Iron Man 2

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(2010) ★★

Film4: PREMIERE Thursday 12 November, 9pm

“I am Iron Man!” Tony Stark tells the globe’s gathered news crews. “I have successfully privatised world peace!” Robert Downey Jr returns as the narcissistic billionaire industrialist for another bout of heavy metal mayhem that’s wildly self-indulgent and excessive without ever being genuinely mental. Hey, if it walks like a big-budget studio picture and it talks like a big-budget studio picture, chances are that’s exactly what it is.

Conventional Killbots stuff and, worse, often as blasé as its hero, with a plot full of verbose scenes more suited to the boardroom. Still, Marvel Comics must be agog at the quality of the cast: Gwyneth Paltrow is back as Pepper Potts, Samuel L. Jackson is Nick Fury, Don Cheadle replaces Terrence Howard as ‘Dusty’ Rhodes, and that’s still Paul Bettany as the voice of Stark’s computer.

The best performance is by Sam Rockwell as Stark’s slippery corporate rival. As for Downey, nothing seems to impress him except Scarlett Johansson’s green eyes. Not everyone appears to be in on the back-slapping joke. Because Mickey Rourke, bless him, plays vengeful Russian physicist Ivan Vanko as if he’s in The Brothers Karamazov. Even when he’s shooting sparks out of his fingers. Incidentally, there is no physics in the picture. In common with other comic book movies in the CGI era, most of the action is unfeasible, which tends to be the opposite of awesome. We are not talking RoboCop here.

Certificate: 12

Duration: 120min

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Other Showings Date & Time
Film4 Wednesday, 18 November at 9:00PM