Iron Man (126 min) Vs. Iron Man 2 (124 min) 

Two different movies, same director, and actors for the most part, with the exception a few replacements in the second one.  Let’s start with the first one. I have always been an Iron Man fan since I was a little kid.  I followed the comics and the cartoons religiously as a kid. So of course I was terribly excited when I heard they were making a movie, which also meant I had high expectations. I can safely say my expectations of this movie were met and exceeded. This movie is an instant super hero classic with good acting and great special effects.  It is the origins of Iron Man. A man by the name of Tony Stark, played by the great Robert Downey Jr. is the owner of a special weapons company called Stark Industries in which he makes and specializes weapons for the army. Mr. Stark is a very proud and cocky man and Downey Jr. does a great job of depicting that. Stark while on a business trip in Afghanistan promoting one of his weapons, is kidnapped by a group of terrorists who are very interested in Mr. Tony’s weapons.  When kidnapped Stark is fatally harmed but when in custody of the terrorists is kept alive by a machine attached to his heart but only so that he may build for the terrorists a weapon that is as catastrophic as a nuclear missile. Stark has plans of his own though, as he secretly works on a side project that he hopes will help him escape. At the same time is working on improvements for the machine attached to his heart that is keeping him alive. The project, which is a giant metal suit that has assorted guns and other weapons, does help Stark escape safely and successfully. Once back to civilization and his old cocky self, he returns to Stark Industries even though he was assumed dead. What others do not know is that he continues his iron suite project and perfects it into something of a revelation. This revelation soon turns into Iron Man, saving people being terrorized by terrorists. Like I said it is a classic super hero movie, with stunning special effects and good acting. The movie is well written with clever humor perfectly placed in. Which leads me to my next question? Does the sequel compare? Usually the sequel to any movie is not as good as the original. “Iron Man 2” is no exception, although it does come close. Smart Alec Tony Stark, still played by Robert Downey Jr. is back in this thrilling and crackerjack Iron Man sequel. Although not as good as the original it comes close with a great acting ensemble of Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, Don Cheedle, Samuel Jackson, Scarlett Johansson  and more, good special effects, and a good story to bring it all together. Stark is back and better than ever except for the fact that he is dying. His heart monitor is running out of juice. Along with that he faces an angry Russian (Mickey Rourke) bent on getting revenge on Tony for some past events. It is a solid sequel, and a solid movie, that could’ve been better than the original if it would’ve had more intense scenes with Rourke and Downey Jr. There is a scene where Tony goes to visit the Russian in a jail cell after their first violent encounter which could’ve been longer and more intense. Rourke and Jr. are both very talented actors who need to be given their chance. This movie, although as good as it is does that a little but not enough as it should. If it would’ve done that it would’ve have been a better movie than the first. In fact it would’ve been a great movie if it wasn’t for that. Besides that though, this movie is a very acceptable sequel to a very hard to follow original.All in all I would definitely recommend both Iron Man movies. They both have great acting ensembles, and special effects meshed together with cleverly written stories with added in humor that keep both movies entertaining to the max.  “Iron Man” is rated PG-13 for some intense scenes of sci-fi action and violence, and brief suggestive content. “Iron Man 2” is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some language.