Review: Iron Man 2

Review: Iron Man 2

Robert Downey Jr. and Actor/Director Jon Favreau make a great team. Favreau is a great story teller that involves himself into his films, and its clear, all of them are made with love and passion. And Downey? Hell, he’s someone who I would watch in just about anything, and I mean that, it could be a three hour film of him making snide comments about a white wall. He still would make it interesting. That said, what about Iron Man 2?

Iron Man, to be honest, has never been a franchise I cared too much about, even as a child. I knew of him, I barely read the comics, and didn’t really watch the cartoon. I’m not a hardcore fan even in the slightest sense. I enjoyed the first film a lot more then I did. I didn’t run out to see it, and when I finally did, I was a bit disappointed I hadn’t seen it sooner. It was as fun, extremely entertaining superhero film, and I absolutely love how much it is being tied into the forthcoming Avengers film.

We start Iron Man 2 with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) having already revealed to the world that he is Iron Man. We see how the world has been stabilized just by his presence. This makes the United States government extremely uncomfortable. Their national security is in the hands of an eccentric billionaire and CEO.

Stark, behind the scenes is slowly being poisoned by the very reactor in his chest that is keeping alive.

On the side, we are introduced to a murky character named Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) who is using old Stark blueprints to assembly his own Arc core, to bring punishment to Tony Stark, who belongs to what Vanko calls a family of “butchers.”

We are introduced to some new folks this time around, the angry US Senator Stern (Garry Shandling), and the d-bag CEO of Hammer Industries, Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell), Stark’s major rival both in industry, and clearly in life. Don Cheadle replaces Terrence Howard as Rhodey (Warmachine), and does an excellent job in that part.

Rockwell is amazing as Hammer, in fact, next to Downey, I dare say he almost steals the show. Score, music, sound effects were excellent. And I love the “world” that Tony Stark inhabits. Everything from the Iron Man suits HUD, to the “computers” in his workspace, I love the look of this film.

The story is good, and moves quite rapidly, however, the film is limited in its action sequences. Like the first film, Iron Man 2 suffers a bit due to its lack of a true “villain.” Though, the villains here are bad people, we never really feel like there’s a major struggle, and I do feel that the film falters in its final “battle.” I really wanted to see Iron Man kick ass, and he did, but just not as much as I’d hoped for.

The film continues to set up S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers film with more appearances by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson,) and I’m definitely excited for where its going. Is ‘Iron Man 2’ worth seeing? Of course, it was fun. Unfortunately though, a lot was lacking, and I hope it is all rectified by ‘The Avengers.’

“Spiderman 4” Villain Casting News… Is This True?

You’ve no doubt read this before, but there is news about “Spiderman 4.”  Movieline is reporting that John Malkovich and Anne Hathaway have entered into negotiations to play the villeins in the fourth movie.  Reportedly, producers want Malkovich to play The Vulture.  Hathaway will not be playing the Black Cat, (reportedly due in no small part of “Iron Man 2” featuring a villain called Black Widow,) and instead will be playing The Vulture’s sidekick, The Vulturess.

While this report sounds nutty, it sounds no nuttier than some of the other stuff we’ve heard.  Plus, maybe Malkovich wants to shake things up with his career.  Or this is just another lie.  We’ll have to wait and see.

“Iron Man 2” Poster Released

“Iron Man 2” Poster Released

In hot anticipation of a trailer, scheduled to be released this month, Yahoo Movies has posted the teaser trailer for Jon Favreau’s 2010 summer movie, “Iron Man 2.”

The movie stars returning actors Robert Downey Jr and Gwenyth Paltrow and also co-stars Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle and Samuel L. Jackon.  It’s scheduled to open May 7th.

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Garry Shandling In “Iron Man 2”?

Garry Shandling In “Iron Man 2”?

As “Iron Man 2,” got underway shooting yesterday, we got the first look at Robert Downey Jr., and Don Cheadle in the movie.  They’re both wearing suits, so it’s not the most exciting of photos.  However, IESB is reporting that comedian Garry Shandling will play a part in the new movie.  Reportedly, Shandling shows up as an annoying invesgative reporter in a continuation of the “I am Iron Man,” sequence that ended the first film.

Also, director Jon Favreau is on Twitter, so you can follow his updates from set, if you so choose.  Here’s a picture of his chair that he posted yesterday:

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Scott’s “Robin Hood” To Release May 2010

Ridley Scott’s new movie, “Robin Hood,” is set for release May 24th, 2010.

This now completely fills the month of May with high-profile releases.  (The other films include “Shrek 4,” “Prince of Persia,” and, um, oh yeah,”Iron Man 2.”

“Hood” stars Russell Crows as Robin Hood and Cate Blanchett as Maid Marian.  The two most recent historical films that Scott’s done have been “Gladitor,” and “Kingdom of Heaven.”  Hope this one leans more towards “Gladiator,” instead of “Kingdom of Heaven.”

Rourke Signs on For “Iron Man 2”

It’s official- Mickey Rourke has signed on to play the villain in “Iron Man 2.”  Well, according to Deadline Hollywood Daily.  This is exciting because for a while the rumor was that he was only going to get the part if he won the Oscar.  Well, guess that’s just a rumor.

Also, as previously thought, Emily Blount is out of the Black Widow role.  However, DHD is reporting that Scarlett Johansson is taking her place.

Oh, and also, check out Jon Faverau’s twitter page.  It’s kinda cool.

Blount Not Starring in “Iron Man 2”

At one of the many after-show parties on Sunday, director Jon Favreau told E! that Fox has exercised its option on “Gulliver’s Travels,” meaning that Emily Blount will not be able to be in “Iron Man 2.”  Blount was wanted to play future Avenger Black Widow.

Rumored to be on the short-list for the role is Scarlett Johansson and Eliza Dushku mentioned to Howard Stern that she wants the role really badly. With regards to Mickey Rourke, Faverau said that Rouke has not been offically cast, but that he is a fan.

Will An Oscar Win Land Mickey Rourke “Iron Man 2”?

Marvel Productions wants Mickey Rourke for the role of the villain in “Iron Man 2.”  However, times being what they are, they don’t want to pay Rourke’s asking price.  Now, reports are circulating that Marvel is waiting until Sunday night to make Rourke an offer.  Why Sunday night?  Because it’s the Oscars.

If Rourke picks up the best actor award for his role in “The Wrestler,” Marvel will reportedly meet his asking price.  If Rourke goes home empty handed, he also may lose the role in “Iron Man 2.”

This has happened to Rourke before.  Sylvester Stallone wanted Rourke for his remake of “Get Carter.”  Warner Bros. didn’t.  Stallone stepped up and personally paid part of Rourke’s salary to guarantee he would be in the movie.  (Not that it helped the movie.)  Will that happen again?  Will Robert Downey Jr., Gwenyth Paltrow and Jon Favreau dig deep to land Rourke?  I guess we’ll have to wait until Sunday.