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nobody wants him...they just turn their heads...


Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Garry Shandling

Nick Fury: Sir!  I’m going to have to ask you to exit the doughnut!

Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) has used Iron Man to create peace in the world, but has also gotten caught up in the celebrity surrounding Iron Man.  When a scary Russian, Ivan Vanko (Rourke), attacks Stark with some of his own technology, one of Stark’s competitors, Justin Hammer (Rockwell), sees this as a chance to get Ivan on his side to help him take down Stark.

I decided to do something a little different with this review.  I actually wrote down comments while watching the movie.  It’ll seem a little scattered and maybe hard to understand without the movie playing in front of you, but…well, it makes things easier for me.  I tried to avoid spoilers:

Looks like we’re picking up right where we left off with the first one.  Well, with the audio at least.  Now we’re in Moscow.

Ahh, Mickey Rourke.  Always a pleasant sight these days…

Does every superhero movie have the same soundtrack now?

Sam Rockwell’s name!  I forgot he was in this.

Laying on the celebrity stuff a little thick…I get it…he’s obsessed with himself.

Stan Lee cameo!

Garry Shandling, eh?  Alright…interesting choice…

Not digging Rockwell’s character…a little too cliche…

“I’ve successfully privatized world peace!”

So Tony and Pepper are a bickering couple now?

Scarlett enters the movie…

The first movie started with a bang and some good dramatic moments.  This movie is crawling to a start.

Looks like we’re at our first big action set.  A day at the races!

Wow…that was easy.

“I want MY bird!!”

I’m glad I’m not an Iron Man.  I wouldn’t want a big metal thing in my chest.

I never wanted to see Iron Man dance.

Tired plot is tiiiirrred.  Tony Stark is now Hancock.

“Sir!  I’m going to have to ask you to exit the doughnut!”  That’s a line that only Samuel L. can deliver and make it sound believable.

Did the movie really need Bill O’Reilly?

Time for the A-Team building sequence.

Off to the Expo.  I assume there will actually be some action sequences soon.

Is Scarlett living in the Matrix??

Well that was a pretty quick ending…

Lame villain, with a vague, ambiguous agenda.

Definitely a step down from the first one.  Every situation that posed some dramatic potential seemed to get pushed aside or solved very simply.

Creating a new element is easy, if you have the right editing team!

10 – 2 because it was booooorrrrring in long stretches – 1 because the Pepper/Tony relationship just didn’t work (didn’t they get together in the first movie?) – .5 because every major plot point seemed to get solved with little dramatic tension = 6.5