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Spider-Man 2 (2004)
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Review Date: June 28, 2004
Director: Sam Raimi
Writer: Alvin Sargent
Producers: Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad
Actors:
Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker
Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson
Alfred Molina as Doc Ock
Plot:
Peter Parker has postponed his love toward Mary Jane because he doesn't want to put her at any risk as he continues to sling his spidery webs across New York City, saving all those in need. Unfortunately for all involved, a new villain named Doc Ock is in town and he wants to find Spidey through Peter Parker, forcing him to face his identity crisis, his feelings for MJ, his issues with best bud Harry Osborn and his guilt over his expired uncle Ben. Spider-Man, Spider-Man...does whatever a spider can...
Critique:
A fun adventure filled with all of our friends from the first installment, a little grown up, still confused about their lives and trying to deal with the consequences of one Peter Parker lacing it up as Spider-Pants, while a new baddie by the name of Doc Ock meddles into everyone's affairs. I really liked this movie, but not as much as the first one, mostly because I don't think it took it all to that other level, the same way X2 did for X-MEN, with its grander characters, its grander story-lines and its grander action sequences. The film does get into more details about Peter Parker's sad-sack character, grappling with questions about his identity, his love for MJ, the relationship with his Aunt and best buddy Harry, but it seemed to spend too much time on that with very few new tangents developed. In that sense, I don't think this film necessarily broke any major new ground, and when you're a blockbuster the size of the SPIDER-MAN franchise, I guess I expected more freshness. That aside, the film still managed to enrapture me into its groovy comic-book world, just as its predecessor had, as well as its zippy pace, well-rounded relationships, cool bad guy and kickass action sequences (the entire subway sequence is likely the best action scene that I've seen so far this year) The film does play things quite a bit "darker" in this go-around though, with a certain "depressed" feel about it at times. Parker is down and out about his situation, both as Webhead and vis-ŗ-vis his lost love MJ, who's about to marry another man. MJ is confused about her feelings toward Peter and his feelings toward her. Aunt May is having financial difficulties and finding it hard to get by without Uncle Ben (she's also whoring herself out on the streets...just kidding). Harry is one of the bitterest men I've ever seen and drinking like a fish (he's the Arrow?) The film is scattered with a handful of scenes in which one character or the other, tears up for the camera-not exactly a "selling point" for a fun, summer, action flick, but part of its character development.

I say all that because these bits might turn some people off, particularly the younger generation (dabnabbit!), who don't really go to see movies like this for the deeper analyses of character, but I personally liked the fact that they played things a little gloomier this time around -- kinda reminded me of DAREDEVIL and HULK -- two films which I also enjoyed in that way. Doc Ock, played with panache by the great Alfred Molina, was also a perfect new villain to bring into the fold, if only because his metal tentacles were so damn cool and creepy. I only wish they would have spent more time with him as well. Once he's "transformed" into Dr. Octopus, we don't really get to delve into his psyche much. That said, the film does complete its circles by closing most of the open-ended questions left by the first film, as well as this one, with one character after the other providing their best impressions of "closure" during its conclusion. The film also sports plenty of winks, in-jokes, cameos, nods and such (although for the love of Jesus...give Bruce Campbell a "real" part already!), a very cool opening sequence that flashes us through the last film via animation, a very welcomed cameo by Kirsten Dunst's nipples-through-wet-shirt (although she didn't exactly look all that great throughout the rest of the film), a nifty montage featuring "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head", as well as an "old school" Raimi sequence in which Doc Ock goes ballistic in an operating room. Nice touch. The CGI also improved in this go-around, but was still far-from-perfect and detectable in many scenes, particularly the awful helicopters in the final shot (why even have them there?) Overall, I'm quite sure that anyone who enjoyed the first film will appreciate this one with plenty of entertainment value for your buck, a decent amount of action scenes interspersed with plenty of human drama and emotion, laughs here and there, romance, a touch of darkness, a cool baddie and all the spider-webbing that you can sling into your fanboy pants!
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11:34AM on 12/30/2005
Spider-man 2 picks up a few months after the first one left off and basically has to do with whether or not our hero can be both a hero and a regular Joe. And the movie does a good job in showing what a hard time Peter Parker is having trying to be both. It shows how his living arrangements, relationships with friends and family and love interests, work and school suck! You kind of feel sorry for the guy.

In the meantime, Spider-man has to deal with another supervillain, Dock Ock, portrayed
Spider-man 2 picks up a few months after the first one left off and basically has to do with whether or not our hero can be both a hero and a regular Joe. And the movie does a good job in showing what a hard time Peter Parker is having trying to be both. It shows how his living arrangements, relationships with friends and family and love interests, work and school suck! You kind of feel sorry for the guy.

In the meantime, Spider-man has to deal with another supervillain, Dock Ock, portrayed excellently and perfectly by Alfred Molina. He's got a kickass evil smile that just makes you want to grin wickedly on your own. He adapted well to his "extra arms" that was required with the role. I was also more impressed with Tobey Maguire's performance than the last time around. His showings of guilt, exhaustion, confliction, and everything that told us that he's tired of having to deal with both lives came out well in his role. You really feel for the guy who's trying to do the right thing for both characters. Kirsten Dunst is still hot and perfect as Mary Jane, and I can't wait to see what James Franco does in the third one. Throw in some cameos from people in the first and the cast really kicks ass - again.

The movie is kind of split in halves where the first deals with Peter Parker's troubles and the second deals with Spidey's problems with his eight-limbed rival. The fight sequences are really spectacular with tentacles, spider webs, and fists being thrown every which way (most of the time not on the ground, but on a building), and it's difficult to tell everything that actually happened during the sequences because everything is moving really quickly. Most of the fights are delegated to the end, but there is one in the first half where most of the story concentrated on Parker's troubles. It was a nice addition. The first half does drag on a little too long, but once the fight scenes commence, it goes into overdrive. Also, after all the battles, the movie starts setting up the third Spider-man movie, and it does it really, really well. I'm already excited about it.

Other than the first half being a bit too long and overdrawn, there is one other thing that bothered me and that is the hero being compared to Jesus. There was a moan from the theatre audience when this scene popped up, luckily it was shortlived but it was a bit over the top. He's a superhero, not God.

Sam Raimi definitely has another great superhero movie on his hands. With exciting action, good story, awesome characters, personal and inner conflict, good laughs, love, and an ending that not only suprised me but set up another sequel very well. You can also kind of predict a little conflict between the two leads in the next one. But for now, I'll just say that this movie definitely was worth the wait.
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11:11AM on 07/25/2005

The greatest superhero movie and my favorite movie of all time

They should of stuck with the Amazing Spider-Man title for the this movie because this movie is nothing short of amazing.

I'll admit that I am a Spider-Man fanboy but I am not trying to be biased in my review, I love this movie. Everything in this movie is flawless (I know there are a few mistakes but work with me here), something not found in films nowadays. The acting was top notch, everybody did a great job. Tobey Maguire shines as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and I agree with Roger Ebert that
They should of stuck with the Amazing Spider-Man title for the this movie because this movie is nothing short of amazing.

I'll admit that I am a Spider-Man fanboy but I am not trying to be biased in my review, I love this movie. Everything in this movie is flawless (I know there are a few mistakes but work with me here), something not found in films nowadays. The acting was top notch, everybody did a great job. Tobey Maguire shines as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and I agree with Roger Ebert that he should have been up for an Oscar in that role. Alfred Molina does a damn good job playing Otto Octavius/Doctor Octopus or Doc Ock. That was a good casting job; I doubt anybody could play Ock better. Rosemary Harris (Aunt May) and J.K. Simmons (J. Jonah Jameson) both play their roles as if the character came straight out of the comics. I couldn't imagine anybody else playing those roles, those two are the characters. James Franco keeps on surprising me, I didnít know if he could take on the role of Harry Osborn in the sequel just on the merit of having to play a down and depressed drunk who wants to get revenge. But I have to admit he was fine and was very believable. Kristin Dunst does a good job as Mary Jane Watson, she wouldnít be my first pick as MJ but if she keeps on doing the nipple thing through a wet t-shirt Iíll live with it.

The story is down right awesome. You never see the superhero in more personal problems then just having to beat the bad guy and save the day. In SM2 Parker gives up his mantle not wanting to be the superhero he once was. He just wants to live a normal, ordinary life, but then figures out what he has to do...and the real meaning behind his Uncle Ben's famous words. I can only think of one time where the superhero stops being the hero he once was (Superman II) for the love a woman, and this movie plays great homage to The Amazing Spider-Man issue #50. I love how they used Doc Ock in this movie; I think his character was changed around for the better. His origin was good, and you could tell it was all Raimi when Ock wakes up in the hospital.

The action scenes were tremendous. I was getting worried for a while, but then I saw the train sequence. The train sequence is the best action sequence I have seen in recent memory and I was happy to see the CGI to be a lot better then what the original had.

This movie is, and in my eyes, always be my favorite movie of all time and the greatest superhero movie ever made...and it isn't just because the superhero is wearing red & blue tights and can spin a web.
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