Iron Man 2 is another testosterone filled movie where men tried to outdo each other, just because they think that they are better and stronger, and just for the pleasure of outdoing each other. It isn’t even over a girl which is normally is when this sort of stuff goes down, as that’s something to fight over isn’t it?
Iron Man 2 is a revenge based film as the son of a scientist who worked with Tony Stark’s father builds his own version of the Iron Man suit and wreaks havoc all in the name of vengeance against Stark for what he believed that they did to his father and by proxy to him.
Mickey Rourke plays this character who like Tony Stark is a technology genius even if doesn’t really look like one and is more than a match for Tony and does a decent job of kicking his arse, well to a point anyway and is probably just as much a genius as Tony, but is a lot more bat shit crazy.
Tony also had to spend quite a bit of time in this film trying to replace the batteries that kept him from dying as a result of the shrapnel in his chest as the ones from the previous film were slowly killing him which is another very ironic thing that happens to Tony Stark in these films. Of course, as he is a genius, he manages to work it out and also sort out the Daddy issues that he had in the first film.
Here we actually get to see Howard Stark and at first he does seem to be the person that Tony was castigating for much of the first film, but also shows a more human side to his character and actually shows Tony that he his father did actually care about him, just in his own, rather unorthodox way, and helps him in more way that he could possibly have imagined.
Pepper has a lot more to do in this film what with being handed the CEO role at Stark Industries from Tony, which is pretty much what she did before just now in name as well as deed which did seem a bit of a silly thing for Tony to do even if she was more than capable of doing it probably with her eyes closed.
Gwyneth Paltrow got a better and bigger role in this film which counterbalanced her smaller role in the first movie but despite that she still ended up being the damsel in distress, just this time a damsel in distress with a lot of responsibility, but who still needed rescuing.
Pepper then got Tony a new personal assistant in the shapely shape of Natalie Rushman, who turned out to be a lot more than just a personal assistant, but not in the way that you are thinking.
Scarlett Johannsen played Natalie and was, for some of the movie, being the perfectly capable and hyper efficient personal assistant ala Pepper in the first film, and part of the movie being a kickarse super heroine, in a tight leather costume, who kicks arse for fun.
It was amusing when Stark invited her into a boxing ring and then she proceeded to virtually knock out Happy with her moves and also, later on in the film, when she changed into her costume from her normal clothes as Natalie, in the back of Tony’s car, as brazen as you like.
Quite how Happy managed to carry on driving whilst she was undressing in the back seat in anyone’s guess as I would defy anyone not to take a sneaky peak under the same circumstances and that scene certainly got watched again and again and again.
There were plenty of exciting action based scenes in this movie and some more character based scenes which co-exist rather well in this film but which were dwarfed by the actions scenes which are the best things about this film such as the scene at Monaco where Mickey Rourke’s character lets rip against Stark and manages to cause a major kerfuffle at the grand-prix meet,, or the fight sequence between Natalie and lots of SHIELD guards which is done is nice looking slow-mo, to name but a few.
After the talk of people wanting to weaponize the process which turns Banner into the Hulk in the previous movie that is very prevalent in this movie with the military spending the entire film trying to get Tony to hand over his designs for Iron Man so that they can have their own army of Iron Men to fight all of the bad guys with. When Tony doesn’t play they go to another arms manufacturer who doesn’t have Tony’s qualms about selling out.
This is a very enjoyable film which is actually a bit better than the first Iron Man film and that is mainly because of Scarlett Johannsen, who was sorely missed in the first film. It is far better when she is present, especially in that costume.