What a shame. After a great first film, this second one is disappointing. There’s no moral dilemma plotwise to make it particularly interesting. First, there’s a sub-plot about how the paladium in Tony Stark’s chest is killing him – so it’s the mechanical heart that keeps him alive and gives him power, but it’s also the thing that’s giving him radioactive poisoning. Fortunately, an old box of memorabilia turns up telling him how to fix it. Easy as that. Then there’s the other sub-plot of it appearing that Stark’s father stole his ideas from a Russian called Vlenko. Vlenko’s son comes for revenge, using the same technology as Iron Man. But the son (played by Mickey Rourke) is just so evil that the viewer doesn’t care that he gets the short-end of the stick. The showdown between Vlenko and Stark lasts all of 5 secs. What’s the point of that?
Anything positive? Well, Downy Junior gets a load of smart alec lines that are often funny, but just as often he mutters them and they’re thrown away. Then we get some entertaining (if a little bizarre) cameos from Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury and Scarlet Johanson as the Black Widow. None of it’s enough to save this over-CGIed nonsense. I reckon it’s a 5/10.