Rourke is a bit better. He’s mighty creepy running around without a shirt on and a metal plate in his big mouth, but his acting is basically a caricature of Russian stereotypes.
The new star that actually works is Sam Rockwell, who plays Tony’s other enemy, fellow industrialist Justin Hammer. He steals every scene he’s in with his asshole ‘tude. The scene where he shows off his bag of big guns, or rather, his case of overcompensation, is gold, especially when he brings out the one he calls “The Ex-Wife.” The only thing off about him is his hands. They look like they’ve gone on a permanent man-tan vacation.Thank Stan Lee, Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow are still perfect in their roles as business partners and lovers, Tony and Pepper. Unfortunately, they don’t get enough scenes together. Their banter is what brings the Iron Man movie machine to life.
At one point, Pepper turns to Tony and says, “Not everyone runs on batteries.” Maybe she should have a talk with Jon Favreau. C+
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell and Mickey Rourke. Directed by Jon Favreau. 124 minutes. PG-13