Iron Man 2
Paramount Home Entertainment
Plot Summary: Tony Stark must fight new enemies in the U.S. government, his health, and an evil villain who wants to destroy Iron Man.
Reason for the Rating: Sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some language.
Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr) is at it again. Actually, he never stopped and is still saving the world from evil. Larger than life and with an ego big enough to fill any room, Tony has begun a new fight in the saga of Iron Man. Iron Man 2 begins shortly after Iron Man concludes. After saving the world from nations and leaders trying to conquer each other, Tony opens Stark Expo where he flies in as Iron Man, promising to maintain world peace, as only he can.
But, behind the scenes, he is being pressured by the U.S. government to give over the secrets of Iron Man, he's dying from palladium poisoning (the element that keeps his "battery" going), and Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), a Russian physicist who discovers old blueprints for a similar device, arrives to avenge his late father's invention (the one he's sure Stark Enterprises stole from his father).
Tony does his best to cover-up his pending death by becoming even more cocky and flamboyant in his behavior. To such a point that Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), his faithful assistant-turned-CEO, doesn't want anything to do with him. In an emotional tailspin, he has all but given up, until Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) arrives. Nick is a member of S.H.I.E.L.D., a covert group of security specialists formed by Tony's father. Nick gives Tony a case filled with memorabilia from Tony's father, and indicates that the solution to his problem is in the case.
With a renewed sense of hope, Tony searches until he finds a new element that will prolong his life. But will it be in time? Will he be able to stop Vanko from taking control of Iron Man and, thus, the world? You'll have to watch to find out.
The original Iron Man was an entertaining movie that we all enjoyed; certainly not because of it's depth, but because it was simply fun. And Iron Man 2 undoubtedly takes after its predecessor. Robert Downey, Jr. seems to quite enjoy not only being a superhero, but the egotistical, outlandish, womanizing behavior in which Tony indulges. He is simply the perfect actor for such a superhero. And Gwyneth Paltrow is just as suited as proper Pepper Potts, as is Mickey Rourke as the creepy and evil Vanko.
Clearly, Iron Man 2 isn't a movie that is going to change the world, nor is it one that will be up for an Oscar for anything other than CG. But it is a movie that the family can enjoy, and parents can use as a stepping stone to discuss issues such as sexual behavior, familial acceptance and affirmation, and even national security. And you might even expose your kids to a few songs that were around when you were a teenager.
Except for the young ones, take the kids of all ages to see this movie. You'll be the hero for days afterwards.
Bonus: The single-disc edition of the Blu-ray version of this movie includes commentary by director, Jon Favreau, as well as a "S.H.I.E.L.D. Data Vault" and a picture-in-picture option to allow you to see how storyboards and previsuals while watching the film.
Let’s Talk About It
Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:
• How is Tony like you and me? What contradictions do you see in his character?
• Several characters show one "face" publically and another privately. How would relationships be different if we didn't try to conceal our personal feelings?
• Tell about a time you felt wronged and how you were able to forgive.
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