Ever since catching a glimpse of the Iron Man 2 trailer a couple of months ago, I have promised to myself that I will watch this movie on the first day of showing which fell on April 30, 2010. But as luck would have it, I lost my wallet that day and wasn’t able to go to Greenbelt to watch the movie with friends. Good thing they weren’t able to watch the movie that day because all cinemas in Greenbelt and Glorietta were full. Only last night, after joining the Yoshinoya’s Beef Gyudon Eating Contest, was I able to watch the movie with my Ulayaw friend Dane.
So here’s how the plot goes: narcissistic Tony Starks (Robert Downey Jr.) becomes a loose cannon when he finds our that the arc nuclear reactor that has been keeping him alive is poisoning is body. He refuses to hand over the Iron Man suit to the U.S. military but his friend Rhodey steals one from him and asks the help of Tony’s foremost competitor, Justin Hammer, to pimp the Iron Man suit. Meanwhile, Hammer recruits Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) to power the Hammer drones using the same technology that Stark uses to keep him alive. Vanko fakes failure in order to stage his own revenge against Stark. He takes control of the Hammer drones during the Stark Expo presentation and goes after Stark.
In all this brouhaha, Agent Romanoff (Scarlett Johannsson) of the Avengers infiltrates Stark’s network and becomes a personal assistant to Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), who is now CEO and Chairman of Stark’s corporate empire. With the help of Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson), Stark finds the solution to his deteriorating health and manages to kill Ivan with the help of his new partner, Rhodey. Stark gets the girl, Pepper, in the end. All’s well that ends well.
Just like the first Iron Man movie, Ironman 2 is a visual stunner. The effects, both visual and audio, were simply superb and flawless. The fight scene towards the end reminded me of the fireworks display in the Mall of Asia every Friday and Saturday. The Iron Man soundtrack was rockin’ and worthy of anyone’s OST collection, especially those who like to dance and feel the speakers throbbing with bass.
Robert Downey Jr. has perfected the craft of being a lovable self-absorbed prick and he’s looking bigger and better than ever. Scarlett Johansson, as always, steals the scene by just being her. She looks fierce and hot in her Blackout costume. However, I found it unnecessary for her to keep drawing attention to her perky boobs while wearing corporate casual clothing. It’s too distracting!
Micky Rourke is literally big and, as such, effective as a villain. I am just confused about one thing: while he was being dragged after the Monaco Grand Prix fiasco his foot appeared to have been severed off. I didn’t know how did that happen but it did look like he lost his left foot. Our eyes, apparently, are deceiving us because he can walk perfectly in the following scenes.
What else to say about Iron Man 2? It’s very entertaining for those who like movies with lots of firepower. Some memorable lines from the film are the following:
“I have successfully privatized world peace.”
“Amazing how annoying a little prick can be.”
“Fuck you, Tony. Fuck you.” ( said by a US Senator Stern during a live coverage of a Senate Committee Hearing)