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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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
(Film 42 of Toby's Attempt At The December Project)
Everyone claims to watch this for the action scenes (which are pretty awesome) and the fact it's a well made superhero movie in general, but let's face it, the real reason everyone watches this is for JK Simmons' possibly psychotic newspaper editor. Anyone who claims otherwise is obviously lying.
The first time I saw this film I thought it was fine. It did not hold up to scrutiny very well on this rewatch.
I'll start with the positives. Molina is fantastic as the villain. Where I felt Defoe really overacted rather badly as the Green Goblin, Molina manages to underplay the role of comic book villain really well. I'm not saying that he is well written (I'll get to that later), but the performance is excellent.
I also really liked Elfman's score. It had great character and the returning villain motif was really good. The film is also paced really well as the two hours seem to whiz by. This is also due to some wonderful action sequences, most…
With eight years of retrospection, it is a minor miracle that Spider-Man 2 has aged relatively unscathed. It’s refreshing to see a director’s vision complete a full arc of a story without the baggage of studio interference. Spider-Man 3 and the new reboot are evidence we now have that when the studio takes control, we get a clusterfuck. You need a consistent vision with these tricky superhero stories and the second you force story elements and force questionable character motivations to move the plot as a cop out, you’ve lost me completely. Spider-Man 2 can thankfully breathe as a mostly organic story and leaves many choices to be made by the characters without forcing the plot by lazy screenwriting.
I can see there are flaws in this. Some of Alfred Molina's lines pre-Doc Ock make me cringe a little, and I can never decide if Raimi realizes just how much of a dick Peter is to Mary Jane or not. But the flaws just work in the movies favor somehow--the sappiness makes it feel more like an old school comic, and Peter's baffling inability to realize that he can't try to woo someone and push her away at the same time ("I can't be with you. Here's some poetry!") just makes sense somehow. Like it's some kind of inadvertent comment on how so many romances in long-form serial storytelling work, frozen in the tension between desire and the demands…
Most action blockbusters these days seem to exist as commercials for themselves. Every 10-minute chunk of film has to have at least one huge super-fight, a couple of "quotable" one-liners, and some iconic imagery to put in the trailer. Spider-Man 2 seems to have come to fruition along the exact opposite principle: Not only does Peter Parker spend half the movie sans superpowers, he also seems on the verge of tears most of the time. It's tough being a boring white guy, with or without Spider-sense.
This narrative audacity would count for a lot more if the movie weren't so tonally uneven. Broad, almost sketch-comedy-like comic scenes are thrown together with good old-fashioned sentimentality, like Aunt May saying "there's a…
Once regarded as the best comicbook movie ever made, this has not aged well at all.
The dialogue is simply awful, every other line made me cringe. The performances, particularly by Franco and Molina are completely over the top and similarly embarrassing - I'm aware that these were most likely conscious choices, but really that makes them even worse.
Every time Aunt May comes on screen I have to wonder if she had time travelled from some point in the 60's. She a ridiculous depiction of an elderly woman from the early 2000's.
That all said, I do think they got Peter Parker right (if not Spider-Man) and, despite his diologue, I like Toby Maguire - even if his face…
You wanna talk about one of the greatest superheroes films of all time? Well, 'Spider-Man 2' will most likely come up in one of those conversations. Featuring some of the best writing to come out of any superhero film, this film perfectly captures the struggles Peter Parker goes through in his dual life as both himself and Spider-Man.
The best of the trilogy, and the best spiderman movie yet. Those scenes with the goofy behaviour of Peter Parker, trying to act "normal" and all, are so hilarious that just bring me back to watch it again.
By far the best of the trilogy.
I take it back: Spider-Man 2 is the best of the original film trilogy, and I'll tell you why. The reason I originally gave the first installment the benefit of the doubt was because I appreciated its darker tone than its sequels. However, that doesn't mean everything as Spider-Man 2 gives the viewers not only a better sense of action but also character development.
The majority of the characters on screen in the first movie are pretty one-dimensional. That's not to say that no one's annoying in the sequel. Rather you see the characters grow. This may be the only time in a film yet when you actually care about the relationship between Peter Parker and Mary Jane since they're…
Awesome film. Awesome character arc with Peter, believable villain with understandable motivations and tragic circumstances, effects that hold up almost a decade later, great pacing and tone and a kick-ass score.
Glad they left the series here and didn't make a third movie because they never made a third movie and that didn't happen hahaha
Spider-Man 2 not only improved upon the original, it's stood the test of time and remained among the heights of the top tier superhero films since the day it came out.
La entrada en liza del guionista de Gente Corriente (Robert Redford, 1980), Alvin Sargent, terminó de cimentar las prometedoras bases asentadas en el primer Spiderman (Sam Raimi, 2002).
El resultado es una de las mejores películas de entretenimiento vistas en muchos años, y la mejor muestra del cine “de superhéroes” desde Superman II (Richard Lester, 1980), con la que por cierto guarda más de un punto en común.
La diversión es tal que, incluso, Raimi y Sargent se permiten, en un momento dado, un gracioso montaje musical a los sones de Raindrops keep falling on my head.
A film worthy of being one of the best superhero sequals of all time. The reason why this film is so good isn't because it has more action. It's because it builds on the person who is Peter Parker and his troubles with being Spider-Man as well as further developing the chemistry between the main characters. And yes, the action kicks up a few notches as well.
Tobey Maguire gives Parker more depth in this sequal. Parker is having troubles in his personel life with his two best friends, Mary-Jane and Harry Osbourne. Mary-Jane and Parker have told each other about their effection towards the other. However, because of Parker being Spider-Man he doesn't want to be with her for…
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Pulp Fiction
- Fight Club
- Blade Runner
- The Big Lebowski
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of…
- Superman II
- Swamp Thing
- Superman III
Leave me suggestions in the comments. Note: comic characters are not ALWAYS superheroes. Note #2: pre-existing characters only. No Unbreakable…