The top-notch talent shows in ‘Iron Man 2’

Tony Stark’s got a problem with his heart in the new movie “Iron Man 2.”
The device that keeps him alive and powers his Iron Man costume is slowly killing him. What’s a superhero to do?
In the case of Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), the answer is to act in ways that are more bizarre than normal. If you saw “Iron Man” you know that’s a pretty high standard, but Downey is up to the task.
Sure, we can credit the script from Justin Theroux, but I suspect much of Stark’s unpredictably comes from Downey’s portrayal.
“Iron Man 2” is a highly entertaining movie, and talent has a lot to do with it.
Don Cheadle’s performance makes it easy to believe his Lt. Col. Rhodes and Stark are old friends who are going through an extremely tough time. Gwyneth Paltrow walks the line between girlfriend, nanny and boss as Pepper Potts.
Mickey Rourke makes an appropriately menacing bad guy, and Sam Rockwell has a knack for playing charming slimeballs.
But wait, there’s more. I wasn’t sure what to make of Natalaie Rushman (Scarlett Johansson) for most of the movie. Is she good? Is she bad? Is she bad in a good way? Always keep ’em guessing, right?
The special effects are seamless, as you’d expect. There are plenty of comedic moments, and there’s some drama, too. Tony Stark is dying, after all. Downey has the ability to show the pain behind this superhero’s narcissistic exterior.
If you’re not a fan of superhero movies, I think you can have a good time at “Iron Man 2,” even if you haven’t seen the first installment. This is a quality blockbuster. Congratulations to director John Favreau and his team.
I give “Iron Man 2” an A.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.

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Kelli Karlson with Wizard 106.7 gives “Iron Man 2″ an A. “I had a blast.: