John Debney

Iron Man 2

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Composer John Debney had to contend with a near constant barrage of classic AC/DC songs when putting together his score for the second installment in director Jon Favreau's Iron Man series. In the first film, composer Ramin Djawadi failed to establish a memorable theme for the famed Marvel superhero. Debney remedies that with “I Am Iron Man,” a rousing, heroic, old-fashioned blast of all American guts and glory that sounds ripped (in a good way) from an old A-Team episode. Antagonist Ivan Venko’s theme is appropriately muscular and Russian sounding, while action cues are beefy and peppered with bursts of distorted guitar (presumably a nod to Angus Young's omnipresent riffage), resulting in a score that’s more than worthy of its narcissistic, heavily armored protagonist.

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