Iron Man 2 Reviews
The only real qualm that I had with the first Iron Man was a weak villain, thankfully the studio corrected that in this iteration of the Iron Man.
Whiplash, Ivan Vanko, stands out as a worthy adversary in both the physical and intellectual field with Tony Stark, his meek upbringing contrasts nicely with the flashy and arrogant Tony making the dichotomy of the characters simply wonderful. You get this raw and vengeful character in Ivan and a flashy slick character from Tony that create the perfect amount of friction to start a fire. Sam Rockwell also plays Justin Hammer to perfection, but to be honest I'm just a HUGE Rockwell fan, if you haven't seen Moon...do yourself a favor.
Fantastic MCU film that scratches a little deeper into the Avenger Initiative, will absolutely watch again.
Sam Rockwell similarly gets the shaft after getting thrown into the crowded fray alongside Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, and Rourke. But for as little as his Justin Hammer (who criminally only reprises his role in a home video short and frequent in-universe name drops) contributes to the story, Rockwell is a delight when he's given the chance and, the film packs enough spectacle in its cool racetrack sequence and explosively fun finale to solicit a watch.