Director Jon Favreau launches an ambitious follow-up and Downey invests it with all the Starkian charm that made the duo a winning team the first time. Their second mission is definitely bigger but not necessarily better on that merit alone, but flies high with its distinctive mix of character-driven humor and armor-smashing action.
The broadened cast including Mickey Rourke, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson and Sam Rockwell distracts on occasion but bolster the story overall. Plenty of comic-inspired history expands the Marvel franchise and easter egg treasures dot this film’s new frontier. Fun and furious, expect IRON MAN 2 to steal box office profits this weekend and rule on high.
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