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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.
Cinema as unabashed heroism. A spirited expansion of Raimi's first installment but contained in feeling. If Spider-Man was a hokey (but beautifully earnest) origin story, Spider-Man 2 is a tightly plotted comic-book masterpiece, utilizing duality as a basis for the film's tender romance versus its unhinged, euphoric action set-pieces. With a brilliant villain in Doc Ock (wonderfully played by Alfred Molina/Rahad Jackson), this remarkable sequel builds conflict out of Peter Parker's personal relationships, allowing seeds from the original film to grow and blossom yet never restricting itself as a "sequel" that can't be viewed on its own.
Sam Raimi is the star of the show here even with the Grade-A cast of Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, J.K.…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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,…
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…
Rewatched this with Chris "Hack Fraud" Allred
We all had some laughs and I said a whole lot of nothing because I didn't want them to hear my voice very often so I just stood in awkward silence trying to watch the movie but my stream kept getting fucked up. Which was sad.
Thankfully "Spider-Man 2" is still a fantastic flick so I couldn't really give that much of a damn. Rewatching this after viewing more of Sam Raimi's filmography was a ton of fun since now I can catch more of the subtle nods to some of his earlier works.
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.
I know you think we can't be together, but can't you respect me enough to let me make my own decision? I know there'll be risks but I want to face them with you. It's wrong that we should be only half alive... half of ourselves. I love you. So here I am - standing in your doorway. I have always been standing in your doorway. Isn't it about time somebody saved your life?
Spider-Man 2 is a perfectly balanced film, encompassing all of the challenges Peter Parker faces as both a superhero, and as an underprivileged kid dealing with insecurities in Manhattan. Alfred Molina's Doctor Octopus remains one of the great supervillains to this day, solely for the reason…
Even more amazing
Focusing more on the man inside the spandex suit, Spider-Man 2 makes for a superhero movie with surprising emotional depth.
Spider man 2 is a great superhero film but I like the first film just a little more still love the film though.
GUYS THIS ACTUALLY HOLDS UP
I don't know why but for some reason I just felt like watching this tonight, I hadn't seen it since I was like.. fuck knows, 8 or someshit but God this film still feels as awesome as it did when I was a kid, when I was younger I used to just complain there wasn't enough actual Spider-Man action and too much winy Peter Parker shit, and to some aspects I'm still sorta right.. in my opinion anyway.
This time around I actually really felt for Parker's character, and really appreciated the performances in this movie, despite some obvious CGI and a non affective cringe inducing performance from James Franco I really like Spider-Man 2,…
Maybe the best superhero movie.
Peter's self-doubt and vulnerability take as it were centre stage where in Spider-Man they're balanced with his anxiety to please and impress and protect and defeat etc, so while the humanity in this is profound and even crushing, there's a safety in rock bottom that the first never allowed us.
This film is a masterpiece, that's pretty much all I can say about it. The sheer cheesiness and campiness of it, especially compared to 99% of superhero films nowadays, is something that can't be replicated. I'm a huge Sam Raimi fan so that obviously makes me a bit bias, but you can really tell it's a Raimi film because his style is so distinctly weird.
also pizza time
Still one of the best, if not THE best comic-book movies out there!
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…