Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark), Don Cheadle (Rhodey), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff), Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts)
Directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man)
From IMDB: 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.
Keven and I went to see this while his parents were in town. Yay for babysitter guests! Although it was amusing and visually impressive, I didn't connect the way I did the original. It had "second superhero movie" syndrome, where more folks need to be added in. The origin story has been covered, but no one stays content with having a plain sophomore adventure. Multiple badguys and new allies detract from what made the original so good--namely, the hero at the epicenter.
A great deal of what made me like Tony Stark in Iron Man is that we got to see his genius at work. The experiments with the suit, his obsession with perfecting it, the end roads he takes around problems in the design--all very hot. He's special because he's clever. He's heroic because he puts that smarts to good, noble use for the first time.
Here, his heroism was cut short by government interference and his illness. Self-pity is not becoming in a hero, and neither is fatalism. So instead of being a billionaire playboy asshole who has sexy, unique redeeming qualities, he was a billionaire playboy asshole in the midst of a big ole' mope. Only when he got around to inventing the new rector did we get a glimpse of that fire and genius, but we were mere minutes away from the finale.
Scarlett was sexy and pouted well, but she didn't add anything to the story. All she did was take time away from the awkwardly entertaining banter between Pepper and Tony. Apparently there was only so much screen time designed "female." Scarlett and Gwyneth had to share. Don Cheadle followed in Terrence Howard's footsteps as a non-role, while Sam Rockwell and Mickey Roarke hammed it up as equally over-the-top weirdos.
Meh. Whatcha gonna do? It was a night out and RDJr. Can't complain too much!
Have you seen it yet? What did you think?