A damn near perfect summer blockbuster
Two years on from defeating the Green Goblin, Peter Parker is having a
harder time meeting the ongoing expectations of the public. On top of
this the double life is taking its strain on his job, his personal life
and his ability to even cast webs. Parker decides enough is enough and
throws it all in after all, he is only one man. Meanwhile, A
brilliant scientist, Dr Octavius sees his life's work on a fusion
reactor explode killing his wife. Wife the protective device on his
computerised arms broken, Dr Octavius loses his grip on sanity and
starts to rebuild his reactor using money and materials from crime.
With him seemingly intent on destruction, Parker must decide if the
needs of others outweigh his own.
With many blockbusters falling at the opening weekend this summer, the
title of 'summer's best' was still up for grabs when I arrived at the
cinema to watch Spiderman 2 (having only the week earlier given it the
miss in favour of lighter fare). Two hours later I emerged having
enjoyed one of the most entertaining popcorn films I'll probably see
all year. The plot is more than able to fill the running time and,
although the action scenes often have large gaps between them, there
are no moments where I was bored even if there are a few moments
where the film slightly slows. The complexity of the hero is the main
thing he is an unwilling hero and the strain shows well on him. Even
the potentially ponderous thread with Mary-Jane plays pretty well for
the most part.
The villain of the piece is similar to the Green Goblin of the first
film in that he is a scientist driven to madness by 'voices' who we
want to lose as well as feeling for more tragic than evil. Where
Dafoe was great as the Goblin, the silly costume hindered the actor,
here Molina has no such obstacle and does very well carrying off the
'voices' scene without it looking silly it is only a shame that he
has so little screen time as a person (he has little time anyway but
the vast majority of it is throwing cars around). With these complex
people as the fronts it is any wonder that the script has no problem
being surprisingly strong for a summer action movie. You could read
meaning into most of it but it is hard to not see the New York people
on the train carrying the prone body of Spiderman backwards as having a
bigger significance a surprisingly poignant movie after a big
effects-driven scene. The script also throws in a real mix of emotions
perfect for a film that is more about being an exciting ride than a
piece of art. Plenty of it is very funny, some of it is touching, some
of it is about character and some of it, well, some of it is about cars
being thrown through windows! And of course the latter is what we have
In terms of action, the several big action sequences are very enjoyable
and put the skirmishes from the first movie very much in the shade.
Part of this is down to the increased intensity of the fights due to
the close combat nature of the character but it is hard not to be
impressed by the impact of the vastly improved effects. In the first
movie I struggled occasionally to get past the fact that some of it
(not all but some) looked very much like an average playstation game.
Here the effects are great; sure, you can still tell when a mid-shot of
a character is real or CGI but they are much more convincing and they
are used a lot better making it easier to accept them as real for the
purposes of the film. Of course what really makes the action sequences
is Raimi's great direction. He is very able in the smaller moments but
he is fantastic in the massive action scenes that he pulls together. At
times his direction is very clever and my favourite 'reference' scene
is also the one that surprised me that it was rated PG. In a very clear
reference to Evil Dead, doctors are hammered by Dr Octopus' arms for
the first time dragged screaming (ED's trees) and tackling it with
bone saws (Ash's chain saw). It was a very intense scene and, with it
being in a PG, it acts as proof that the BBFC are not as strict as the
moaners would have us believe.
Working with this direction, the cast all do really well. Maguire takes
the pratfalls, the moral questions, the romance and the action equally
as well. He is very much the likable everyman that the film needs
Spiderman to be and he is good throughout. Dunst has talked about her
desire to do more than just this type of film and, from this, I can see
why. Although she has some good scenes, generally she is sidelined and
it is to her credit that she does as well as she does with
comparatively little to work with. Molina is given too little time and
lacks a really strong scene of emotion in the same way that Dafoe did
in front of the mirror but he still does well. I didn't feel his pain
as much as I really should have done but that was more down to his low
screen time rather than his performance. Franco is good but a bit too
one-dimensional; given that the third film will be very dependent on
him I'm hoping he can step up to the plate more than he did here. Of
the support cast, once again it is a wonderfully OTT Simmons who steals
every scene he is in he is so good that I never once saw him as his
Oz character an association I never thought he'd be able to break but
he did and he did it hilariously. Cameos from Campbell, Raimi and
Dafoe are all enjoyable and add to their scenes.
Overall this is not a perfect film and I am bemused by its appearance
in the top 250 list here but it does basically everything it sets out
to do and does it in a manner that puts this years' other blockbusters
in the shade. The script is clever, interesting and involving; the
characters are complex and pretty well drawn while the film delivers
laughs as frequently as it does action. With improved effects and some
very impressive action scenes this is definitely the movie to sue in a
summer full of misses and average thrills..
nsalazar watch The Volunteer Worker movie
The last of the good spider man movies... but i didn´t fully like it... too much drama... .
firstname.lastname@example.org watch Miss Conception movie
Ainda não vi esse filme, mas gostaria de vê-lo ainda neste ano.
anii9000 watch District 13 movie
mendezgr watch Bonneville movie
very good movie..
isra watch Double Dagger movie
spiderman 2 is awsome .
spiderman 2 is way better than spider man 1. peter parker loses his powers as spiderman and gains them back later on and save marry jane.
spiderman is awsome it is the best movie i have seen .
i really like it......
IT IS AN AMAZING MOVIE.
I find this movie to be cool..
A smoother, better, and more stylish sequel.
The web head returns in this top notch blockbuster sequel that
surpasses the first with better visuals, a better story, and another
infamous villain that will having Marvel fans cringing.
Tobey Maguire reunites with his alter ego, Spider Man, and this time,
its about something different. Peter Parker's life becomes the most
frustrating life ever, holding down two jobs, including college
courses, and of course, being Spider Man. To make matters worse,
Peter's idol, Dr. Octavius, goes through a brutal accident with a
science experiment, and becomes an evil, mechanical, crime causing
felon known as Doc Oc, with giant mechanical arms coming out of his
back. He also loses the girl of his dreams, Mary Jane Watson, to
another guy, which loses his concentration and ability to hold down
being Spider Man.
The story is better, and more emotional, as you see how Peter struggles
in his life, and how Spider Man destroys his happiness. The effects are
a lot better, and the comics are followed much better, featuring
characters such as Dr. Connors, Doc Oc of course, and several more from
In short, surpasses the first with a better story and better visuals.
Also perfectly sets itself up for a sequel..