"This lone gunslinger act is unnecessary... you don't have to do this alone!"Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr. suits up again in Iron Man 2, as Tony Stark, the engineer turned superhero who's facing a turning point in his life which forces him to decide his own humanity in the midst of becoming obsolete in an increasingly dangerous world. Amid changing times and growing technology, competition threatens to end Stark's superhero reign as duplicates of the iron man sprout up like wildflower in other areas of the world. Competition also in the form of new character Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), who emerges as the revenge-hungry villain seeking to annihilate the Stark enterprise for all its worth. We're introduced to Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), the red-hot triple agent who comes to Stark's side when he needs her the most. And of course Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lt. Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes / War Machine (Don Cheadle) reprise their roles as a superagent and Stark's closest confidante/sidekick, respectively. Gwyneth Paltrow returns as Stark's right hand woman, Pepper Potts.
Packed with tons of action scenes, this Iron Man seems more like a tag team against all evil as Iron Man realizes that he can't always go it alone. Rourke is deliciously sinister as Vanko and Johansson sets the screen on fire with her performance (though it seems her sex appeal overpowers her performance here). The entire cast was fairly solid. Though it skyrocketed to the number one slot at the box office this weekend making a whopping $133,600,000 (the second best opening of all time), I don't think the story was nearly as strong as that of The Dark Knight, but it sure was entertaining and surprisingly funny (thanks mostly to Robert Downey Jr's spot-on performance as the almighty arrogant superhero), and sets up The Avengers quite nicely. All in all it was just good fun at the theater.
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Reel Talk rating: B+