Iron Man 2

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Iron Man 2, directed by Jon Favreau, returns for more action. In the sequel to its huge success in 2008, inventor cum millionaire Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) reveals his superhero identity, faces multiple villains and enlists the help of new allies.

Hedonistic Stark's ego is reflected in several occasions - from boasting his achievements at a defence industry exhibition to dissing senators at a congressional hearing and to donning his admired suit for personal amusement at his birthday party. Witty one-liners such as "I've successfully privatised world peace" can be spotted throughout the duration of the action flick.

It is no surprise he gets on the nerves of more villains than in the first Iron Man. Stark's enemies include Russian family arch-rival "Whiplash" Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), who devises his very own powersuit, and business loggerhead Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell). That is, on top of the government and his own inner demons. Meanwhile, new characters such as assistant cum spy "Black Widow" Natalie Rushman/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) emerge and an interesting touch of cameos comes in the form of CNN and Fox journalists play themselves.

A praiseworthy point in the show is in Downey's acting ability to portray his character to be impossibly arrogant yet at the same time emotionally vulnerable. On the other hand, there is just too much going on at once - from multiple villains to conflicted hero to estranged buddies as well as pretty face Johansson who adds not much more to the storyline except as a visual enhancement in the film.

In all, the Marvel comic-based movie was, well, marvelous but its sequel might leave those with hyped up expectations wanting. The real action only lasted a good, solid three minutes. Nonetheless, the Iron Man 2 is still a cut above the rest as compared to its action film counterparts and is well worth the ticket price.

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