Director: Jon Favreau. Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jon Favreau, Garry Shandling, Paul Bettany (voice). 124 min. Rated PG-13. Action.
Forget the critics: Iron Man 2 is supposed to be pure entertainment, and that's exactly what it is. Not as character-driven as the other great superhero sequels, Spider-man 2 and Dark Knight, but still worthy of praise. Mickey Rourke as Whiplash is one of the most interesting supervillains ever - one of those whom you keep waiting for his next scene (with all his ugly features, I've yet to see a movie that isn't overshadowed by Rourke's movie charisma). And with all the quarrel that happened after replacing Terence Howard for Don Cheadle, I think Cheadle was the correct choice.
(PS #1: Watch for Captain America's shield in Tony Stark's lab.)
(PS #2: Wait till the end of the end credits! There's a big surprise from a future Avenger!)