Iron Man II
Billionaire Tony Stark must contend with deadly issues involving the government, his own friends, as well as new enemies due to his superhero alter ego Iron Man.
Ironman II has got Robert Downey Jr. back in the suit. Don Cheadle replaces Terrence Howard as his army buddy. We still have Gwenyth Paltrow as Pepper, his assistant. We’ve now added Scarlett Johansson as his assistant, who turns out to be a bad guy, what a surprise. We have Samuel L. Jackson — look, the good news about this is it’s still got Robert Downey Jr. in it and the good news about it is it’s still Ironman and vaguely comic book. The bad news is it’s a sequel. The first movie I thought was terrific. It was well directed, it was a fresh character. Robert Downey Jr. is such a good actor. Then he went from being a war lord to a defender of freedom. In this one, he’s gone from being a defender of freedom to a rock star who is a weapon. There are just so many characters in this and there’s so many plot devices and they just keep throwing things at you. The first one was simpler, purer and much fresher and much more fun. However, having said this, this one will keep your interest. The special effects, I think, were cut rate, to be quite honest. Maybe because they had so many people in it. It still has sort of a light touch. This one is two hours and 20 minutes, could have been shorter. The first one I thought was really phenomenal. I thought this one was a fun movie, three stars.