HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Tales from the Hood
Radio Parade of 1935
Dead
Death at Broadcasting House
Huracan
Ghost Strata
Call to Spy, A
Tailgate
Other Lamb, The
Every Time I Die
Lynn + Lucy
Topsy-Turvy
Honest Thief
Blood and Money
Rose: A Love Story
Antrum: The Deadliest Film Ever Made
Om Dar-B-Dar
Silencing, The
J.R. 'Bob' Dobbs and the Church of SubGenius
Dick Johnson is Dead
Two/One
Cognition
Legacy of Lies
I Am Woman
Alien Addiction
Dare, The
South Terminal
Little Monsters
Yield to the Night
My Zoe
Young Playthings
End of Summer
Times of Harvey Milk, The
Buddies
Threshold
Perfectly Normal Family, A
Ravage
Honeymoon Phase, The
One Summer
Bird Island
   
 
Newest Articles
Down to the Welles: Orson Welles Great Mysteries Volume 2 on DVD
Herding Cats: Sleepwalkers on Blu-ray
Confessions of a Porn Star: Adult Material on DVD
They're Still Not Sure It is a Baby: Eraserhead on Blu-ray
Werewolves are Real: Dog Soldiers on Digital
Rose: A Love Story - Producers April Kelley and Sara Huxley Interview
Phone Phreak: 976-EVIL on Blu-ray
Living the Nightmare: Dementia on Blu-ray
Becky and The Devil to Pay: Ruckus and Lane Skye Interview
Big Top Bloodbath: Circus of Horrors on Blu-ray
A Knock on the Door at 4 O'clock in the Morning: The Strangers on Blu-ray
Wives of the Skies: Honey Lauren Interview
To Catch a Thief: After the Fox on Blu-ray
Tackling the Football Film: The Arsenal Stadium Mystery on Blu-ray
Film Noir's Golden Couple: This Gun for Hire on Blu-ray
The Doctor Who Connection: Invasion on Blu-ray
Hill's Angles: Benny Hill and Who Done It? on Blu-ray
Big Willie Style: Keep It Up Downstairs on Blu-ray
Walt's Vault: 5 Cult Movies on Disney+
Paradise Lost: Walkabout on Blu-ray
Buster Makes Us Feel Good: Buster Keaton - 3 Films (Volume 3) on Blu-ray
Network On Air: Nights In with ABC 3 - Don't Go Away - I Could Do with a Bit of Cheer Now!
What Use is Grief to a Horse? Equus on Blu-ray
For God's Sake Strap Yourselves Down: Flash Gordon on 4K UHD Collector's Edition
Party Hard: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure on Blu-ray
   
 
  Iron Man 2 Robot Rock
Year: 2010
Director: Jon Favreau
Stars: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg, John Slattery, Garry Shandling, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara, Leslie Bibb, Jon Favreau, Philippe Bergeron, Stan Lee
Genre: Action, Science FictionBuy from Amazon
Rating:  7 (from 2 votes)
Review: In the United States, the buzz about a new superhero called Iron Man has reached fever pitch, and the strong rumours surrounding billionaire businessman and design genius Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) have become too much for him to deny. It is for that reason that he arranges a press conference to admit that he is indeed Iron Man, and the news goes wild with this, even reaching Russia where one scientist is less than impressed. He is Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), who is living in poverty and blaming the Stark family for his situation - but what if he could use his skills for revenge?

Of all the Marvel superhero movies of the new millennium, Iron Man was one of the most popular thanks to its high-spirited action, keen sense of humour, and plentiful effects making it the perfect antidote to The Dark Knight's doom and gloom. A sequel was ordered, and the whole comics company universe was beginning to take shape in cinema form, with a team up promised between the characters of those hit movies to get the fans salivating in anticipation. However, would it be true to say that there were signs of the winning formula showing a few cracks with Iron Man 2, which boasted more of the same from part one, only with a great big dip in the middle of its action?

Not that director Jon Favreau and his screenwriter Justin Theroux were wanting for things to do in this second instalment, it's just that they were pretty cheeseparing with the novelties from about half an hour into the movie to about half an hour from the end. Luckily, the climax was spectacular enough to bear this stretch's weight, but more than one audience member found themselves twiddling their thumbs while waiting for something to happen. Something other than the protagonist wrestling with a number of issues, as if the filmmakers had trouble making up their minds precisely what the overriding theme of the story should be, and had settled on throwing them all in to see which one stuck.

So we were offered Stark's budding romance with his assistant Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow back and with an orange tan) which went absolutely nowhere until the last ten minutes, and that's including the credits, Stark wondering if he's living in the shadow of an unresponsive father (John Slattery) who only appears on vintage film reels thanks to him being dead, and Stark considering how close he should be to his best friend Rhodey Rhodes (Don Cheadle, replacing Terrence Howard after some fall out or other), and whether he needs a sidekick who is so far into the military when that self same military are demanding Stark hand over his secrets, something he is reluctant to do.

This is all very well, but if you want to see Iron Man in action, there isn't much of that here. You could argue there wasn't much of it in the first film either, but that was carried by Downey Jr's charisma and big-headed charm, whereas here his character suffers with a heart problem which sees his superpowered replacement poisoning him, leaving an alternative much needed - there you go, yet another issue. As before, the musing over the extent that the latest technology is fuelled by weaponry research is there, but not so much that it overwhelms the drama with angst, as there were plenty of other sources of angst to be dealt with. As if backing up the franchise as ideal for middle aged movie stars to prove they can do just as well as the younger ones, there were quite a few such performers here, accompanied by Scarlett Johansson in an ice queen role that didn't give her much room to manoeuvre. For all its faults, Iron Man 2's strengths were enough to forgive, but did leave you wishing for an experience as sleek as the robot suit next time. Music by John Debney.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 2447 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Paul Smith
Darren Jones
Andrew Pragasam
  Lee Fiveash
  Mick Stewart
Enoch Sneed
  Dsfgsdfg Dsgdsgsdg
   

 

Last Updated: