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Iron Man 2, 2010 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on April 29, 2010

Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Jon Favreau, Clark Gregg, Samuel L Jackson

This review by Ben Mortimer

Two years ago, as the first Iron Man film was being showered in almost universal praise, there was one criticism levelled at it in review after review – that it lacked action set pieces. It’s safe to say this won’t be a sticking point for viewers of the sequel, as it is packed to the gills with fight sequences.

The problem with this new action-packed take on Iron Man, however, is that much of the action feels like it’s been crow bared in. At each crash of a super-suited fist the film trips over itself, as story and characters are temporarily sidelined to satisfy Another Pointless Super Scrap. This is particularly true early on in the film, with the introduction of Whiplash.

Taking place about twenty minutes in, we know too much about the character for him to feel mysterious, but not enough to particularly care about why he’s fighting Stark. This is unfortunate, because, with the exception of a couple of fairly slapstick moments, this is one of the better executed action sequences in the film (more on that later).

In the midst of all of this unnecessary action, are some very strong elements. The characters are generally well rounded, even if the story itself lacks any real thrust, and as with the first film, the performances are almost universally excellent. The main exception to this is Mickey Rourke as Whiplash. With a loosely-sketched back story, and a very linear arc, he simply isn’t interesting enough to be the film’s key villain, and Rourke struggles to imbue the character with any real personality.

In addition to the well rounded characters, there were several references back to small but memorable elements of the first film that pay-off some of the support players, although these references are small potatoes compared with the wealth of references to films to come, from Black Widow’s blue SHIELD catsuit to Agent Coulson being sent to deal with Thor. There is also a reference to Tony Stark’s future alcoholism, although it seems unlikely that an audience could really sit through a third ‘wayward Tony Stark makes good’-story.

In spite of these positive elements, the film has some serious down sides. The plot is functional but empty, and Tony’s quest to find a hidden message from his father is logic defying. If the subject of the message were so important why is it hidden, and more to the point, why was it not mentioned in the first film?

The biggest issue the film has, however, is that watching two men fight with masks on is ultimately unsatisfying. No matter how much damage we see the suit take, and how little energy/control the occupant has, it’s nearly impossible to connect with them when we can’t see their face. Iron Man solved this by having Stark and Stane remove their helmets for the final battle. The sequel ignores this technique, but fails to come up with an alternative, resulting in several dull fights, including what should have been the climactic battle.

Ultimately, and despite its flaws, Iron Man 2 is still a fun and enjoyable film, filled with a great deal to like. It might not be a patch on its predecessor, but it is considerably better than many of the other films within its genre.

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Iron Man 2 – New photos

Posted by LiveFor on April 8, 2010


Some new photos from Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2. I think they are new anyway they look cool.

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Iron Man 2 – New posters

Posted by LiveFor on March 9, 2010

After the excellent new trailer debuted yesterday for Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2 along come some posters. There are ones for Iron Man (Robery Downey Jr) and War Machine (Don Cheadle) along with the standee about. The photo at the bottom has Downey Jr as Stark and I’m assuming Cheadle is in the Mark II suit.

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Iron Man 2 – New trailer. They’ve got the briefcase suit!

Posted by LiveFor on March 8, 2010


“If you could make God bleed, people would cease to believe in him.”

More Downey Jr as Stark, more Rourke as Whiplash, more Cheadle as War Machine, more Johansson as Black Widow, more suits, more robots and it just looks awesome.

Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the highly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster film based on the legendary Marvel Super Hero Iron Man, reuniting director Jon Favreau and Oscar® nominee Robert Downey Jr. In Iron Man 2, the world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is the armored Super Hero Iron Man. Under pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military, Tony is unwilling to divulge the secrets behind the Iron Man armor because he fears the information will slip into the wrong hands. With Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and James Rhodey Rhodes (Don Cheadle) at his side, Tony forges new alliances and confronts powerful new forces.

Due out on 7th May 2010.

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Iron Man 2 Costumes – Now you can have Tony Stark’s facial hair!

Posted by LiveFor on February 25, 2010


If you have ever wanted to look like Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark, but were too lazy to grow your own goatee here is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

Lots of Iron Man 2 costumes are there for the picking. As well as Iron Man you can dress up as an Ironette, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Mickey Rourke’s Whiplash, Don Cheadle’s War Machine (the helmet for that costume seems a bit big).

Source: Geekologie & Costume Craze

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Iron Man 2 – AC/DC doing the soundtrack and first video has new footage

Posted by LiveFor on January 26, 2010

Through a unique collaboration between Marvel Studios and Columbia Records, AC/DC’s music will be featured in Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 2, the sequel to the 2008 blockbuster film. In addition, Columbia Records will release the album AC/DC: Iron Man 2 on Monday, April 19, 2010. AC/DC: Iron Man 2, features 15 classic AC/DC songs selected from ten of the band’s studio albums, ranging from 1976 to 2008. The complete track listing can be found below.

The debut video from AC/DC: Iron Man 2 is the AC/DC’s classic album cut “Shoot To Thrill,” which was filmed live last month in Buenos Aires during the band’s highly acclaimed Black Ice World Tour, the second highest grossing world tour of 2009 according to concert industry trade publication Pollstar. The video also incorporates exclusive footage from Iron Man 2 and debuts today worldwide. Check ACDC.com and Marvel.com for more information. “Shoot To Thrill” was originally recorded for the band’s 50-million selling album Back In Black, one of the best selling albums of all time.

“Jon Favreau’s vision and passion for AC/DC’s music blend seamlessly into this incredible film,” said Steve Barnett, co-chairman of Columbia Records. “The music really underscores the high energy and excitement of the film.”

“Music is an integral part of the Tony Stark and Iron Man experience, and we are pleased that Columbia and AC/DC are taking part in the franchise’s phenomenon. Through this relationship, the band is delivering fans supercharged Iron Man branded music through all our combined consumer touch points, from the movie to retail outlets and even virally with the debut of the new video,” said Tim Connors, Chief Operating Officer, Marvel Studios.

AC/DC: Iron Man 2 Track Listing:

* Shoot to Thrill
* Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation
* Guns for Hire
* Cold Hearted Man
* Back in Black
* Thunderstruck
* If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)
* Evil Walks
* T.N.T.
* Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be
* Have a Drink on Me
* The Razor’s Edge
* Let There Be Rock
* War Machine
* Highway to Hell

Jon Favreau returns to direct Iron Man 2, with Robert Downey Jr. reprising his starring role as the larger-than-life leading character, along with Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke and Samuel L. Jackson.

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Iron Man 2 – Trailer featuring War Machine, Whiplash and so much more

Posted by LiveFor on December 17, 2009

Finally the trailer for Iron Man 2 is out and it is chock full of awesome. We get to see Robert Downey Jr being cheeky as Stark, Garry Shandling as a congressman type, Gwyneth Paltrow is still the put upon Pepper, Mickey Rourke does a mirror image of Stark building the Whiplash weapons, dancing girls, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury, Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer and Don Cheadle as War Machine.

It is at the end that you see War Machine and Stark fighting what appear to be either more men in Iron Man style armour or droids with the familiar chest light.

There is also a quick shot of Starks chest with the reactor in it and what appear to be circuit type veins around it (above). Maybe the extremis virus? This was a thing that happened in the comics where Stark basically became a super computer and could link into satellites, remote control numerous Iron Man suits and stuff like that.

It also looks as if Tony Stark will be getting a new suit of armour. The photo above shows him with War Machine and notice the triangular chest plate – does that make it Mark IV or Mark V? I’ve lost track.

Have a watch of the trailer and let me know what you think of it.
Vodpod videos no longer available.

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Iron Man 2 – Trailer for the new trailer

Posted by LiveFor on December 16, 2009


I hate the ET do the whole promo of a promo thing, but it is our first proper glimpse of the Jon Favreau sequel. We get to see Don Cheadle as War Machine fighting back to back with Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man. Micky Rourke as Whiplash tears up the race track and Scarlett Johansson does the Black Widow thing. Gwyneth Paltrow gets bit closer to Stark.


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Iron Man 2 – Poster – Mickey Rourke as Whiplash

Posted by LiveFor on December 10, 2009

Not too long ago we had a poster showing Iron Man and War Machine, then there was the one with Tony Stary (Robert Downey Jr) looking all intense.

Now we have another great poster, via Collider, showing Mickey Rourke as the Russian bad guy Whiplash. There had been talk that Whiplash’s suit, like the one above, would be a Mark I version of the final armour, but so far this is all we have seen.

I am really enjoying the poster design for the Iron Man 2 posters. I’m looking forward to the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) poster that has got to coming soon.

What do you think of the posters?

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Brooklyn’s Finest – Poster – Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke and Wesley Snipes

Posted by LiveFor on December 4, 2009


Three unconnected Brooklyn cops wind up at the same deadly location after enduring vastly different career paths.

Directed by Antoine Fuqua.

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