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…
Great superhero movie, entertaining.
One of the best superhero movies of all time!
Of all Spider-Man films, this is the reigning king. A dazzling follow-up to the first Raimi film, this Spider-Man raises the stakes in every level. The dialogue isn't the best, but the storyline is supremely crafted, always feeling like a comic book but always feeling like there is a significant arc and weight to what's going on. Makes me pine for the days where every blockbuster wasn't an apocalyptic city-wide collapse, but had to do with characters, with people we grew to understand and care about. The entire plot of Spider-Man 2 is contained, even when it has it's moments of sheer heroic incredulity (the train...really?). And that's what makes it so great.
I don't think it's a masterpiece, the romance-angle is horrible and bogs down the film in the same way that Ditko's comic series was eventually morphed into an Archie-lite series, but Raimi really shoots the hell out of this.
It's just really dynamic, much like Raimi's early horror work. It's hard to articulate, but the zoom shots of screaming women as Doc Ock hurdles toward them, there's nothing else like it in modern cinema (because everyone is obsessed with slow, tracking shots, but alas).
The sappy stuff is also hit and miss, but when it works it works (the train sequence in particular). I can't help but given credit to Elfman for this too, his hero theme for Spider-Man is so great.
All of what worked in the first movie has been optimized even further for the sequel; genuine comedy, eye-popping action, faultless visuals, and a more effective villain. In fact, Alfred Molina as Doc Oc proves his versatility and talent.
rain drops keep fallin' on my head :')
so much better than the new "amazing" ones.
This is my fav superhero film. It's got amazing action, love the train fight at the end and the scene with Dr.octopus and Spiderman in bank. The relationships between characters is stronger it's got humour but it's darker and better for it. Actors improve and the last scene with Dr.octopus sacrificing himself and peters conflict of being a superhero and being a normal teenager is relatable and add to the best scenes in the movie. Only problem is the weird mirror illusions other than that fantastic film.
Für mich, bis dahin, die beste Comicverfilmung und bis heute, der beste von fünf Spidey-Filmen. Ich kann gar nicht beschreiben, was mich alles Fasziniert, glaubt mir einfach!!! Cooler Film.
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Every film Roger Ebert has given a four-star rating. This is an ongoing project.
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