REVIEW: Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Peter Parker is beset with troubles in his failing personal life as he battles a brilliant scientist named Doctor Otto Octavius, who becomes Doctor Octopus (aka Doc Ock), after an accident causes him to bond psychically with mechanical tentacles that do his bidding.

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Review:

I apparently wasn’t the only one who held a few things against the first installment of the Spider-Man franchise, as Sam Raimi and company went out of their way to correct every wrong in the previous film in this far superior sequel. The cast has grown into their characters and are now believable in the world they exist within.

I gave the first film some crap for it’s overuse of either intentional or accidental cheese factor. Thankfully, Spider-Man 2 loses almost all of it’s cheese appeal. Granted, there is still a fair amount of it present, but not enough to pull away from the film. Tobey Maquire is Peter Parker in this movie. Although, I would have liked the “poor Peter” aspect to be downplayed a bit in this series, I feel it works wonders in Spider-Man 2.

The new villian, Doctor Octopus is one of the best transitions from comic book to film. There’s an obvious motive behind his actions, as well as personality, making the viewer not fully view Doc Ock as an evil character. This could have been handled a bit better, but for what it’s worth, it works nice enough to pass as being a negative aspect of the film.

Again, Kirsten Dunst seems lost, but that’s not entirely her fault. To be honest, she has no reason in even being within range of a comic book movie, let alone Spider-Man. Everything about her is just wrong. She’s not relatable, quite annoying, and let’s be truthful, not pretty. Mary Jane is supposed to be a drop-dead gorgeous red-head and in the movies she’s just the real life girl next door. Not the fictional version. She’s the girl you’d bang when you’re lonely and chugging down a 40oz. Not the girl you’d lose your mind over and kill for.

The action scenes in Spider-Man 2 are a vast improvement over those found within the first, due to an increase in the budget. The scenes are actually enjoyable this time around, because we’re not basically watching two toys get smacked into one another, but I digress…

Spider-Man 2 is one of the best superhero films to-date. With great storytelling, believable characters, and a nice doss of action sequences, this sequel is one of the few that can rightfully claim to overcome it’s predecessor.

8/10

Theatrical Trailer:

Best Scenes:

Credits:

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Written by: Alvin Sargent

Cast: Tobey Maquire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Alfred Molina, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons, Willem Dafoe, Bruce Campbell

Runtime: 127 minutes

Rated PG-13 for stylized action violence.

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