Tony Stark(Robert Downey Jr) enjoys being the Iron Man now. As per his dad’s wishes, Tony kicks off an year long Stark Expo. On the way back from the expo, Tony is served a subpoena to appear before Senate Committee. At the Senate committee, Senator Stern(Garry Shandling) along with Justin Hammer(Sam Rockwell), a Stark-rival, forces Tony to handover the Iron Man “weapon” to the government. In order to further twist Tony’s arm, Senator Stern deliberately misinterprets a report by Lt. Colonel James “Rhody” Rhodes(Don Cheadle), Tony’s best friend. But, Tony does not succumb to the pressure and puts Stern and Hammer in a tight position before extricating himself.
Unknown to even his personal assistant Pepper Potts(Gwyneth Paltrow), Tony’s health is deteriorating because of the palladium in the arc reactor which keep his alive. Despite trying, Tony is not able to tell this to Pepper. Seeing the imminent death, Tony makes Pepper the new CEO of Stark Industries. He also hires Natalie Rushman(Scarlett Johansson) in Pepper’s old position. After handing over control to Pepper, Tony leaves for Monaco. At Monaco, Tony enters a car race. But, he is confronted by Ivan Vanko(Mickey Rourke) who has also created an arc reactor like that of Tony and also possesses a whip which wields electricity. Tony captures Ivan thanks to the timely intervention by Pepper and Happy Hogan(Jon Favreau). Ivan in the police custody accuses Tony’s father of stealing the technology made by Ivan’s father. Later, Ivan escapes from the prison with the help of Hammer. Ivan agrees to help Hammer in building better combat units and subsequently displacing Stark Industries.
Now, the government is closing on Tony to release the Iron Man technology. He is confronted by his friend Rhodey who also steals an armor from Tony’s repository. Tony is approached by Nick Fury(Samuel L Jackson) the director of SHIELD. Vanko makes good progress with combat units. Tony’s health worsens. The rest of the story deals with how Tony deals with all of these.
Jon Favreau returns to direct the sequel to the hugely successful Iron Man. Like in the first one, the sequel also heavily depends on visual effects. This time around, there are too many characters resulting in overcrowding the screen. As there are too many characters, a lot of time goes in explaining the stories or motives associated with each. So, the major part of the movie is conversational and the action heats up only towards the last 20 minutes. This comes as a major disappointment. The first movie had good amount of action interspersed with the story telling.
Robert Downey Jr is excellent as Tony Stark. He makes the character cocky and confident. He is a bit more mature than the first movie but still unpredictable. Micky Rourke is menacing without putting in much efforts. Sam Rockwell is funny. The rest of the cast fits the bill.
If you are expecting action, then this is the wrong movie! If you want to see Tony Stark and enjoy his unpredictable behavior along with his one-liners, go for this one.