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There's a hero in all of us.
Peter Parker is going through a major identity crisis. Burned out from being Spider-Man, he decides to shelve his superhero alter ego, which leaves the city suffering in the wake of carnage left by the evil Doc Ock. In the meantime, Parker still can't act on his feelings for Mary Jane Watson, a girl he's loved since childhood.
One of the finest sequels ever made and still counted amongst the greatest superhero flicks in existence, Spider-Man 2 is a remarkable follow-up to its already-impressive predecessor that skilfully builds upon the solid foundation provided by the first film, presents significant upgrades in each filmmaking aspect and beautifully balances all its elements to succeed as not just a de-facto standard of its genre but also as one of the best films of its year.
Set two years after the events of the first film, the story of Spider-Man 2 finds Peter Parker struggling to balance his personal life & his obligations as Spider-Man. His love interest is engaged to someone else, his grades have been steadily declining and he also seems…
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Funny how the greatest superhero movie ever made is not even about the superhero, but the man behind the mask.
For all intents and purposes, this should really be called Peter Parker 1 instead of Spider-Man 2, because the film is about him as a person, not about Spider-Man as a hero. It's about a guy trying to live a life full of intrusions from his superhero alter-ego, rather than a story about a superhero trying to save the world while real life intrudes.
And that's really why this is such a great film. We're made to really care about Peter's life and how terrible it has become since he became Spider-Man. He can't work a simple pizza delivery job,…
imagine this in today's market: a superhero movie that simply finds the main character struggling with a difficult romance, making him emotionally vulnerable, while he battles a single villain whose inner turmoil neatly parallels his own. even the perfunctory setup for the next installment at least builds organically on already-developed relationships from the first movie. i think the middle act of this (Peter losing his powers, the will-they-or-won't-they stuff with MJ, and the weirdly pointless bits about Aunt May moving to a new apartment) really bogs things down; structurally it's a mess. but i'm prepared to forgive a lot solely for the El-train sequence, as exciting and resonant a comic-book movie action scene as you're likely to ever get. and Raimi, high on the clout he got from the first one, is allowed to go absolutely wild whenever he can. it's doubly refreshing to remember that movies like this used to be actually directed.
Now this is a superhero movie. Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2 is a complex human story mixed with fantastic action sequences that still hold up beautifully. The camp is there, but not over done like the first of Raimi's films. It's a film of exceptional assurance, so supremely confident with itself that you can't help but sit back and marvel (no pun intended) at the craftsmanship laid in front of your eyes.
The Awesome: Don't give me any of that crap about Andrew Garfield being Spider-Man. No, just no. Toby Maguire brings charisma, awkwardness and a sense of misdirection to the character of Peter Parker, and wears the AMAZING suit of Spider-Man with confidence and wit. The characters work, the action…
With the exception of some scenes in which Spider-Man was flying through the cityscape, which looked more as if he was soaring the skies of a Grand Theft Auto game, the special effect of this second entry into the Spider-Man trilogy were a vast upgrade in comparison to its predecessor. Graphics were, however, not the only thing that was subjected to a much needed upgrade. The story was smarter, more dramatic and, above all, considerably funnier. Take the slow elevator scene for example or how most of the intense sentimental passages were directly followed by an effective gag; some of those totally got me by surprise, ensuing some genuine hilarity. I think it’s safe to state that the first hour…
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Spiderman 2 was better than the original, even though green goblin was a good villain, dok ock (Molina) with his mechanical tentacles is a much better villain, harry osborne's hatred for spiderman only increases but when he finds out that peter is spiderman as he was about to kill him, he is unsure of what to think about him until the end. mary jane finally shows her true feelings for peter on the day of her wedding with astronaut John Jameson son of the bugle chief j. Jonah jameson who hates spiderman and thinks he is a criminal.
"Tell her not to open the caviar."
Still the best Spider-Man movie.
Much more mature than the first one, leading to a more interesting story and a better film overall. The drama surrounding Spider-Man is more fleshed out in this one, and the problems are more believable. Instead of just a cartoony action film, like the first one, this is a comic book film with a more compelling story and realistic characters, not to mention better action and a superior villain - though one not seen nearly enough. Some of the romance still needs work, though, and there are long stretches where nothing happens, scenes that would have been better served by including the villain and advancing the main plot. Still, this is an improvement over the first film, and a great…
This is a movie possessed of a few great human moments—Peter confessing to May the truth of what happened to Ben and the train scene both stand out—but I don't buy much else that surrounds them. It's all so light and fluffy, and—more importantly—easy.
Additionally, the conceit that Peter's abilities short out because he's not committed enough—what is that? The inability to make this register fully is almost terminal, because Spider-Man 2 is the Maguire show, and this plot element begins to disintegrate upon thought.
Apropos of this character focus, it's trouble because Franco is barely in the movie, relegated to prepping the sequel; and Dunst features in imperceptibly meaningful ways beyond how she advances Maguire. Molina puts in a…
THE definitive superhero movie. Also one of the first dvd's I owned - so i've seen it too many times to count and practically know all the dialogue - but it still holds up so that's something.
First off this film is practically a masterpiece compared to its predecessor, which I loathe with all my being, while I don't feel it is as bad as the first one this film is nowhere good. Maguire is still awful, his chemistry with Dunst is a little better but overall there relationship or potential relationship feels fake, and unrealistic.
Alfred Molina is better then Willem Dafoe and feels more like an actual human then Dafoe did, he is the strongest portion of this film, however his transition to being the big bad guy is rapid any annoying, he literally decides that the best way to get over his wife's death is by doing the experiment again. Franco is pretty bad…
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
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