Iron Man 2
Directed by: Jon Favreau
Written by: Justin Theroux (screenplay), Stan Lee (comics)
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mickey Rourke, and Don Cheadle
Part of what made the first Iron Man such a breath of fresh air was the devotion to excellence from everyone in the cast, most notably Robert Downey Jr. It wasn’t exactly anything new and original, and was overshadowed by Christopher Nolan’s box-office/critical superior The Dark Knight. This summer, the now-franchise is launching its second installment with no Caped Crusader in sight.
The trailer for the film looks like it will hit all of the summer action bells and whistles. Downey Jr. reprises his role as the man in iron, as does Gwyneth Paltrow as his love interest and assistant. The rest of the cast is mostly new. Don Cheadle steps in for Terrence Howard. Scarlett Johansson arrives, hopefully to give Paltrow a run for her money, but you can’t tell much from the trailer.
The biggest gripe I have in the casting is Mickey Rourke. Based on the trailer alone, his character appears corny, badly written, and has a just plain stupid Russian accent. It may not turn out that way, but it appears that there will be at least one glaring error in the casting.
As far as plot goes, not too much is revealed. Tony Stark is now out of the closet as a super hero, which may offer some unique takes on the genre. He’s out to stop Whiplash (Rourke) from taking over the world or something. The trailer is decent, but the content in it just makes this seem like it will be a typical sequel.
Highs: Downey jumping off an airplane after talking to Paltrow and Downey and Cheadle suiting up together in Iron Man suits.
Lows: Mickey Rourke’s Russian accent/character and the lack of Scarlett Johansson footage.
Trailer Grade: C