Iron Man 2 – Jon Favreau
Big Favs returns with the second instalment of the Iron Man franchise, taking the ups and downs from the first film and producing the same great action sequences, great chemistry between the characters and the awesome acting from Robert Downey Jr. I’m a massive fan of Iron Man the film, not necessarily the cartoon or comic, but a big fan of the movie, taking a character who wasn’t the best considered third or fourth rated behind Superman, Batman, Spider-Man and possibly Captain America. Following the success of the first instalment in the Marvel franchise, Iron Man saw the coming together of the comic book character and the cultural awareness of the team behind it, knowing that the audience for superhero films could be exploited in the same way Spider-Man was but for a more adult audience, bringing together children and their parents. Having the jokes and humour aimed at the adults and the action and fun aimed at the younger audiences, it saw a great summer blockbuster with fun action scenes, great humour and a sensibility to know what the audience wanted, it didn’t want it to be dark like Batman but light and fluffy.
The Iron Man returns with Tony Stark after countless attempts at trying to gain technology that can help with his heart problem, that being that a machine is keeping this heart working, he’s running out of the material that produces it. He soon begins to ponder some of his decisions and begins to live life recklessly with going on different adventures including a trip to a grand prix which doesn’t work out when a Russian named Whiplash comes by and ruins Stark’s plans. The world sees a man harness the same power Iron Man has, but unfortunately his technology is not the same. A rival weapons manufacturer uses this opportunity to strike down Stark by using the Russian for his advantage. It shows the slow downfall of Stark and his Iron Man persona with some really funny drunk scenes and when he has “meetings” with Nick Fury, the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. Some great fast paced action scenes with some really great acting from the whole cast with Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell all performing perfectly, bringing to life the characters they are.
I’m looking forward to the future of the series with the release of Captain America, Thor and the massively epic The Avengers movie involving all of these characters working together with the line up being Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Nick Fury, Black Widow, Hulk, Hawkeye and many more. It should be a fantastic film being helmed by none other than Joss Whedon, and with a lot on his shoulders, he has a massive task to do!