Monday, May 10, 2010


Review: Iron Man 2
3.5 stars (out of 5)
By R. Kurt Osenlund

What really flies throughout much of “Iron Man 2” isn't a jet-propelled, metal-suited superhero, but the dizzying, verbose rantings of star Robert Downey Jr., who long ago mastered the art of adding extra spark to snappy lines written especially for him, or, at least, for someone with his cocksure demeanor (see: “Natural Born Killers,” “Tropic Thunder,” “Sherlock Holmes”). The team behind the original “Iron Man” made the very best use of Downey's special gifts, brilliantly casting him – and not some obvious 25-year-old heartbreaker – as Tony Stark, Marvel Comics' profoundly arrogant playboy billionaire, whose shift from weapons manufacturer to one-man-weapon-for-peace only further validated his womanizing, wisecracking lifestyle. The formula worked like gangbusters, and half the fun was watching Downey dive into a character that, to him and to us, was only too familiar.


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