The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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.
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.…
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…
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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,…
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…
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…
The "Raindrops keep falling on my head" scene is a cinematic masterpiece I don't care what you say.
This movie does have some spectacular action sequences, but I feel like the biggest focus is actually on the characters, and that in my opinion makes the movie even better. Seeing Peter Parker and the other characters deal with everyday struggles and not having everything go their way is something I feel helps this movie stick out among other comic book movies. There are moments of genuine emotion, while also wonderful moments of humor. This movie manages the rare feat (especially for a super hero sequel) of making the hero and the villain, this time around bein Alfred Molina's perfect take on Dr. Octopus, equally interesting and in some ways even giving them similar-yet-mildly-contrasting journeys. Throw all that in with a fun moment where it all goes Evil Dead for a little bit, and you have something truly remarkable.
Everybody loves a hero.
Dare i say top 5 best superhero movies? Yes! Yes i do.
It's just good writing... That's all I have to say.
Even on a long ass car ride Spider-Man 2 still brings me back to my childhood and makes me smile!
I watched the 2.1 version tonight as well. It does not add much. A few scenes up front are different, but it's a similar, probably slightly lesser experience.
I noticed two things about this tonight. When Mary Jane asks her betrothed to lean his head back, she is kissing him upside down, to "test" if he is Spider-Man. Very odd, but I never actually thought of that before. And in the big scene where Peter rescues the train (if you haven't seen the movie by now..really?), well..where the fuck was that train headed? It has passengers on it, but it ends in a dead drop. Was it a suicide train? And don't tell me it was meant to stop and back up again.
A lot of fans think that this is the apex of Spider-Man movies, that it's some kind of superhero movie masterpiece. I tend to disagree,…
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…