc reactor to power his own suit and take revenge on Tony. After he gets arrested, Tony's competitor frees him from jail in order to help get back at him together.
There is also a side plot where the reactor Stark is using is slowly poisoning him.
Watching Stark go through his slef destructive phase is kind of interesting, and to be honest, the best part of the film. This is because of how it effects his relationship with Roady and Pepper. Unfortunately the main plot is not as ineresting since it is just an average revenge story with a sub par villain.
The acting is also misevenly distibrituted, with Downey doing a fantastic job as usual, but the villain does a bad job who does not give his character and depth at all.
Still, this is a must have for any home video library. It is just not up to the standard of other Marvel movies.
Given the shortcomings of the story, Downey's performance is forced to carry a lot more of the weight this time around, but it's up to the challenge. The bigger and better effects and action sequences also help and Marvel fans get plenty of nods to the wider universe to enjoy. It's all enough to make me forgive, but not ignore, the film's problems.
The feature length 'making of' is good but (as with most things) not as good as the one for the first movie. There's also very little here for those looking to learn more about the comics, which is a disappointment. Still, the set is jam-packed with extras and looks at the stunt work and digital/practical effects integration are a highlight. There's also a commentary by Favreau and a rather useless "SHIELD data vault" full of tidbits for the uber-fans.
As expected, the transfer on 'Iron Man 2' is first rate. This is the perfect shiny showcase for your home theatre. The first film's attention to detail is in full force here and it definitely makes the blu-ray purchase worthwhile.
The film suffers in comparison to its predecessor, but that doesn't change the fact that it's still a good movie. Those looking to have another fun adventure with Iron Man will find it well worth their time.
Robert Downey Jr. still delivers a worthy performance, the special effects are great, and even though Sam Rockwell plays a caricature, although he feels like he's enjoying himself quite a lot, which helps, but having Nick Fury to force the story to go forward doesn't make for a better storyline or a nice pacing.
At least, the second disc contains loads of great special features, because otherwise this set wouldn't be that interesting (for my tastes).
Thanks so much for getting it here on time ! Will gladly shop again.
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