Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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.
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 bog 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…
It has taken me over ten years to finally see one of Sam Raimi's Spider Man films. Universally loved by every comic book fan, a big budget outing for the web-slinger was long overdue, and with Batman, Superman and X-Men ringing up massive box office numbers, Marvel unleashed 3 Spidey films in 5 years to coin in some cash of their own.
This second film in the franchise from Raimi sees Tobey Maguire struggling with his double life as a photographer for the Bugle and his extracurricular activities as Spider Man. His life however is about to spiral out of control as he faces his most dangerous enemy in the form of Doctor Octopus, a scientist whose mind and body…
The best Spiderman film ever made. One of my favorite movies.
Dr Octopus (who I felt sorry for) is the only reason that this movie is better than the first. He is a relatable villian therefore I found it easier to connect with him. Otherwise, it was just the same old story with a different villian for Spiderman to defeat.
There's a moment in this film that always gets me. It's so telegraphed and obvious, but I still find it effective. It happens when Spiderman is desperately trying to stop a train. He has been de-masked and is doing all he can, and then in a hyperdose of Christ symbolism he outstretches his arms and shoots bolt after bolt of web on to the buildings. With great difficulty and strain the train eventually stop and Peter Parker is exhausted. There is a close up of his midsection as he falls forward and then the moment. A hand reaches out to catch him, and then another. And then Parker's limp body is brought into the train and carried above the heads…
Well Sam Raimi gave a hell of good kick-off with the first Spider-Man, then he launched the character into not only his best outing thus far but also one of the best outings for a comic book character.
Spider-Man 2 returns to find Peter Parker, your neighbourhood Spider-Man struggling under the weight of his responsibilities, trying to hold down a job, keep up with school, be there for his friends, family, and the girl he can never be with, Mary Jane. Frustrated, Peter begins to rethink his role as Spider-Man just as the out of control Doctor Octopus arises to destroy New York.
Spider-Man 2's first big improvement is the story, putting all of it's focus on Peter and his…
It sure is a Sam Raimi movie. Look, I will totally concede that this film jas a million times more personality than any superhero movie made today, but I just cannot deal with the fucking comic book-y dialogue. People just outright saying what they're feeling at every moment is just not good writing! The wacky humor strangely detracts for me as well. That train sequence is fantastic, though.
My review -- this film is now on DVD and to make this film review stand out a little, I thought I would tackle this film slightly differently in the sense that this film is roughly 128 minutes long I would tackle the first hour or so to begin with and then the second hour or so. Well the first hour is very enjoyable, it has a beautiful pace and it doesn't really miss anything out, it keeps the viewer nicely involved without too much problems. The storyline between Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire has been moved on, but not so far as to create this disjointed feeling, the scenery and special effects are absolutely fantastic and they should be…
Doc Oct is cool,
toby whatshisface ain't
Holds up incredibly well.
Ten years on and it's still the best comic book movie I have seen.
Great superhero movie, entertaining.
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Every film Roger Ebert has given a four-star rating. This is an ongoing project.
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