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iron man 2 Rating: Good
English (U/A)
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Jon Favreau, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Samuel L Jackson, Scarlett Johansson
Director: Jon Favreau

Multi-millionaire inventor and hunk Tony Stark’s identity (Robert Downey Jr.) is now known to everyone and the US government wants to ‘clone’ him even as he remains the broker of world peace. In addition to Congressmen’s pressure there’s trouble coming from a dying Russian physicist’s son to avenge his father and destroy Howard Stark’s (Tony’s father) legacy. There is also trouble with Tony’s health as the Palladium, the element that’s keeping him alive, is poisoning his blood. Thinking that his life is just numbered, Tony goes into self-destruct mode, drinking and leaving his long-time girlfriend Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) to look after Stark company. Will ‘Iron Man’ have the guts of steel to overcome his troubles this time?

The answer is a definite and predictable, yes! The 2008-sequel fires more blasts on all fronts. The franchise has the right mix of men and women running around to save ‘Iron Man’ and ultimately the world. Downey Jr. still manages to look interesting with his tech savvy super-hero projection. We have sexy Scarlett Johansson playing a spy, Don Cheadle taking over as Tony’s pal Lt Col Jim Rhodes, and Samuel L. Jackson as eye-patched agent Nick Fury. The best of them all is sweet, yet convincingly sophisticated Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts who tries to save Tony’s company. Rourke as the villain does a lot with his thick Russian accent.

However, there is also some absurdity in relation to Tony and his father. The plot is also plain simple – no big turns and twists. But, nobody is complaining here, as there are enough comedic adult remarks embedded throughout that will keep you grinning. ‘Iron Man 2’ is a welcome summer relief.

Robert L. Sungte, Deccan Herald

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