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.
(Film 42 of Toby's Attempt At The December Project)
Everyone claims to watch this for the action scenes (which are pretty awesome) and the fact it's a well made superhero movie in general, but let's face it, the real reason everyone watches this is for JK Simmons' possibly psychotic newspaper editor. Anyone who claims otherwise is obviously lying.
The first time I saw this film I thought it was fine. It did not hold up to scrutiny very well on this rewatch.
I'll start with the positives. Molina is fantastic as the villain. Where I felt Defoe really overacted rather badly as the Green Goblin, Molina manages to underplay the role of comic book villain really well. I'm not saying that he is well written (I'll get to that later), but the performance is excellent.
I also really liked Elfman's score. It had great character and the returning villain motif was really good. The film is also paced really well as the two hours seem to whiz by. This is also due to some wonderful action sequences, most…
Most action blockbusters these days seem to exist as commercials for themselves. Every 10-minute chunk of film has to have at least one huge super-fight, a couple of "quotable" one-liners, and some iconic imagery to put in the trailer. Spider-Man 2 seems to have come to fruition along the exact opposite principle: Not only does Peter Parker spend half the movie sans superpowers, he also seems on the verge of tears most of the time. It's tough being a boring white guy, with or without Spider-sense.
This narrative audacity would count for a lot more if the movie weren't so tonally uneven. Broad, almost sketch-comedy-like comic scenes are thrown together with good old-fashioned sentimentality, like Aunt May saying "there's a…
With eight years of retrospection, it is a minor miracle that Spider-Man 2 has aged relatively unscathed. It’s refreshing to see a director’s vision complete a full arc of a story without the baggage of studio interference. Spider-Man 3 and the new reboot are evidence we now have that when the studio takes control, we get a clusterfuck. You need a consistent vision with these tricky superhero stories and the second you force story elements and force questionable character motivations to move the plot as a cop out, you’ve lost me completely. Spider-Man 2 can thankfully breathe as a mostly organic story and leaves many choices to be made by the characters without forcing the plot by lazy screenwriting.
Part of The Ultimate Marvel Movie Marathon
This film is a massive improvement over the dated original. Gone are the studio influences and power rangers vibe, instead we get a truly balanced and exciting entry which doesn't stray from the fun and spectacle of the Spider-Man character. Yes it's bright, yes it's breezy, but it has its heart in the right place and portrays the tone of the comics/cartoons perfectly.
The main villain is fantastic, Doc Ock has to be one of the most iconic villains from the Spidey universe and here he is completely used to his potential. His eight limbs are constantly moving, the camera weaving breathlessly whenever he's in motion on screen, with Raimi pulling out…
I'm a fan of Sam Raimis Spider Man trilogy, it's much better than the crappy Amazing Spider Man reboot. A thing I think that is underrated about this film is the music it's really quite good it's pretty much the same tune but played at different styles to create different tones
Alfred Molina a fantastic actor gives a brilliant in depth misunderstood portrayal of Doc Ock, Alfred Molina makes you feel sympathy for Doc Ock, it would not be the same if it had not had Molina it's one of the best villain movie portrays.
We also see a wide variety of genres shown in this movie, genres like action, romance, drama and comedy. I especially like the comedy scenes with Peter and his Eastern European landlord.
A phenomenal follow up to Raimi's first Spider-man. And holds up as one of the best comic book movies ever. Unfortunately, the breadcrumbs leading to a Lizard villain film are lost once the franchise was killed by the part three in the Raimi series.
Spider-Man 2 just feels like a poor man's version of the first movie and just so much of this film is silly and nonsensical, and not in a good way.
Reliant almost solely on plot convenience, everything just seems to fit together a little too conveniently. It's a fun little movie, don't get me wrong, but it just isn't that good.
I mean I'm glad it feels like a genuine sequel for once and there are bigger laughs and bigger set pieces but I just don't think it works as well overall.
Sam Raimi just can't stop indulging himself throughout Spider-Man 2. Sometimes, like the homage to his Evil Dead series during Doc Ock's escape from surgery, it works; other times it seems odd like the "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" sequence or the horror movie reaction shots of random women in crowds.
Early on I felt he was dangerously close to derailing the film with too much focus on Peter Parker continuing to mope about MJ and a ridiculous action sequence involving Aunt May that showed off how there's still a long way to go before filmmakers truly grasp how to use CGI in a way that's consistently believable. I also found the explanation for Doctor Octopus' extra limbs to…
No visas franšīzes tieši šī varētu būt mana iecienītākā Zirnekļcilvēka filma. Atceros vēl no bērnības, kad skatījos MARVEL animācijas seriālus, tieši Doktors Oktapuss šķita viskolorītākais no Spaidija ienaidniekiem. Reimi labi izdevās adaptēt šo varoni uz lielā ekrāna.
Still the best Marvel movie.
What I discussed that I didn't like about the first Spider-Man can be read here.
I'm linking that review to this one because the criticisms I had for the first installment I also have for the second one. Just change the casting a smidge and the fact that the action sequences look a little better (looks like 2 years does a lot for visual and special effects). But other than that, same criticisms.
Okay okay, I actually do think it's a tiny bit better in terms of aging. BUT ONLY A TINY BIT!
FUCK YEAH SEQUELS!
A moving and insightful portrait of a young man tragically suffering from early-onset impotence.