“Iron Man 2” features Tony Stark with more of a “devil may care” attitude than ever. He gets drunk in the film, says “Yes, Dear” to a senator, makes lewd remarks and inserts Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) as the CEO of his company, despite a lot of opposition. Yet he is heroic at times and refuses to give up the Iron Man armor in case it is needed again for national security. He shows a tender side when he sees his father in an old film clip and his father addresses him, saying something he had never heard him say to his face. Stark displays his humorous side in the movie when referring to Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) as a “hammeroid”.
The movie grinds along slowly in spots but Mickey Rourke is excellent as the Russian villain Ivan Vanko and the film features some great special effects when his character uses energy bolts to attack drivers at the Grand Prix, including Tony Stark. This leads to an energetic fight. Vanko’s master plan is revealed near the movie’s conclusion and the film nicely builds to a spectacular climax which includes Iron Man taking on several armor clad military enemies.
Regrettably, the movie contains a few strong sexual comments and innuendos, strong language and a violence level which is beyond our Dove family-friendly guidelines. We therefore are unable to award the film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.