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 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…
In the pages of comic book lore, there is one essential superhero: Spider-Man. As the wall-crawling, web-slinging protector of New York City, Spidey represents the base qualities of every hero. He's good-natured, courageous, self-sacrificing, and above all human. Grounded by everyday problems and concerns, Peter Parker nonetheless wears the mantle of Spider-Man, helping the innocent and stopping crime and every turn. In his case, the two identities are intertwined, with one overpowering the other through its sheer existence. Peter Parker could easily toss the suit away and lead a successful life without being a hero, but he chooses not to. He has a responsibility to do the right thing, because chance has given him the ability to do it.
Raimi's second chapter of the superhero series brilliantly captures the essence of Spider-Man and what it means to be a hero.
Not just the best comic book movie of all time, or Sam Raimi's most assured film, or a tonally perfect blockbuster but just, in a very general sense, a great movie. A very great one.
I was a huge fan of this movie when I was a kid. I haven’t seen this movie in years, and decided that I needed to revisit it. The film both blew me away, and completely underwhelmed me. Which was surprising. What I remembered being great about the movie, wasn’t all that great this time. And what I didn’t remember at all, but now can appreciate due to my film knowledge that I didn’t have back when I was 11, was freaking amazing. Alright, so one thing I remembered about the movie was how hilarious it was. I went in this time expecting the script to be really well written. Unfortunately, I have to say, the script of Spider-Man 2…
Spider-Man 2 is what fans dream about when the sequal to a movie as fantastic as Spider-Man is announced. Topping a film as great as that one is a definite challenge, but it seems to happen more and more each passing year. Sequals like this one, X2: X-Men United, T2: Judgement Day, The Dark Knight, and others all have one thing in common. Beyond just being a "sequal", they managed to outdo their predecessors in almost every way. Spider-Man 2 is not only a great sequal, it is one of the best comic book movies ever made. It doesn't go for the mature adult feel that The Dark Knight has. On the contrary, Spider-Man 2 maintains that corny camp and…
Now this one isn't overatted Spiderman 2 is a really good superhero movie I loved it, it works as a superhero movie, it works as a romance movie, it works as a fantastic flick overall, the main reason the movie is good is because of Dr Octupus as the villain.
It'll be harder to top this as a Spider-Man movie or a superhero movie.
To this day there has not been a single movie that I have been more excited for than Spider-Man 2. Being a huge fan of the first one, along with being a little kid the anticipation was just killing me, and it delivered. Along with the first Spider-Man movie, this might be my favorite comic book movie. Not only because it holds a large amount of nostalgia for me, but because it was a brilliantly told story about a young man struggling to balance out his personal life when he's a superhero trying to do good.
Director Sam Raimi just knows the character of Spider-Man inside out, you can feel his love and passion throughout the movie. The way he…
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Every film Roger Ebert has given a four-star rating. This is an ongoing project.
- Pulp Fiction
- Fight Club
- Blade Runner
- The Big Lebowski
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of…