It was only 2 years ago that non-comic book fans didn't really know who Iron Man was. Then Jon Favreau's incredibly entertaining film was released, and everyone knew of playboy Tony Stark and his alter ego. Much of the success of the first film was due to Robert Downey, Jr., an incredibly gifted actor who really made Stark come to life. Iron Man 2 is a really good movie, and while it doesn't equal the first, it comes close, again on the shoulders of Downey, Jr.
Stark has a lot to deal with in this movie. Besides being slowly killed by poisoning from his power source, he has to deal with the government trying to use his suit for military purposes, his rival Justin Hammer (played by the always entertaining Sam Rockwell) creating a rival army of iron men, and Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke, who seems to have taken lessons from DeNiro about how to have a completely fake accent and still be awesome), whose major beef with Stark puts him on the warpath. Never mind Scarlett Johansson as a legal rep/martial arts expert and Sam Jackson returning as Nick Fury, still trying to recruit Stark into his secret society. Movies like this are sometimes hard to follow, and this one is no different. There are times when I got lost, but, while I usually mind, here I didn't. There's so much fun to be had here that the lapses in plot and timeline (which I usually hate) didn't bother me at all. Sometimes I wished there was more focus on fewer stories and characters, but most of the time, I just went along for the fun. And when your hero is as charismatic as Downey Jr.'s Stark, there a lot of fun to be had.