Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson and Jon Favreau reprises their roles in this sequel to the 2008 blockbuster release. Adding to this cast is Scarlett Johansson, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell and Don Cheadle. If you didn’t know, Don Cheadle replaced Terrance Howard as James “Rhodey” Rhodes and it made headlines since Terrance Howard didn’t know why he was being replaced and was considerably upset over it. Back to the review at hand.
Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) is back and in a big way. Ever since he announced to the press that he was in fact Iron Man, the U.S. Government has been waiting to confiscate the Iron man suit. Unfortunately for the government, that would be that the government would be revoking some of Mr. Stark’s rights as a person since the suit and Mr. Stark are one unit; a fact that the government refuses to accept since other countries are trying to duplicate the technology for warfare. The person who brings the attention of the other countries intentions is Justin Hammer (Rockwell), a rival of Stark Industries. Of course Stark shows the government that it isn’t just foreign countries trying to make another iron man suit, but in fact, Hammer was too.
Meanwhile, in Russia, Ivan Vanko (Rourke) has vengence on his mind towards Stark Industries, but also Tony Stark personally. Ivan believes that Tony’s father, Howard, back-stabbed Ivan’s father by having him deported back to Russia after the discovery of the power that gives Tony life. After Ivan’s father’s death, Ivan spent six months redeveloping the technology to become Whiplash and goes after Tony. What Ivan doesn’t know is that the suit and the technology is already killing Tony. Tony knows that he’s dying and so he promotes Pepper Potts (Paltrow) to CEO of Stark Industries and proceeds to party his life away since he believes he doesn’t have much time left. Luckily for Tony, there’s Nick Fury (Jackson). Nick clues him in on what exactly is going on with him and his suit. Nick even has someone working close to Tony to keep an eye on him, Natasha Romanoff (Johansson) or Natalie Rushman to everyone else but Tony and Nick.
This movie earns a solid 4 out of 5 stars. The soundtrack is awesome along with the special effects. Iron Man 2 will definitely be added to the Blu-Ray collection in the near future. Buy it now on DVD or Blu-Ray wherever movies are sold, rent it on Netflix or Redbox, and/or watch it On Demand through your local cable or satellite provider.