Rating: PG-13, for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief suggestive content.
All the obligatory destruction you'd expect from a massive summer blockbuster -- especially a sequel based on a comic-book superhero -- is on full display here. It's the stuff of computer-generated imagery but, you know, still spectacular. A rocket eviscerates Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr.) cliffside Shangri-La high above the Malibu shore, for example. It's not exactly frightening stuff, but it can be harrowing. Tony's main squeeze, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), also finds herself in peril, but finds her inner iron woman eventually. And oh yes, the whole thing is propelled by a terrorist plot, but it's really more of an idea that provides the opportunity for us to gawk at more cool gadgetry.