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“I was eagerly awaiting the release of Iron Man 2,...”

Written on: 11/05/2010 by reviewkitten (295 reviews written)

I was eagerly awaiting the release of Iron Man 2, Robert Downey Jnr was everything I could have hoped for as Tony Stark in the first film so expectations were high. The one thing that put me off slightly was the over marketing of AC/DC's Iron Man 2 soundtrack (which is simply a rehashing of AC/DC's greatest hits with a picture of Iron Man on the front) in the run up to the film's release.

Jon Favreau has again helmed the movie and unfortunately his inexperience of working large budget films shows through during the first 40 mins or so of the film. It feels a little too slow and a little padded out. I would have liked some more of Whiplash (and a lot more action) before he descends on Tony Stark at Monaco. But once the film gets over this overly long setting up period and the action starts it starts to feel more cohesive. It's still a great film with a lovely couple of teasing nods to the next film in the collection; Thor and also Captain America (keep your eyes peeled for that one) and make sure you wait in the cinema until the credits have finished rolling.

I was disappointed that Terrence Howard didn't come back as Rhodey (replaced by Don Cheadle) but Cheadle did a pretty good job as War Machine even if he did lack the comic timing of Howard. Scarlett Johansson is irksome at first then her character develops making her casting justified. Sam Rockwell, as always, puts in a solid performance. Catch it in the cinema to make the most of Whiplash.

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