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Fantasy - Superheroes, Iron Man

Iron Man 2 (2010)

Duration 2h 4m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story The Marvel Comics Iron Man character, and specifically a story “Demon in a Bottle” or possibly “Armor Wars II”.
Writers/Script Justin Theroux
Additional Info The Marevel Comic guys are named as Stan Lee, Don Heck, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby.
Director Jon Favreau
Starring Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke, Samuel L Jackson, Clark Gregg, John Slattery, Gary Shandling, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara, Jon Favreau, Stan Lee, Elon Musk
Elevator Pitch The world is at peace due to the activities of Iron Man but his alter ego Tony Stark is dying and is depressed due to problems with his atomic heart. Additionally, when a Russian scientist develops an alternative power system and attempts to destroy Tony, the government tries to take ownership of the suit. When a rival arms manufacturer teams up with the Russian in an effort to build his own suit, Iron Man is forced to man up.
Content A terrific opening sequence to the music of AC/DC as Iron Man engages in PR. The Russian uses his eletronic whips to destroy racing cars at Monaco. There are a number of Iron Man battles of increasing ferocity, and some hand to hand combat involving Black Widow. No sex, but a bit of smooching between Tony and Pepper and some drinking at times.
A View It cost a fortune, and looked like it but in the end made quite a lot of money. I enjoyed it all except maybe the attempts to shoehorn references to the “Avengers” which the director did not like either. Probably a must watch if you are a superhero fan, and not unacceptable if you aren’t.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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